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Nationally recognized throwing coach Larry Judge shows you two variations of a common shot training drill used to address the lack of flexibility in the torso. Coach Judge talks you through the drill and rational for performing the drill with coaching points and detailed instructions.
Athletes complete the drill first using a bungee cord and then with a partner only. This drill can be used during any stage of the season and along with the many other drills included give the coach yet another tool in the box to help their athletes perform at higher levels than before.
Larry Judge has coached some of the most elite track & field athletes in the world. Here he shows you the Arm Strike drill series that addresses a neglected area of shot put instruction, the arm strike. Coach Judge shows you several med ball drills to teach the arm strike movement used in the shot put.
The only equipment required is a med ball that is weighted appropriate to the age and skill development of the athlete.
Drill 1: The push drill is a modification of the two-hand pass drill used by most basketball coaches. The difference is that the athlete pushes the ball with the thumb down, elbow out action of the arm strike. The drill is shown as a partner drill but could also be done against a wall or fence.
Drill 2: The athlete then progresses to a prone position on a bench in the drop drill. In this drill the med ball is dropped to the athlete who catches, recoils slightly and then throws the med ball vertically for their partner to catch.
Drill 3: The final drill in this sequence is the med ball wall strike. The athlete stands facing a wall or fence and using one hand, throws the med ball into the wall simulating the arm strike. All of these drills are done with little equipment, in quick progression and allow the athlete to feel the correct technique for the arm strike mechanics of the shot put.
Veteran track and cross country coach at Villanova, Marcus O’ Sullivan, shows you a great core development exercise. This will strengthen your runners’ core to improve balance and posture, which is essential for successful track and cross country running.
Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, “Marcus O’Sullivan: Core Strength for Middle Distance & Distance Runners.” Discover other great Strength Training videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!
Ken Brauman was the 2012 US Olympic Team Head Manager and you can learn horizontal jump drills from him in this series of plyometric jumps requiring little or no equipment. These drills are a must for those who are looking for some basic plyometric drills that show the drill in detail and explain how and why to do them.
Drill 1: The first drill is called continuous hopping and requires the athlete to hop a set distance on a single leg. This drill is shown using the takeoff leg only but could easily be expanded to both legs to develop balance and coordination.
Drill 2: The second drill is a common warm up bounding drill. The plus here is that we see video and hear commentary describing ideal athlete leg and arm position during the drill.
Drill 3: The sequence is finished with the alternate triple jump drill where the first two drills are combined to produce a dynamic coordination drill that could be used for not only jumpers but with all athletes in your program.
Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Horizontal Jumps.” Discover other great Long Jump & Triple Jump videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!
Kansas State Head Track & Field Coach, Cliff Rovelto, has his athlete demonstrate a max velocity exercise called the ‘Drum Drill.’ This will help your athletes achieve a specific stride frequency and work on a stride length that will lower your times.