By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
One of the keys to a quality backstroke is the propulsion swimmers get from their kick. Four time Ivy League Coach of the Year Matt Kredich helps swimmers get a feel for the water with this kicking drill that uses different angles in the water to develop peak propulsion.
Backstroke Kicking Drill
Drill Summary: In this backstroke drill, the swimmer pushes off the wall and puts their arms at their hips. From that position, the swimmer rotates their body to the left while maintaining their kick and holds that position for a couple seconds before returning to the neutral position. Then, the swimmer does the same thing to the right. Keep alternating sides for the length of the pool, remembering to stop briefly at the neutral position between switching sides. This drill increases propulsion from the swimmer’s toes and allows them to work on creating balance with their feet.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Coley Stickels, a 14 time NCAA All-American with the University of Arizona, presents a drill that is sure to increase the effectiveness of the backstroke. The “Over Under Drill” creates power and speed for swimmers of all skill levels.
Over Under Drill
Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall on their back and begin with both hands at their hips. To start the drill, swimmers sneak the right arm up into a catch position. Then, swimmers make sure to get the elbow high, pivot the hips and pull their arm all the way down. After this is done, swimmers do a full stroke with their left hand, then repeat the process for the length of the pool.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Thursday, January 1, 2015
Former Auburn University Head Men’s and Women’s Swim Coach, Richard Quick, has swimmers demonstrate the proper form for the backstroke start. Learn tips on “coiling like a spring” and pulling up on the hand-bar to set the tension.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, December 1, 2014
Indiana University Head Women’s Swim Coach, Ray Looze, shares the Double Arm Backstroke Drill. This drill will help you with key backstroke concepts such as a steady kick, still head positioning (vs bouncing), a shallow catch and a shallower than normal sweeping hand position.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014
5x Team State Championship coach, Mark Onstott, details 3 variations for training the proper body position for backstroke. This segment will help enable the swimmer to maintain a good posture.
Backstroke Body Position Drill (3 levels)
Drill Summary: Position 1 is the traditional streamline kicking position that works on maintaining a high position on the water, especially the hips and feet. Position 2 is a unique position that Coach Onstott likes to use with his developing swimmers where one arm is extended straight overhead and the other is crossed right behind the head. Position 3 is a double cross arm position that Coach Onstott uses for his novice swimmers. Positions 2 and 3 are unique as they enable the swimmer to maintain a good posture but not be in a survival mode in the streamline position that many lower level or novice competitive swimmers try to do before they are skilled enough to do it properly.