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2x Florida Class 4A State Championship Coach, David Halliday, presents a segment called ”How to Find the Athletes.” Coach Halliday discusses how the middle distance coach finds the athletes capable of running the 800 and 1500 meter distances. He stresses the 800 is the toughest race to find the athletes for.
Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: 800M / 1500M.” Take a look at additional Track & Field videos on Middle Distance Running.
Cliff Rovelto has experience working with elite athletes and knows what it takes to build championship hurdlers and sprinters. You will learn a great drill for working on max velocity, which helps you maintain form in the later part of the sprint/hurdle events. The athlete will perform an “A” Run with his arms extended over his head.
The reason for the arms to be extended overhead is to force the athlete to stand tall when performing the “A” Run. The athlete is staying tall and applying force into the ground with his feet. This drill can be modified for younger athletes by using a medicine ball instead of a bar.
Maurice Wilson coached the Jamaican National Team in the 2012 Olympic Games and here he shows us two great drills for working on the technique of sprinting. Athletes perform a High Step Drill followed by an “A” Skip Drill. Coach Wilson’s explanations make it easy to see why these drills are important.
Coach Wilson gives cues on what to look for while administering these drills. His cues are quick and easy to follow.
Kansas State University Head Track and Field Coach Cliff Rovelto shows us a great series of drills for working on dorsiflexion, which is a key element in the sprint/hurdle events. You will see how to perform a forward double leg hop over a series of 4” banana hurdles. During this exercise, the athlete is staying tall and applying force into the ground with his feet.
These drills can be done all year and in any gym or track complex.
The penultimate and ultimate steps are the focus of Indiana State’s John Gartland here in this drill. Gartland explains how he reinforces the idea of keeping your ankles dorsiflexed and driving your knee throughout the drill. This drill can be done in the gym, on the track, or anywhere.
This drill is part of Gartland’s penultimate ultimate curriculum to achieve higher and higher jumps! The focus on dorsiflexion, high knee drive, and the incorporation of the arm block, make this a must for all high jumpers.