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Maurice Wilson was the Jamaican National Team Head Coach at the 2012 Olympic Games, and now he shows you a great drill for working on explosive power during the acceleration phase of the sprints. Athletes will perform an under-hand squat toss with a medicine ball. This will focus on triple extension of the hips, knees, and ankles which is key in explosive power.
Two athletes preform this drill. Both times the film is shown in regular speed and slow-motion so that you can see the breakdown of the drill. Coach Wilson gives cues on what to look for with hip placement of the athletes. This is a great drill to isolate and teach explosive power for starting out of the blocks and the acceleration phase. This drill can be done all year and in any gym or track complex.
Here high jumpers will have the opportunity to learn a penultimate drill that focuses on arm movement. Indiana State University Women’s Track & Field Assistant Coach, John Gartland, has a male and female athlete demonstrate how to drive the arms upward to increase your height.
Athletes will make a short approach in a half circle. Also, it is important for athletes to maximize their speed before getting to the penultimate step before takeoff.
2012 US Olympic Team Head Manager, Ken Brauman, takes you through a triple jump drill progression. There are three drills presented for athletes and coaches that start with a standing triple jump and then pushing the jumper back to three and five step approaches.
Each drill builds on the prior and demonstrates the basics to successful triple jump leg and arm actions. Requiring only three cones as target zones, the drills are best performed on a runway and into a sand pit to simulate the running surface and minimize stress on the legs at landing. Incorporating these drills into a pre-competition training phase will help the coach and athlete to lay the basis for a successful triple jump season.
Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Horizontal Jumps.” Discover other great Triple Jump videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!
Nationally recognized throwing coach Larry Judge shows you two variations of a common shot training drill used to address the lack of flexibility in the torso. Coach Judge talks you through the drill and rational for performing the drill with coaching points and detailed instructions.
Athletes complete the drill first using a bungee cord and then with a partner only. This drill can be used during any stage of the season and along with the many other drills included give the coach yet another tool in the box to help their athletes perform at higher levels than before.
Larry Judge has coached some of the most elite track & field athletes in the world. Here he shows you the Arm Strike drill series that addresses a neglected area of shot put instruction, the arm strike. Coach Judge shows you several med ball drills to teach the arm strike movement used in the shot put.
The only equipment required is a med ball that is weighted appropriate to the age and skill development of the athlete.
Drill 1: The push drill is a modification of the two-hand pass drill used by most basketball coaches. The difference is that the athlete pushes the ball with the thumb down, elbow out action of the arm strike. The drill is shown as a partner drill but could also be done against a wall or fence.
Drill 2: The athlete then progresses to a prone position on a bench in the drop drill. In this drill the med ball is dropped to the athlete who catches, recoils slightly and then throws the med ball vertically for their partner to catch.
Drill 3: The final drill in this sequence is the med ball wall strike. The athlete stands facing a wall or fence and using one hand, throws the med ball into the wall simulating the arm strike. All of these drills are done with little equipment, in quick progression and allow the athlete to feel the correct technique for the arm strike mechanics of the shot put.