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Kansas State Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Cliff Rovelto, shares a drill that teaches athletes how to have an active landing rather than a passive landing. Coach Rovelto explains how proper landing technique can prevent injuries and extend your jump six to eight inches.
Setup: The athlete places a chair in the long jump pit and sits in it. The athlete sits in the position where the upper body is vertical, the legs are extended as much as possible. The toes are dorsiflexed and the arms are alongside the hips. The athlete then drives the arms and hips forward. Once the heels make contact with the sand, the athlete lift the legs, rather than letting the feet dig into the sand. The coach is behind holding the chair, and pulling it out as the athlete drives forward.
Brian Forrester, the University of Akron Throws Coach, shows you a drill that takes all of the concepts and drills, and combines them to challenge the athlete. Coach Forrester explains that the more advanced the athlete, the more advanced the drill can be.
Setup: The athlete starts in the beginning position for the shot put in the ring. The coach tells the athlete a specific position or drill. The athlete listens to the coach, and quickly accomplishes the drill. This is a good drill to simulate the reaction time a thrower has in competition.
William Freeman, Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach at Grinnell College, explains how to coach the relays and the goals associated with having a successful relay team. Coach Freeman teaches the correct order of sprinters, lane placement and exchange methods.
Coach Freeman talks about how to maximize each runners leg on the 4 X 100 meter relay and shares the duties of the incoming and outgoing runners during the relay. Coach Freeman also discusses the fundamentals of having a successful 4×400 meter relay team.
This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD Coaching High School Track & Field: Sprints & Relays. To view more track & field videos from America’s top coaches and athletes, click here.
St. Augustine Head Coach and 2004 USA Olympic Head Coach, George Williams, uses 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Bershawn “Batman” Jackson to show you a drill that helps improve the lead leg and knee drive. Coach Jackson explains the importance of marks on the hurdle and how they keep the hurdler inside and tight over the hurdles.
Setup: Place 4 hurdles in a row and have the athlete use the lead leg to step over the hurdle. Bring the trail leg over the hurdle, close to the chest and continue over the next hurdles without stopping. Coach Williams emphasizes the importance of making sure the body is straight during the drill.