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Master the Relay Handoff for Faster Times!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, May 24, 2013

Texas A&M Head Coach, Pat Henry, is ranked third all time in NCAA title wins! In order to accomplish an excellent sprint relay handoff, Coach Henry stresses the idea that you must have good sprint mechanics.

Your athletes should be on one side of the lane, one taking the inside, one taking the outside, to avoid tripping or running into each other.  When the incoming runner makes the call for the hand-off, the outgoing runner should bring the hand up high with an open palm, providing a clear target. The incoming runner should hand the baton in one quick pushing motion.  No time should be wasted, and no motion should be wasted.   Relay racing should be one of the most enjoyable aspects of a track team, but as Coach Henry points out, it also carries the responsibility of hard work and concentrated effort.

Check out this world class DVD, Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Sprints, Starts and Relays, to view another excellent instructional clip.  See what other Relay DVDs we have in our expansive Track & Field DVD collection.




Develop Proper Sprint Mechanics to Run Faster!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, March 22, 2013

Texas A&M Head Coach, Pat Henry, is a recognized master at coaching the sprints. One of the things that makes a master coach is the ability to take a complex action, such as moving your body at maximum speed, and breaking that action down. It also is the sign of a master coach to be able to teach those points in a clear manner to other coaches and athletes. Many coaches are familiar with the “high knee” or “A-march” drill, but may not be aware of its importance for building correct sprint mechanics. For Coach Henry, in his own words…”This is where we start..” This drill develops the mechanics and posture needed for sprinting. Take a look at some special coaching points below the video:

1) The athlete needs to have an “ankle cocked” position. The “ankle cocked” position allows rebound and spring and proper form. “Toe –up” and “Ankle-Up” and even “Dorsi-flexed” are all cues to get the athlete to get the proper position. The foot should land under the knee, not be reaching forward.

2) Separation of the arms is important. By this Coach Henry means that the arms should be driving both forward and back. As a coach from the side you should be able to see both elbows as the athlete drives, one reaching forward, the other driving back. The arms are active, and from the front the motion you see should be backwards and forward, with little if any cross body action.

3) The athlete should be tall as they run. The body from the hips up is erect, with no or little lean forward and none backwards. A good coaching point in this series is that “the athlete should be two inches taller as they run.” Basically the extension of the legs into full position gives you this “tallness” in running.

View an additional clip from Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Sprints, Starts and Relays.  See what other Sprints DVDs we have in our world class Track & Field DVD collection!




Improve Your Athlete’s Sprint Mechanics for Better Race Results!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, February 22, 2013

With 33 National Titles and stints as The U.S Men’s National team coach at the 2007 World Championships Coach Pat Henry has established himself as one of the who’s who in U.S Track and Field. Establishing drills such as the wicket drill have helped Coach Henry’s athletes develop Max Velocity Posture, and mechanics that have helped win Numerous NCAA Championships.

Coach Henry walks you through how to set up the wicket drill for both males and females, and for various experience levels.

View an additional clip from Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Sprints, Starts and Relays.  See what other Sprints DVDs we have in our world class Track & Field DVD collection!




New Track & Field DVDs featuring the Texas A&M coaching staff!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, February 3, 2012

We have 8 new Track & Field DVDs featuring the Texas A&M coaching staff! They are back-to-back-to-back NCAA Champions and Head Coach Pat Henry was the Head Coach for the U.S. National Track & Field team in the 2007 Olympics.  The titles of these recent Track & Field DVDs are:

Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Sprints, Starts and Relays

  • Learn championship-caliber drills to improve sprint performance
  • Improve sprint mechanics, acceleration and maximum velocity to produce explosive sprinters
  • Learn to properly teach starting block position
  • Get drills to execute perfect relay handoffs every time
  • See drills to teach your athletes proper racing posture
  • Get to top speed faster!
  • Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Sprint Hurdles

  • Get specific training drills to improve both hurdle technique and speed
  • Use training variables to develop and refine hurdle technique based on your athlete’s current level of skill
  • Improve trail leg mechanics and step over acceleration
  • Instruction includes how to adapt these drills to your hurdler’s level
  • Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Discus

  • Includes 30 drills to help your athletes maximize the distance on their throws!
  • Breakdown the wind into easy to learn progressions for your athletes
  • Discover creative spin drills that will teach your athletes the feel of the turn and momentum shift with an implement in hand
  • Add drills to your practices that will help your athletes feel the optimal release point in the throw
  • Assemble a progressive set drills into a great workout that will help your athletes achieve success in the discus
  • Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Glide Shot Put

  • See over 50 drills to build a championship glide shot putter
  • Maximize your athletes’ balance for a more powerful throw
  • Includes a coaching breakdown of an athlete’s throw–correcting errors as they happen
  • Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Javelin

  • Get a step-by-step progression for effectively teaching the javelin throw
  • Includes over 60 javelin throwing drills to maximize your practice time
  • Learn creative strength training techniques suited for the demands of a competitive javelin athlete
  • Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship High Jump

  • Develop good mechanics on the ground–to facilitate good mechanics in the air
  • Learn progressive hurdle drills that will program and strengthen the lower body
  • Learn how to initiate and execute the curve portion of the approach
  • Pick up a simple drill to increase outer leg strength used in curve running
  • Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Horizontal Jumps

  • Learn how to coach every aspect of your athlete’s approach
  • Get drills to increase speed and perfect bounding mechanics
  • Includes progressions to make the drills appropriate for athletes of all levels
  • Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Pole Vault

  • Train your vaulters to grip and carry the pole properly
  • Learn to plant and bend the pole correctly
  • Learn Various takeoff drills
  • Get several pole vault specific training exercises to develop shoulder and core strength
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