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The Essentials to Build a Successful Relay Team

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

William Freeman, Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach at Grinnell College, explains how to coach the relays and the goals associated with having a successful relay team. Coach Freeman teaches the correct order of sprinters, lane placement and exchange methods.

Coaching the Relays

Coach Freeman talks about how to maximize each runners leg on the 4 X 100 meter relay and shares the duties of the incoming and outgoing runners during the relay. Coach Freeman also discusses the fundamentals of having a successful 4×400 meter relay team.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD Coaching High School Track & Field: Sprints & Relays.  To view more track & field videos from America’s top coaches and athletes, click here.




Utilize the “Hip Flex” Drill to Become an Efficient Hurdler

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

St. Augustine Head Coach and 2004 USA Olympic Head Coach, George Williams, uses 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Bershawn “Batman” Jackson to show you a drill that helps improve the lead leg and knee drive. Coach Jackson explains the importance of marks on the hurdle and how they keep the hurdler inside and tight over the hurdles.

Hip Flex Drill

Setup: Place 4 hurdles in a row and have the athlete use the lead leg to step over the hurdle. Bring the trail leg over the hurdle, close to the chest and continue over the next hurdles without stopping. Coach Williams emphasizes the importance of making sure the body is straight during the drill.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD World Class 300/400 Hurdles.  To view more track & field videos from America’s top coaches and athletes, click here.




Improve Your Relays with Insight from Clyde Hart!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

Baylor University Director of Track and Field and 400m Coach, Clyde Hart, discusses the importance of the baton in sprint relays.  Coach Hart explains that the only thing that is moving around the whole track is the baton.

 

At Baylor, Coach Hart has coached 34 National Champions (14 individual and 20 relay).   Coach Hart goes into a story that sets up the whole 4x100m relay segment. The story explains why moving the baton around the track is the most important concept in 4x100m training. Once the athletes are sold on your training for the 4x100m you will be able to take average sprinters and have an excellent relay team, he explains. Coach Hart also goes into the history of the 4x100m race and talks about the history of the race.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Coaching Championship Sprint Relays.  To view more track & field videos from America’s top coaches and athletes, click here.




Jump Higher by Implementing the Weak-Leg Long Jump Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

University of Southern California Assistant Track and Field Coach, Michael Pullins, shows you a drill that he uses at the end of a practice session anytime during the season. Coach Pullins uses this drill with his high jumpers, which includes two former All-Americans with one of them a former NCAA High Jump Champion. Coach Pullins discusses how the Weak-Leg Long Jump Drill causes greater contraction on the weak-leg which forces greater contraction on the take off foot.

Weak-Leg Long Jump Drill

The athletes run onto the long jump ramp and takeoff from their weak-leg and perform a long jump onto the high jump mat. This is a good drill for the end of practice to get more jumps in. Coach Pullins points out that this drill will cut down on the punishment the body takes during high jumping. This is a drill that can be done wherever you have a high jump mat and a long jump ramp.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Becoming a Champion High Jumper – Beyond the Basics.  To view more track & field videos from America’s top coaches and athletes, click here.




Enhance Your Speed Endurance with Quality Workouts

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, September 1, 2014

2x Florida Class 4A State Champion, David Halliday, illustrates the workouts that result in the ability to “run fast when you are tired.”  He states that this is the key to winning races – and it can be developed through proper training.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: 800M / 1500M.  To view more track & field videos from America’s top coaches and athletes, click here.




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