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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.
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.
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.
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.