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Improve Your Backstroke with the “Over Under Drill!”

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.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Mega Drills for Backstroke.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Learn Excellent Tips to Improve Your Backstroke Start!

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.

Backstroke Start

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Becoming a Champion Swimmer: Starts & Turns.” View other world class Swimming videos!

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.


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