University of Texas-Dallas head coach, Marci Sanders, runs her players through the “Two Touch Drill” to improve their skills for a variety of volleyball hits. It’s much easier to control the tempo in the game if your athletes are able to control the ball via passing, setting, tipping and high hands.
Drill Summary: In the narrow court, players get in groups of four with two players on each side of the net. The coach shouts out specific tempos that they want the players to use. Tempos used in the clip include: 4-4, first touch 4 set across 3, first touch 4 down ball 3, first touch 4 jump and tip 2, first touch 4 jump and roll 3. Work on listening and communicating with your partner!
Arthur Albiero, University of Louisville head coach, presents two body position drills that will help you establish and maintain a tight body line for your freestyle stroke. With an improved body position, you will be able to minimize drag, increase speed and become more efficient.
Drill Summary: For the “Body Kick,” swimmers keep their hands at their sides and kick forward, doing their best to take quick, sneaky breaths. Focus on maintaining a good body line and keeping your back high up. For the “Side Kick,” swimmers lean to one side with their underside hand extended out in front. The body should be in a line from the fingertips to the toes, and swimmers can use their arm to maintain their balance on both sides.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Freestyle Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!
In this drill that pits servers versus passers, both groups battle to be the first to hit their target point total. Abbey Sutherland, UW-Stevens Point head coach, gives players advice on which hits are ideal as they complete the drill with the goal of developing team finishing skills.
Drill Summary: This drill pits passers against servers. Passers start at 10 points and their goal is to get to 20. They gain points by hitting 3 passes. The servers want passers to get to 0 points… Any time the passers make a mistake, it’s -1 point. The point of the drill is to work on FINISHING a game. Coaches are also free to add hitters and blockers for an added dimension. As players are completing the drill, coaches should be instructing them on any good or bad decisions they make.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Finishing Drills for Simulating Game-Like Pressure.” View other world class Volleyball videos!
North Carolina State head coach, Braden Holloway, uses the Surf Drill Series as one of his main methods to teach timing for the butterfly. Without proper timing, swimmers can lose valuable speed and power and be forced to work much harder than they would with an efficient stroke.
Drill Summary: To begin this drill, the swimmer sets their stroke up by doing two sculls, one big kick, a second kick, then glides on the surface as far as they can before recovering and doing it all over again. Swimmers’ bodies should stay on the line and avoid going up or down too much. The focus is on the catch out front and keeping hands close to the body underneath. Once swimmers have grasped the “thrust forward, not up” method, add fins and small paddles and continue to work on gliding. Get just high enough out of the water to breathe.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Butterfly Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!