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Discover the Correct Forward Start Ready Position!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Thursday, October 1, 2015

The forward start can set the tone for the entire race, whether it’s good or bad. Bill Wadley, head coach at Ohio State University and former Big 10 Coach of the Year, shows you the details of the ready position that will help swimmers jump out to faster starts.

Ready Position

Drill Summary: To get in a ready position, the swimmer must take their place with a relaxed body. The heel of their front foot should be about a foot in front of the toes of their back foot. Their hands, including their thumb, should be in front of and gripping the front of the block. The hip, knee, and ankle of their back leg should be in line and their back foot should be on the ball of their foot. Finally, there should be a slight flexion in their back knee and it’s important that their back heel is up, not down. From that position, the swimmer should be able to enter a coil (but not sitting down) and spring off the block for a fast start.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ohio State Drills & Skills for All Starts.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Execute a Smooth Breaststroke Pullout!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

An easy way to cut some time in a breaststroke event is to perfect the pullout. In this drill, Ohio State University head men’s coach, Bill Wadley, will take you through a pullout progression that will ensure you’re cutting through the water as efficiently as possible.

Breaststroke Pullout

Drill Summary: The first step of this progression is the push off. Coach Wadley instructs swimmers to push off with their feet, toes, ankles, knees and butt together in a straight line to improve the streamline. Step two involves gliding and a pull down. Push off the wall, glide, and pull down by turning the hands outward, gripping the water in a rounded grasp, and pull down toward the hips. Finish by shrugging the shoulders. Finally, step three adds the final recovery. After completing steps one and two, recover by leading with the hands, not the elbows, while bringing them back over the head.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ohio State Drills & Skills for Breaststroke.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Execute an Explosive Freestyle Finish!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015

Ohio State University men’s swimming coach Bill Wadley shows how he teaches his swimmers to finish a freestyle sprint. Learn to finish strong courtesy of the Buckeye swimming program!

Freestyle Sprint Finish

Drill Summary: When approaching the wall, swimmers should hold their posture in line, keeping the head still and the stroke as big as possible out in front. Coach Wadley says swimmers should finish high and firm on the pad, and complete the race in  “opposite action position” (one arm up and one arm back).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ohio State Drills & Skills for Freestyle.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Utilize this Insightful Drill to Develop a Strong Backstroke Kick!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Thursday, January 1, 2015

Ohio State Head Men’s Swimming Coach, Bill Wadley, and Ohio State Head Women’s Swimming Coach, Bill Dorenkott, show you a kicking drill called the “Super Man/Super Woman Back Flutter Kick.” The goal in this drill is to maintain a good streamline position while generating a strong kick with the core muscles.

Super Man/Super Woman Back Flutter Kick

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

Swim a Faster Butterfly with the Underwater Dolphin Kick

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

Bill Wadley and Bill Dorenkott, Ohio State Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coaches, have coached 118 NCAA Champions.  In this video, they present the Underwater Dolphin Kick Drill that will improve your times.

Underwater Dolphin Kick

When doing the Underwater Dolphin, it is important that you have a tight body line and keep your body in one plane of water. Coach Wadley instructs to keep the hands, head, hip and heels all in one line and make sure to snap the kick from the core. The goal is to keep the chest and head still, so the kick comes from the rib cage down.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD, Ohio State Drills & Skills for Butterfly.  To view more swimming videos from America’s top coaches and swimmers, click here.


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