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Kansas State University Head Track and Field Coach, Cliff Rovelto, provides you with a great drill for working on sprint mechanics that will help with the max velocity phase of the hurdle events. Here, the athlete performs an “A” Run over 4 banana hurdles. This will teach sprint mechanics for the later part of the hurdle event.
One athlete performs this drill. The athlete is staying tall with his thighs parallel to the ground, an important part to applying force into the ground. Coach Rovelto gives an excellent explanation of this drill and goes into why drills are done during practice. This is a great drill to teach running tall and the importance of front side mechanics in applying force into the ground. This drill can be done all year and in any gym or track complex to help give greater meaning to why sprint mechanics are so important during the second half of any sprint/hurdle event.
2010 USTFCCA Great Lakes Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, Jeff Martin, provides you with a series of drills to help pole vaulters run upright and with a quick foot contact. You will also get a look at the incorrect way to perform this progression in order to point out errors to your athletes.
It is important to use the stubby pole in this series so that your athletes get a feel for having a pole in their hand while performing the mini hurdle exercise.
Here high jumpers will have the opportunity to learn a penultimate drill that focuses on arm movement. Indiana State University Women’s Track & Field Assistant Coach, John Gartland, has a male and female athlete demonstrate how to drive the arms upward to increase your height.
Athletes will make a short approach in a half circle. Also, it is important for athletes to maximize their speed before getting to the penultimate step before takeoff.
2012 US Olympic Team Head Manager, Ken Brauman, takes you through a triple jump drill progression. There are three drills presented for athletes and coaches that start with a standing triple jump and then pushing the jumper back to three and five step approaches.
Each drill builds on the prior and demonstrates the basics to successful triple jump leg and arm actions. Requiring only three cones as target zones, the drills are best performed on a runway and into a sand pit to simulate the running surface and minimize stress on the legs at landing. Incorporating these drills into a pre-competition training phase will help the coach and athlete to lay the basis for a successful triple jump season.
Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Horizontal Jumps.” Discover other great Triple Jump videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!
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.