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Increase Your High Jump with Travis Geopfert!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Thursday, October 1, 2015

A fun drill for athletes to use to practice their jumping technique is the “Circle Pops Drill” from University of Arkansas assistant coach, Travis Geopfert. High jumpers will target their explosion off the surface of the ground and work on executing a quick takeoff to maximize height.

Circle Pops Drill

Drill Summary: Set up two hurdles about ten yards away from each other, facing the same direction (the sides of the hurdles should be in a line). One by one, athletes take turns running around in a circle and jumping over the hurdles while running in the circle. The focus of the drill is on staying in a lean before jumping and getting off the ground quickly. Go around the circle twice, then have the next athlete begin their rep.


This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Arkansas Track and Field Presents Common Errors and Corrections High Jump.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

Learn to Thrust Forward on the Freestyle!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Thursday, October 1, 2015

14 time NCAA All-American with the University of Arizona, Coley Stickels, uses the “Pivot Drill” to teach his athletes how to set the catch and use the hands to thrust forward on the freestyle stroke. The timing and pivoting action developed in this drill will help swimmers become more efficient freestylers.

Pivot Drill

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off from the wall with a snorkel. To begin, put one hand out in front of the shoulder and kick eight times. On the eighth kick, set the high elbow catch and pull the hand straight down toward the bottom of the pool. After that, flatten the hips and go into a recovery position. Repeat for the length of the pool. It’s important to avoid overreaching during this drill, and athletes should also keep their kick consistent and their elbow close to the surface of the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Mega Drills for Freestyle.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Top Position Techniques to Give You an Edge!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Thursday, October 1, 2015

University of Illinois associate head coach, Mark Perry, presents a few of the techniques he uses from the top position. Moves like the ones in this video are what helped Perry gain an edge over his opponents while he went on to win two NCAA Championships at the University of Iowa.

Top Position Technique

Drill Summary: Coach Perry urges all wrestlers to figure out the top position technique they are comfortable with, then stick to it during all matches. Some of the things he likes to do include: knee to back prior to the whistle, squeeze the opponent prior to the whistle (to take the air out of them), push forward with the inside arm immediately after the whistle and secure a claw inside. No matter what you do, Coach Perry urges you to think “Attack!”

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Next Generation Wrestling Drills.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Learn a Rotation Drill for the Discus!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Thursday, October 1, 2015

John Ridgway, Central Michigan University throws coach, uses the “Rotation Drill” to work on the balance of his discus throwers. By staying on the ball of their feet and having their body move as one unit, athletes will learn how to set up a solid base for every time they launch the discuss.

Rotation Drill

Drill Summary: Athletes progress from a quarter turn, to a half turn, to a 360 degree turn, to a 450 degree turn in this drill progression. In all four turns, the proper technique includes beginning in a balanced position with weight evenly distributed over both legs. Next, turn the left leg and have it lead the turn before transferring balance onto it. As the athlete starts to turn, their left side should be locked in and their body should move as a unit.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Balance.
2) Chest up.
3) Shoulders level.
4) Move as a unit.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Mega Drills for the Discus.” View other world class Track & Field videos!


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