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Split Into Groups for an Efficient Diving Practice!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, April 1, 2016

A common problem for many diving coaches is only having one diving board at their facility. If this is a problem for you, Edina High School diving coach, Jason Baumann, gives you a practice plan that’ll allow you to get all of your divers reps on the board while keeping your entire team active.

Practice Planning

Drill Summary: If you’re limited to just one diving board, Coach Baumann suggests you split your team into even groups and have stations for dryland training, poolside training and diving board work. At the dryland station, athletes can work on modeling while the poolside group practices their 100s and 200s. At the same time, divers can be working on their list of dives and entries on the board itself. Remember to rotate to get everyone equal work at every station.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Coaching High School Diving: Practice Planning and Implementation.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Tow Swimmers to Speed Up Their Freestyle Stroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, April 1, 2016

University of Tennessee assistant coach and 2000 U.S. Olympic Team assistant coach, Bill Boomer, shows you a drill that’ll tighten up swimmers’ freestyle streamlines. Coach Boomer is a pioneer of balanced swimming (using core muscles to minimize water resistance) with more than 50 years of coaching experience.

Towed Freestyle

Drill Summary: Before beginning, attach a tow cable to the swimmer’s waist. The swimmer pushes off from the wall and is pulled by the tow cable through the water. Start with a one hand lead (either hand) in freestyle restart position. Next, take a swinging recovery and go to the other side with the other arm in the lead. Breathe off the rotation of the body. If the swimmer does the drill correctly, the flow of the water around them should not change.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Freestyle Reimagined.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Learn Rich DeSelm’s “Weave Drill” for the Butterfly!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, April 1, 2016

Rich DeSelm, University of North Carolina head coach and 2011 World University Games head coach, uses the “Weave Drill” to improve his swimmers’ body position for the butterfly. This is a great warm-up drill and can be used by beginning to advanced swimmers to ensure a great T-press.

Weave Drill

Drill Summary: This drill can be completed with a snorkel. The swimmer pushes off from the wall with their eyes down and undulates through the water. Their focus is T-pressing from their head down through their chest. As the swimmer T-presses, their hips should come up. This drill can be done with no kick or with a slight kick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Start to Finish Butterfly.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Maximize Your Backstroke Propulsion!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

14 time All-American at the University of Arizona, Coley Stickels, teaches you the “Catch & Throw” drill. Versions of this drill are commonly used to help swimmers improve their freestyle, but it can also serve as a great way to accent the forearm in the catch for anyone utilizing the backstroke.

Catch & Throw

Drill Summary: The swimmer pushes off from the wall slightly on their side, then sets their catch. To complete a rep, pull the arm all the way through and return to the recovery position. Focus on throwing the body/torso past the catch and keeping all momentum on a horizontal plane. Coach Stickels has his swimmers use an over grip paddle to accent the forearm in the catch. Remember to work on both hands.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Mega Drills for Backstroke.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Learn the Fundamentals of a Back Jump!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jason Baumann, Edina High School diving coach and owner of North Star Diving Club, runs through the basic aspects of a quality back jump. The back jump can serve as a great tool for athletes who don’t have much prior diving experience and need a place to begin learning the fundamentals.

Back Jump with Arm Swing

Drill Summary: Start with the balls of your feet on the board. Next, bend your knees and make sure your heels point up (the body should form a straight line between the shoulders, hips and heels in this position). Maintain good balance and lift away from the board while also staying tight in your stomach. Use no more than four oscillations, otherwise you may be deducted by the judges.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Coaching High School Diving: Safe Diving Basicse.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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