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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!

Great Forward Start Techniques to Teach Youth Swimmers!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Former Iowa State University Swimming Head Coach, Trip Hedrick, shares with you a ‘Roll In Dive’ drill that he has his swimmers demonstrate. This is the introductory drill Coach Hedrick uses to teach swimmers great start technique.

Roll In Dive

Coach Hedrick’s system can easily be implemented with large groups of swimmers with diverse ability levels.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from an additional clip of “Teaching the Forward Start: The Coach’s Guide.” VIEW other world class Starts videos in our massive Swimming library!


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