University of Minnesota head coach, Hugh McCutcheon, discusses the correct forearm passing techniques needed for accurate and timely passes. You’ll hear Coach McCutcheon talk with his players about what they should do, then see athletes work on their skills in a partner passing scenario.
Drill Summary: Players partner up and stand about 6-7 yards apart. One partner starts by lobbing the ball to the other player, who does their best to hit the ball back accurately with good form. Take turns being the lobber and the hitter.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Keep arms down and elbows locked.
2) Keep shoulders loose.
3) Keep hands and wrists together.
4) Keep forward contact in balance with lead leg.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Volleyball Practice with Hugh McCutcheon.” View other world class Volleyball videos!
One of the most important aspects of the breaststroke is timing. Ian Pope, Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club head coach and Australian National Team coach, runs through a few of his favorite drills that focus on getting the arms, body and legs in sync while executing the breaststroke.
Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall and work on using a butterfly kick with sculling arms. Every time the hands sweep in, swimmers should take a breath. The hips should follow the rhythm of the body and the kick should be timed so that it whips the body forward in the water.
When a wrestler gets into a situation where the opponent is attacking a single leg, pulling off a whizzer is a great way to turn the tide. Jeff Buxton, former Blair Academy wrestling coach, demonstrates how he achieves a whizzer by putting pressure into his opponent and shifting over to grasp control.
Drill Summary: When your opponent has beat your hands and has their head up on the way to a single leg, get your whizzer hand and pull up on their shoulders while leaning in and applying pressure back into the opponent. Next, draw your leg back and square up over top of the opponent’s head. Push the opponent’s head down, then get to their back leg and crunch them up. Finally, walk around and knock them to their back or over the top.
Vince Anderson, Texas A&M University assistant track coach, shows you three frequency drills that he uses to train the Aggies’ hurdlers. These exercises will improve the technique of your athletes while also improving their foot speed as related to the hurdles.
Drill Summary: There are two frequency drills in this video. The first is the “Dribble Run,” in which athletes work on their recovery between hurdles for 30 yards. For the first 10 yards, hurdlers run forward and work on bringing their feet up and “stepping over” their calves. For the next 10 yards, they step over their crew socks, and for the last 10 yards they step over their ankles. The second frequency drill is the “Fast Leg Drill.” In this drill, athletes work on increasing their stride length every two steps. Coach Anderson places pieces of tape on the track that are at customized distances between each piece for each athlete. The goal is to stride out and hit every piece of tape (18-27 pieces).
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Sprint Hurdles.” View other world class Track & Field videos!
University of Georgia throws coach, Don Babbit, teaches the correct grip and release needed to maximize shot put distance and develop muscle memory. The technique is demonstrated by Reese Hoffa, a two time Olympian and former world champion.
Drill Summary: There are two drills in this video. In the first, the thrower grips the shot put in their throwing hand, holds it up with their other hand, and practices releasing the ball straight into the ground. The second drill is the same thing, except the thrower releases the ball straight into the air and lets it fall back into the ground.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Let the shot put rest in your hand. Don’t squeeze it.
2) The shot put should sit where the meat of the hand and the fingers meet.
3) Release should be off the three middle fingers.
4) Shot put shouldn’t have any rotation coming off the hand.