Start to Finish Freestyle
with Jack Bauerle, University of Georgia Head men's and women's swim coach;
4x NCAA Women's champion, 7x SEC Women's champion,
5x NCAA coach of the year, 12xSEC coach of the year;
Team USA Women's Head Coach 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Jack Bauerle describes the ideal freestyle technique and shows you simple drills that can improve stroke efficiency. By analyzing the underwater views of All-American Chelsea Nauta, you will get a sense of what each drill should feel like for your swimmers. Bauerle breaks down the freestyle from the start to the finish and shows several common mistakes with tips on how to correct them.
Coach Bauerle begins this freestyle presentation with a full stroke overview that demonstrates all of the components of great freestyle. Baurele believes that attaining an ideal body position begins with establishing an ideal head position. Upon establishing a proper head position, body roll is added along with the kick. He presents a six-drill progression that establishes ideal head and body positioning, body rotation with kicking, and single arm freestyle that works on the timing of the stroke along with techniques for effective breathing in the stroke cycle.
Moving to the Recovery to Entry segment, Baurele reviews his preferred high elbow recovery style and entry into the water that connects to the catch. With the catch established, Baurele moves to the Push Drill that emphasizes the proper arm pull movement and finish for the underwater stroke cycle. Bauerle offers tips for executing an "elbow lead" recovery set up that he feels is imperative for driving the stroke. A full stroke review pulls together all aspects of the stroke.
To complete the entire stroke, Bauerle reviews:
- The basics of the forward start, including block set up for foot and hand positioning and block stability. He then details the technical aspects of the start entry and breakout that includes a dolphin kick to flutter kick transition connected to an effective breakout stroke.
- The ingredients for a high speed turn that emphasizes executing a tight spin to get the feet over quickly for an effective and powerful turn through the push off and breakout.
- How to execute a proper finish.
- Strategies for all freestyle races for both long course and short course distances.
Also featured is a Common Errors segment where Baurele demonstrates and corrects six of the most common freestyle errors.
This presentation offers comprehensive instruction for successful freestyle swimming from one of the country's most successful freestyle coaches; Jack Bauerle.
62 minutes. 2012.Start to Finish Backstroke
with Ray Looze,
Indiana University Head Women's Swim Coach; 5x Big 10 Champs
Ray Looze is one of the most prolific backstroke coaches in the country. His highly successful approach to teaching and coaching the stroke can be characterized as "keeping it simple." In this presentation, Looze is joined by two of his elite backstrokers, both NCAA All Americans and members of the World University Games U.S. Team.
At the center of Looze's backstroke technique are four primary sequential drills he uses to teach the technical components of the stroke. For each drill, Looze details the purpose of the drill, and the technical components that each drill compliments. Looze interviews his swimmers about each aspect of backstroke, interspersing their commentary with demonstrations in the pool. This swimmer initiated feedback is invaluable for both swimmers and coaches.
Also of great benefit are the tips that Looze offers throughout the drill instruction on how he varies his backstroke techniques for the sprint events versus the longer backstroke events. The variety of camera angles, both above and below water, and the repetition of the demonstrations at full speed and slow motion, paint a clear picture for the viewer. .
Learn to effectively kickout for successful backstroke walls. Looze details how to test and execute proper amplitude and frequency, and specifics on how when to begin the kick after the push off to carry maximum speed from the wall into the kickout. You'll also see techniques for body position and the importance of incorporating the core to drive undulation.
Full stroke demonstrations connect the kickout to the stroke and include narrations of what a coach should watch for to avoid common errors that occur in the stroke.
Looze next moves to the backstroke start. He shares variables to consider in individualizing the start to be most beneficial to the swimmer.
In the backstroke turn segment, Looze's focus is on how to transition from the back to the belly quickly and the importance of making the last stroke into the wall a freestyle stroke. The breakout from the turn is also detailed with a focus on making the first two strokes very fast in an effort to get the body back on the surface of the water.
