University of Georgia head men’s and women’s swimming coach, Jack Bauerle, is one of the best in the business at teaching the freestyle. The “Push Drill” works on finishing the stroke with a high elbow, which will allow for an easy recovery to increase speed and eliminate resistance.
Drill Summary: The goal of the Push Drill is to finish the stroke with speed and work on keeping the elbow high (not straight) and relaxed on the recovery. You can choose to isolate each arm in this drill by doing them once at a time, or swim using a regular freestyle stroke. Start swimming and work on pushing water out the back side of the stroke. Coach Bauerle recommends doing six reps with one arm, then six with the other, or eight-eight, before moving on to a regular freestyle.
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In this drill that pits servers versus passers, both groups battle to be the first to hit their target point total. Abbey Sutherland, UW-Stevens Point head coach, gives players advice on which hits are ideal as they complete the drill with the goal of developing team finishing skills.
Drill Summary: This drill pits passers against servers. Passers start at 10 points and their goal is to get to 20. They gain points by hitting 3 passes. The servers want passers to get to 0 points… Any time the passers make a mistake, it’s -1 point. The point of the drill is to work on FINISHING a game. Coaches are also free to add hitters and blockers for an added dimension. As players are completing the drill, coaches should be instructing them on any good or bad decisions they make.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Finishing Drills for Simulating Game-Like Pressure.” View other world class Volleyball videos!
Wrestlers looking for a quick finishing move from the top position will love this move from two time NCAA Champion, Mark Ironside. By controlling the opponent’s wrist and turning them over, wrestlers can get them in a position to earn the fall.
Drill Summary: Begin by bumping the opponent forward and getting a hilt tip on up. Force the opponent into a near fall and get a five second count, then pinch your knees together, hold the opponent’s wrist and begin to move over them. While you’re moving over them, quickly switch which hand you’re holding their wrist with while continuing to apply pressure. Next, come under their elbow with your other hand and turn them over with your chest on their chest for the fall.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The Art of Breakdowns: Creating Constant Grinding Pressure.” View other world class Wrestling videos!
Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Louisville, Jeff Walz, provides you with the “Two Ball Chair Drill.” This drill incorporates ball handling, finishing through contact, footwork, and shooting.
Athlete Movement: The drill begins with the post players dribbling two basketballs out to the free throw line area. He/she will place one of the balls on a chair and then drive hard to the rim, take a hit from the pad, and score one of the basketballs. That player will then go back to the chair, pick up the second ball, reverse pivot, and shoot a free throw line jump shot. Each player will go three times from each side.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Dribble both basketballs low with alternating dribbles.
2) Drive strong to the rim, absorb contact, and finish.
3) Pick up the second ball from the chair and reverse pivot.
4) Shoot a free throw jumper with proper form.
As one of only two people ever to make it to the Final Four as both a player and a coach, Billy Donovan, knows the essentials to help both coaches and athletes. In this father and son workout clip you will have the chance to see a great exercise that incorporates ball handling, changing direction with the dribble, footwork, and finishing at the rim. The beauty of this workout is that it’s versatile.
Player Movements: For this drill you will need to setup 3 Cones (2 just outside each elbow and 1 in the center of the floor just between half court and the 3-point line). Coach Donovan wants the player to crossover, go between the legs, or behind the back at the top cone. Once that player gets to the elbow area, that player will treat the cone as a defender. The player will look to turn the corner and get to the rim.
Drill Essentials: 1) Explode when you simulate turning the corner. 2) Get a good angle of attack to the basket. 3) Don’t fade away on the layup. 4) Go off the proper foot for the layup. 5) Use the rim for protection. 6) Try and limit your dribbles (Be efficient with dribbling).
Drill Tips: You can use the crossover, between the legs, or behind the back at the cone. Also, you can mix them together in the same sequence.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “AAU Basketball Skills Series: Billy Donovan’s Father and Son Workout.” To view the latest video selections on Ball Handling, click here.