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Handle the Water Barrier in the Steeplechase!

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

Former Weber State University head coach and U.S. assistant coach at the 1996 Olympics, Chick Hislop, explains the ways that athletes can clear the water barrier obstacle in the steeplechase. Stepping on the hurdle or clearing the hurdle altogether are both options for attacking the water barrier.

Water Barrier

Drill Summary: For the foot on the hurdle method, the athlete should jump onto the hurdle with one foot, then jump off with their first step landing on or past the nine foot line. For the clearing the hurdle method, the athlete jumps completely over the hurdle and lands with one foot in the water, using their second step to run out of the water. Coach Hislop frowned upon using a sand pit to practice as it wasn’t realistic for landing on a hard surface. Instead, he either used a covered water pit or with the actual water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Drills & Techniques for Successful Steeplechase.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Establish a Consistent Approach for Horizontal Jumps!

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

Ken Brauman Jr., Seminole High School (Florida) track & field coach and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team head manager, shows you how to help athletes gain a more consistent approach. Coach Brauman uses a relay zone on the track to measure where his athletes’ takeoff point is before moving to the runway.

Approach

Drill Summary: Go to a relay zone on the track and have the athlete put both of their feet on the zone line. Next, the athlete takes a step back away from their mark with their jumping foot. The coach stands at the end of the relay zone and counts the number of strides the athlete takes to sprint past the coach. On each rep, the coach marks where the takeoff point was for the athlete. Use multiple reps to establish a consistent takeoff point, then move to the runway.

 

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Horizontal Jumps.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Improve Form and Mechanics of Sprinters!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

University of Iowa director of track & field/cross country, Joey Woody, helped his team set seven school records in 2015. In this clip, Coach Woody presents a drill designed to work on the form and mechanics of athletes, putting emphasis on applying the foot in the proper position to generate rhythm.

Acceleration Line Drill

Drill Summary: Begin by starting in a 2 point position with the toe extended over the starting line on the track. Put weight over the front leg and start in a leaning position. To begin, fall forward into an acceleration position and begin running, gradually increasing stride distance down the track. Remember to use a low ankle recovery and keep the arms moving.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Foot position.
2) Rhythm.
3) Low ankle recovery.
4) Hip displacement.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Sprints & Relays Strategies and Training.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Work on High Jump Technique for the Top of the Bar!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

Jeremy Fischer, head coach and lead instructor at the Chula Vista High Performance Training Center, runs through a few drills that will help your high jumpers improve their technique at the top of the bar. Coach Fischer’s drills will improve back arch, core strength, and being patient over the bar.

Top of the Bar

Drill Summary: There are five drills in this video.

  1. Leg Press – Lay down with your back on the mat and the soles of your feet flat on the mat as well. Press up into a hold position and stay there for 2-3 seconds.
  2. Back Press – Get in the same position as the Leg Press, but put your hands next to your ears and push up with them while pushing up with your hips. Hold for 2-3 seconds and do 2-3 reps.
  3. Press, Jack Knife – From the hold position in the Back Press, jack knife into the mat. This exercise gets jumpers used to a falling feeling.
  4. Back Overs Onto Mat – Stand on the ground with your back facing the mat. Jump back onto the mat, arching your back, then lay there after landing for a couple seconds.
  5. Rock Backs Into Arch Position – Lay on the side of the mat with your upper body hanging off. Rock back with the assistance of a coach and hold that position for 2-3 seconds.

Keys to the Drills:

1) Solid back arch.
2) Hold the arched position.
3) Core strength.
4) Land correctly.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “20 Drills & Techniques for Teaching the High Jump.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Utilize Power Position for Further Shot Put Throws!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

In order to throw the shot put further than ever, the thrower must use correct technique, including the power position. Take it from University of Buffalo assistant coach Jim Garnham, who has over 45 years of experience coaching the shot put at the high school, college and national levels.

Power Position

Drill Summary: There are three phases of this drill. Phase 1 has the athlete simply begin with both of their feet forward and throw the shot put. Phase 2 moves on to dropping the foot that corresponds with your throwing hand back, then opening up with the hip before throwing the shot put. Finally, phase 3 is the complete power position. Set up at the front of the circle so the middle of your back foot lines up with the big toe of your front foot, then drop that foot straight back in the circle (this allows you to turn through on the throw). For the full power position progression, reach up with your lead arm, turn your hip through, keep the shot behind your back hip, bring in your lead arm and fire away.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Good posture.
2) Foot placement.
3) Hip turn.
4) Keep the shot behind your hip on the turn.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Teaching and Coaching Glide and Rotational Shot Put.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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