In the final segment of the presentation, Looze demonstrates six training aids he incorporates to enhance technique training. Learn to use bands, paddles, a pulley system, tarps, therabands and even tennis shoes to build power for great distance per stroke and endurance.
Coaches and swimmers at all levels will gain a greater appreciation of the components of great backstroke. Comprehensive coverage of the stroke make this a great blueprint for new swimmers and coaches to build a training strategy. Established coaches will get a look at Coach Looze's backstroke innovations that have helped his swimmers use a wider Y entry and a more shallow pull to get a dynamic catch and faster tempo.
65 minutes. 2012.Start to Finish Breaststroke
with Kelly Kremer, University of Minnesota Head Women's Coach;
coach of the 2011 NCAA champions in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events
Swim faster, more efficient breaststroke!
Kelly Kremer details the techniques you need to to swim championship-caliber breaststroke. Demonstrating the stroke for Coach Kremer are two NCAA Champions: Jillian Tyler (NCAA Champion 100M Breaststroke) and Haley Spencer (NCAA Champion 200M Breaststroke). These two champions offer a fantastic contrast of styles that Kremer highlights throughout the presentation.
The initial part of the video focuses specifically on forward movement in breaststroke and how to improve that aspect of the stroke. Kremer shows a drill sequence that breaks down the components of forward movement in the stroke in a sequential order that builds the stroke segment by segment. Kremer presents five drills that focus on the breaststroke pull that progress from pull only through pulling with varying flutter, butterfly and breaststroke kicks that combine to teach effective stroke tempo.
In the second part of the video, Coach Kremer shows the vital parts of an effective kick using dry land and water based demonstrations and drills. He describes the components for a forward focused kick with an emphasis on how to effectively finish the kick. This segment features a 4-drill sequence that adds proper body positioning to the kick. This sequence helps train the breaststroker to maintain proper body line and head position with a flat and forward focus. Kremer ends this segment of the presentation with a timing drill that connects the pull and the kick.
Kremer includes the pullout, turns, starts and race specific elements for success. Once again the use of two different types of swimmers give coaches the tools to fine tune technique for a variety of swimmers who skills and talents are different. Kremer also provides a common errors segment, where he identifies seven common breaststroke errors. Each error is demonstrated and corrected with precise, corrective feedback.
This is one of the most complete breaststroke videos you can buy - great for swimmers and coaches alike. Swimmers will not only gain information by watching this video, they will hear about and see the "feel" that great breaststrokers need to be successful. This is a great resource for drills and it will serve as a great tool for recognizing and correcting stroke mechanics.
87 minutes. 2012.Start to Finish Butterfly
with Rich DeSelm, University of North Carolina Head Coach;
2011 World University Games Head Coach;
Improve every aspect of your swimmers' butterfly stroke.
Rich DeSelm uses both above water and underwater videos of two female butterfliers to demonstrate drills for correct body position, breath timing and arm recovery cycles.
Coach DeSelm starts with drills that focus on proper body position from head to toe. Using these drills, you will develop:
- Balanced body position
- Improved core and leg strength
- Better stroke timing and tempo
Incorrect breath timing can put the breaks on forward momentum. DeSelm shows you drills that teach correct breath timing and head position both in and out of the water.
Butterfly requires a fast arm recovery. With these drills, you'll learn how to keep you body from sinking due to a too-high arm recovery as well as how to time arm recovery to your kick.
In addition to these stroke-focused drills, DeSelm breaks down the start, turn and finish. You'll learn how to time your breakout, how to carry stroke momentum into the walls and how to finish strong. Finally, he reviews common stroke errors, like reaching out too far or rushing the catch and how to fix them.
Butterfly can be a challenging stroke without a balanced body position, synchronized arm and breath timing, and a good arm catch. With this video, your butterfly can become easier and more powerful while giving you energy for a faster and more enjoyable race.
53 minutes. 2012.
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