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Discover Mark Onstott’s Drop Down Method!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, January 1, 2016

Mark Onstott, New Trier High School (Illinois) head swim coach, teaches his swimmers a “drop down” at the beginning of every year. The drop down is the way that Onstott’s athletes start every repeat of every set they complete, no matter the type of stroke.

Drop Down

Drill Summary: Begin the drop down by putting your hand on the wall your feet at a 45 degree angle. Get your opposite arm extended toward the other end of the pool and keep your shoulders below the water. Next, focus your eyes on the wall hand and drop down deep into the water. From there, the hand on the wall drops to your ear and you push off the wall.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “High School Coaching Academy: Strokes, Starts, Turns and Breakouts.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Gain More Momentum from Your Starts!

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

If you’re not already training the rollover start technique, you’re costing yourself valuable time in your sprints! Adrian Wheatley, University of Illinois assistant coach, teaches his sprinters to wait until they feel their ankle to roll over, then push into the ground and take off.

Rollover Start

Drill Summary: For the first progression, have the athlete start in the set position with their knee over their ankle. From there, have them slowly roll their body forward and push back into the track to take off. Do 4-6 reps.

For the second progression, do the same method as listed above, but start in a four point stance instead. Always make sure the athlete rolls forward and doesn’t push off too early or too late.

 

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fundamental Drills and Mechanics for Successful Sprinting.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Enter the Water Efficiently on Every Start!

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

Eight time NCAA Coach of the Year David Marsh knows a thing or two about winning championships. In this drill, you’ll learn the technique coach Marsh teaches his swimmers to use when they enter the water on a start. Using the proper form and entry angle will allow athletes to maintain as much momentum as possible into their races.

Water Entering Technique

Drill Summary: When entering the water, coach Marsh stresses the importance of holding a solid, rigid body. Keeping the body as narrow as possible is important, and shaping the body in the “banana” position can help swimmers go into the water flawlessly.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “David Marsh’s Next Wave Technique: Starts.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!




Work on Your Backstroke Starts with Legendary Coach, Richard Quick!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, November 29, 2013

In this insightful clip, Richard Quick, one of the world’s most successful coaches at Stanford, Texas and Auburn, utilizes his deep analysis of which techniques lead to fast swimming. Maximizing the backstroke start distance includes concepts on palm pressure, arm push, leg jump and hip snap. 

Backstroke Starts

Make sure you are in position to push against the bar as soon as the race starts.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Championship Winning Starts. See other high quality Start videos in our massive Swimming DVD collection!




Learn Richard Quick’s Principles for Faster Starts!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013

In this exceptional video, Richard Quick, one of the world’s most successful coaches at Stanford, Texas and Auburn, utilizes his analysis of which techniques lead to fast swimming. You will get a look at a demonstration that puts Coach Quick’s principles into practice by showing the proper form for the palm pressure, arm push, snap into line and maintaining abs posture.

This backstroke start from the gutter is a little more difficult, but it will really help improve your posture.

Watch and learn more valuable tips from an additional clip of Championship Winning Starts. See other high quality Starts in our massive Swimming DVD collection!




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