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Use These Key Concepts to Create a More Efficient Backstroke!

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.

Double Arm Backstroke

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Start to Finish Backstroke.” View other world class Swimming videos!

Train Your Swimmers to Have Proper Body Position for Backstroke!

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.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “High School Coaching Academy: Strokes, Starts, Turns and Breakouts.” View other world class Swimming videos!

Learn How to Finish Your Backstroke!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ray Looze, Indiana University Head Women’s Swim Coach and the Coach of 5 Big Ten Championships, presents a great demonstration of a Backstroke finish with two of his All-American athletes.  The common element in a great finish is to continue kicking until you reach the wall.

The Backstroke Finish

The first athlete finishes with a dolphin kick on her last stroke into the wall. This allows an athlete to get one more push for the wall and can mean the difference between taking first or second. The second athlete continues to flutter kick all the way to the wall. Coach Looze explains that one of the common errors in finishing is not keeping your kick going all the way until you actually touch the wall.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Start to Finish Backstroke.  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.

Discover Key Concepts for Your Backstroke Turns!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Friday, August 1, 2014

Ohio State Head Men’s Swimming Coach, Bill Wadley, focuses on the backstroke turn. This video works on concepts of the backstroke turn to ensure proper foot placement in the middle of the cross, as well as proper streamline push offs.

Backstroke Turn

The video works on the usual 3 arm strokes from the flags into the roll and tuck with the feet placed against the wall. The drill stresses that proper backstroke foot placement places the feet in the middle of the cross to maintain a straight line streamlined push off. It is critical that the swimmer take the exact number of strokes into the turn to maximize the turn position and foot placement.

Watch and learn more from Championship Productions’ DVD “Ohio State Drills & Skills for All Turns.” View other world class Swimming videos!

Develop Your Backstroke Turns for Lower Times!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ohio State Head Men’s Swimming Coach, Bill Wadley, teaches youth swimmers techniques of the backstroke turn. They will learn to try to take a last breath before rolling over to their stomach to begin the turn. This drill emphasizes rolling over without pausing for that last breath, which will break up the necessary rhythm and speed of the turn.

Backstroke Turn

Each athlete has to decide a direction they will turn by which side they feel more comfortable turning toward.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from “Ohio State Drills & Skills for All Turns.” VIEW other world class Turns videos in our massive Swimming library!


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