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Lengthen All Phases of Your Triple Jump!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Travis Geopfert, University of Arkansas assistant coach and two-time USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year, shows you a drill that will improve all phases of the triple jump. By placing boxes on the runway, you’ll force athletes to lengthen their strides and increase their effort.

Advanced Approach Drill

Drill Summary: Place two sets of boxes on the runway where athletes would complete the first two jumps of their triple jump. The goal is for athletes to jump off the first box on their right leg, jump onto the second box on their right leg, land off the second box on their left leg and explode into the finish. As athletes get better at the drill, you can increase the speed and distance between boxes. Coach Geopfert says this drill is for advanced athletes only and it’s important to provide them with enough of a platform to land on.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Arkansas Track and Field Presents Common Errors and Corrections Triple Jump.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Be in the Correct Position on Defense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Marquette University head coach and U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team assistant coach, Joe Amplo, shows you a drill for positioning on defense. To keep offensive players from gaining an advantage, being in the right spot on the field depending on the location of the ball is crucial for a team’s success.

Live Approach Drill

Drill Summary: This drill is designed to work on a defender’s approach off of two passes. Set up with a single defender five yards in front of the goal (landmark position), an offensive player 10 yards behind the cage, an offensive player on the wing and one more out front. When the ball is with the offensive player out front, the defender should be in landmark position. As it’s passed to the wing, the defender should begin their approach and get to roughly halfway between landmark and their man (the player behind the cage). If the ball is passed to the player behind the cage, the defender completes their approach while staying in a good stance. During the drill, pass the ball between the offensive players at full speed and have the defender work on their positioning.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fixing Common Defensive Mistakes.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!




Develop Straight Up Approach Technique!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The approach is an essential part of individual defense and preventing opposing players from getting where they want to go. Jon Torpey, head coach High Point University, uses the “V-Footwork” drill to get his athletes tons of reps that will help them be ready to execute an approach during a game.

V-Footwork

Drill Summary: Set up with a single line of players. In front of the line about 5-7 yards away at a 45 degree angle on both sides is a cone. Athletes alternate taking off and executing a straight up approach on the cones. When approaching, players should come out hard, chop their feet, plant their foot at the cone and take an aggressive step back. After that, chop feet again, gather and go wide outside. The drill is used to simulate forcing a dodger to their weak hand and initiating a contact check afterwards.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Individual and Team Defense Drills & Techniques.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!




Establish a Consistent Approach for Horizontal Jumps!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ken Brauman Jr., Seminole High School (Florida) track & field coach and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team head manager, shows you how to help athletes gain a more consistent approach. Coach Brauman uses a relay zone on the track to measure where his athletes’ takeoff point is before moving to the runway.

Approach

Drill Summary: Go to a relay zone on the track and have the athlete put both of their feet on the zone line. Next, the athlete takes a step back away from their mark with their jumping foot. The coach stands at the end of the relay zone and counts the number of strides the athlete takes to sprint past the coach. On each rep, the coach marks where the takeoff point was for the athlete. Use multiple reps to establish a consistent takeoff point, then move to the runway.

 

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Horizontal Jumps.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Practice the Approach with a Submerging Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

A key aspect of the turn is the approach that the swimmer takes leading up to the wall. University of Tennessee head swimming & diving coach, Matt Kredich, and assistant coach, Bill Boomer, present a drill that uses the lane line to practice the skill of submerging, which is the initiation of the rotation.

Submerging

Drill Summary: Swimmers begin on the side of the pool  and push off toward the nearest lane line. As they approach the lane line, they should be at a depth that allows the lane line pieces to gently roll down their backs as they go under. Once into the adjacent lane, swimmers exhale into a human ball and drop to the bottom of the pool. Finally, the rep is completed by crawling back (not swimming) to the wall.

This drill works on slightly depressing the upper body below the water to double-cut the water, a technique that Coach Kredich says leads to the ability to slide through the water easier.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Blueprint for Turns and Starts.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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