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Throw Further with a Proper Grip & Release!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

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.

Grip & Release

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.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “World Class Shot Put.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Triple Jump Drills to Improve Ground Contact!

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

University of Idaho director of track & field and cross country, Tim Cawley, stresses the importance of feeling and improving ground contact when training for the triple jump. In this clip, you’ll see a few different drills he has athletes do to make sure they’re getting the most out of their run up.

Triple Jump Drills

Drill Summary: There are three drills in this video.

  1. Three Bounce Drill: Athletes step off a 6-inch platform and bounce flat-footed three times.
  2. B-Skip Drill: Athletes skip forward, and focus on landing flat footed with one leg at a time.
  3. Flat Footed Running: Athletes run forward at a medium pace and focus on landing flat footed with every stride.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Keep hips moving.
2) Land flat footed.
3) Roll foot forward.
4) Bounce off the ground.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Curriculum Guide for the Long Jump and Triple Jump.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Improve Posture and Technique for the Hurdles!

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

Elisha Brewer, University of Kansas assistant coach, teaches how to get into the correct position and posture for the hurdles with these hurdle mobility drills. Hurdlers work on keeping their upper body at a constant height while working on the form of their lead and trail leg.

Hurdle Mobility

Drill Summary: Set up a row of eight hurdles with about 3 feet between each hurdle. For the “Lead Leg” drill, athletes will do their reps on the left side of the row of hurdles. Walk forward, focusing on bringing the lead leg up and back down quickly while keeping the knee and arm connected. The athletes should keep their upper bodies at roughly the same height throughout the entirety of the drill.

For the “Trail Leg” drill, athletes do their reps on the right side of the row of hurdles. Walk forward, focusing on bringing the lead leg up, then following it with the trail leg over the side of the hurdles. The arm and knee should stay connected just like with the Lead Leg drill. Also, the athlete should always be on the balls of their feet, not their heels.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Legs up and down quickly.
2) Knee and arm connected.
3) Not much movement in the upper body.
4) On the balls of your feet.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Becoming a Champion: Hurdles for Girls’ Track & Field.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




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 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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