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Toss Bowling Pins to Improve Your Discus Throw!

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

An innovative approach to teaching the discus throw is through the use of discus balls and bowling pins. Jim Garnham, University of Buffalo assistant coach, believes that throwing a bowling pin can create muscle memory for throwers and promote the proper mechanics for the discus event.

Discus Balls & Bowling Pins

Drill Summary: The athlete takes a discus ball and executes a wheel drill to throw the ball. After doing a few reps with the discus ball, switch to using a bowling pin. The bowling pin will keep the thrower’s arm extended and help them turn their lower body into the throw.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Work the lower body into the throw.
2) Don’t lift up on the throw.
3) Finish extended.
4) Body should face forward after rotating.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Teaching and Coaching the Discus Throw.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Increase Explosiveness with the “Alternating Step Drill!”

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

Michael Pullins, assistant track coach at the University of Southern California, uses the “Alternating Step Drill” to train for both the long jump and triple jump. Athletes will improve their ability to create momentum from a standing position as they explode up and forward from one foot at a time.

Alternating Step Drill

Drill Summary: Coach Pullins recommends doing this drill on a softer surface, such as grass, to avoid wear and tear. Begin in a standing position, then push off and jump as far as you can off of every alternating step. Focus on keeping toes up on every leap and also using arms to generate momentum. Do this for about 20-30 yards, then take a quick break and do it again.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “25 Tips & Drills for Coaching Horizontal Jumps.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Get Training Wisdom from Clyde Hart!

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

Baylor University director of track and field, Clyde Hart, has coached 34 national champions and 533 All-Americans during his time in Waco. Now, he explains some of his thoughts on training for each gender and how moving from quantity to quality in your yearly training routines can help your athletes.

Key to Training

Clip Summary: The theory that Coach Hart preaches is “quantity to quality” as the season goes on. He discusses building a good base in a pyramid of training, then advancing up the pyramid by switching the ratio of aerobic to anaerobic work.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Clyde Hart’s 200/400M Sprint Training Program.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Discover Proper Takeoff Technique for the High Jump!

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

One of the most crucial aspects of clearing the bar on the high jump is taking off from the correct location. Gary Pepin, University of Nebraska head track coach, shows you the optimal takeoff locations for both males and females before explaining the body position and angles that lead to great jumps.

The Takeoff

Drill Summary: The ideal takeoff position for males and females is different. For females, the distance they should typically jump from is about 18″ to 36″ away from the crossbar. For males, the distance is about 36″ to 60″. The foot plant itself should be even with the standard or up to 18″ inside it. When taking off, look to drive the plant leg flat footed into a position where the rest of the body doesn’t go back down again (the athlete should already be compressed and ready to spring up). Keep the angle of the plant leg as straight as possible and explode up and over the bar.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “World Class High Jump.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Learn a Medicine Ball Routine Designed for Distance Runners!

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

Grinnell College head track & field and cross country coach, William Freeman, presents a medicine ball workout focused on increasing the effectiveness of your distance runners. Athletes will increase their core strength, body rotation and flexibility with the drills in Coach Freeman’s workout.

Medicine Ball Routine #1

Drill Summary: The exercises in the routine include: standing overhead throws, hip catch-n-toss, partner exchange, sit up catch-n-toss, squat chest throws, underhand toss for height, front loaders and trunk rotations.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Coaching High School Track & Field: Distance Running.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




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