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Learn Two Drills for the Pole Vault!

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

Tom Hays, University of Kansas head coach and vertical jumps coach, was named the 2011 National Collegiate Pole Vault Coach of the Year. In this clip, you’ll learn two drills for pole vaulters that will help them learn to maneuver the pole and rotate/stretch their arm as they walk past it.

Sand Progression

Drill Summary: There are two drills in this video.

Front Arm Rotation Drill – First, establish your grip height. Next, get into carry position, then take the pole to a flat position with both hands. Drop the pole tip by taking your top hand off and finish the rep by reaching to the sky with your front hand.

Walk-By’s – Walk into the pit and do a front arm rotation as you enter the pit. This drill helps train pole vaulters to rotate through the front arm when they drop the pole, stretch as they walk past the pole, and feel what the pole speed is.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Progressions for Teaching and Coaching the Pole Vault.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Get Two Kicking Drills for the Breaststroke!

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

Ohio State University head women’s swimming coach, Bill Dorenkott, begins every drilling series with kicking drills. In this clip, he’ll show you the “Streamline Breaststroke Kick on the Back” and the “Superman Breaststroke Kick on the Back,” which both require great hip flexibility from swimmers.

Kicking Drills

Drill Summary: For the “Streamline Breaststroke Kick on the Back,” push off from the wall on your back in a streamline position (hands together, extended above your head). On each kick, bring your heels up to your rear and don’t bring your knees to your chest. The goal is to kick while keeping your knees just under the surface of the water. The same method is used for the “Superman Breaststroke Kick on the Back,” except your arms are slightly apart with your shoulders touching your ears. While kicking, keep your heels tucked in to avoid unnecessary drag.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ohio State Drills & Skills for Breaststroke.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Receive Breaststroke Instruction from Josh Davis!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

United States Olympic gold medalist and American record breaker, Josh Davis, gives you three breaststroke drills designed to develop faster swimmers. You will work on keeping your head up, shooting through the air, strengthening your arms and improving your timing in Davis’ drills.

Breaststroke Drills

Drill Summary: There are three different drills in this clip.

  1. Head Up Breaststroke – Swim using short, fast strokes and focus on keeping your head up in the water. Don’t let your chin touch the surface!
  2. Freaky Dolphin Drill – Instead of executing a regular dolphin drill, scoop and shoot forward in the water on every stroke. Really focus on diving forward!
  3. 2 Kicks 1 Pull – For every pull, you get two kicks. Focus on holding the streamline position and gliding near the surface of the water after every 2nd kick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Josh Davis on Everything Swimming: All 4 Strokes, Starts and Turns.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Discover Escape Drills from a Former NCAA Champion!

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

Kevin Dresser, head coach at Virginia Tech University and two time All-American at the University of Iowa, shows you three drills that help wrestlers train to get off the mat quickly. Athletes will learn the proper positioning and how to escape with explosion and quickness.

Escape Drills

Drill Summary: There are three different escape drills in this video.

The first drill is the “Position Drill.” The Position Drill is a solo drill that has wrestlers work on getting their leg up off the mat quickly with explosiveness. Get in a simulated bottom position, then lift one leg up onto the mat with good posture. Work both legs through multiple reps.

The second drill is the “Head Gear Drill.” In it, the wrestler gets into a simulated bottom position and the coach places head gear on the wrestler’s upper back. Next, the coach stands 5 feet behind the wrestler and blows the whistle. On the whistle, the wrestler gets one foot onto the mat and tries to throw the head gear all the way to the coach using only their back.

The third and final drill is the “Chair Drill.” Start in a pinch next to the wall. On the coach’s whistle, the wrestler gets to the wall in a chair position with their elbows in. Make sure to get to the wall from both directions.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Explosive Escapes.” View other world class Wrestling videos!




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