Rick Demont begins this presentation teaching the forward start. Demont includes streamline entry drills that are designed to "groove" a swimmers feel of "holding the line" off of the start. On the block, Demont shares a thorough progression of setting up the track start, including placement of the feet, preferred leg angles, hand positioning, the "pull"off of the blocks, the flight, entry and streamline into breakout. Demont identifies some common challenges swimmers face with the forward start and offers insight into drills that will help a swimmer overcome start deficiencies. The use of three different swimmers greatly enhances this start segment. Next, Augie Busch presents a thorough breakdown of how to teach and coach the backstroke start. He includes the set up for the block/wall, the bar release technique, the preferred flight pattern, entry streamline and breakout. Busch uses two highly successful backstrokers in this segment; each of who utilize a different release and flight pattern with the hands/arms that will greatly benefit your coaching! From there the coaches share finish techniques for each of the strokes. In the final segment; Relay Starts, you will see the technique and strategies that Arizona swimmers use for fast, efficient and successful relay exchanges. Frank Busch narrates and critiques a medley relay and a free relay exchange series.
62 minutes. 2006.
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This video is useful in that it has sections on both starts and finishes. The dvd has simple instructions so even a begginner coach could understand them. There also a good section in the dvd on relay changeovers.
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