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Train Your Swimmers to Have Proper Body Position for Backstroke!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

5x Team State Championship coach, Mark Onstott, details 3 variations for training the proper body position for backstroke. This segment will help enable the swimmer to maintain a good posture.

Backstroke Body Position Drill (3 levels)

Drill Summary: Position 1 is the traditional streamline kicking position that works on maintaining a high position on the water, especially the hips and feet.  Position 2 is a unique position that Coach Onstott likes to use with his developing swimmers where one arm is extended straight overhead and the other is crossed right behind the head. Position 3 is a double cross arm position that Coach Onstott uses for his novice swimmers.  Positions 2 and 3 are unique as they enable the swimmer to maintain a good posture but not be in a survival mode in the streamline position that many lower level or novice competitive swimmers try to do before they are skilled enough to do it properly.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “High School Coaching Academy: Strokes, Starts, Turns and Breakouts.” View other world class Swimming videos!




Create a Strong, Powerful Kick with the Quarter Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Olympians, Kara Lynn JoyceJimmy Feigen, and Matt Grevers provide you with a drill called the Quarter Drill. This drill will help swimmers focus on a strong powerful kick.

Quarter Drill

Drill Summary: The swimmer begins kicking ¼ of the 25 in streamline position then the second ¼ is full stroke (focusing on the strong kick), the third ¼ the swimmer goes back to streamline kick and the final ¼ the arms are added. Swimmers must focus on the strong constant driving kick and when the arms are added there is no pause in the kick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Sprint Freestyle with Kara Lynn Joyce and Jimmy Feigen.” View other world class Swimming videos!




Improve on One of the Key Segments of the Breaststroke!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

University of Tennessee Head Coach, Matt Kredich, reviews the 4 segments of the breaststroke that include outsweep, insweep, recovery and forward explosion, and the kick and glide. This particular drill focuses on the recovery and forward explosion.

Breaststroke Recovery and Explosion

Drill Summary: The first drill in this segment is to perform breaststroke with a dolphin kick propelled by using fins. Kredich encourages the swimmer to try to feel the resistance at the end of the insweep and to try to get out of that position as quickly as possible with a fast explosive recovery and snapping back to a tight “line” on the surface. Kredich then shares a variation doing breaststroke pulling with a flutter kick with fins. He believes that the flutter kick keeps the lower abs constantly engaged that allows the swimmer to push forward through every part of the stroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Technical Breaststroke.” View other world class Swimming videos!




Learn Key Concepts to Swim Faster in the Butterfly!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

14x NCAA All-American with the University of Arizona, Coley Stickels, shows you the 2 ½ Slide Drill. This drill enhances several key concepts for learning to swim a lower flat forward focused butterfly stroke without creating too much undulation.

2 ½ Slide Drill

Athlete Movement: In this drill the swimmer will take 2 full butterfly strokes each with a low breath and a high hooking catch position that drives the body forward. Then the swimmer takes one half stroke (pull through only) and dives into a flat head forward driven acceleration position before repeating the 2 full strokes.

Key benefits of the drill include: forcing the swimmer to pop the hips for a more fluid stroke without over undulating, keeping the head in a forward focused movement pattern, and helps the swimmer drive the head forward after breathing.

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






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