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Handle the Water Barrier in the Steeplechase!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Former Weber State University head coach and U.S. assistant coach at the 1996 Olympics, Chick Hislop, explains the ways that athletes can clear the water barrier obstacle in the steeplechase. Stepping on the hurdle or clearing the hurdle altogether are both options for attacking the water barrier.

Water Barrier

Drill Summary: For the foot on the hurdle method, the athlete should jump onto the hurdle with one foot, then jump off with their first step landing on or past the nine foot line. For the clearing the hurdle method, the athlete jumps completely over the hurdle and lands with one foot in the water, using their second step to run out of the water. Coach Hislop frowned upon using a sand pit to practice as it wasn’t realistic for landing on a hard surface. Instead, he either used a covered water pit or with the actual water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Drills & Techniques for Successful Steeplechase.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Establish a Consistent Approach for Horizontal Jumps!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ken Brauman Jr., Seminole High School (Florida) track & field coach and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team head manager, shows you how to help athletes gain a more consistent approach. Coach Brauman uses a relay zone on the track to measure where his athletes’ takeoff point is before moving to the runway.

Approach

Drill Summary: Go to a relay zone on the track and have the athlete put both of their feet on the zone line. Next, the athlete takes a step back away from their mark with their jumping foot. The coach stands at the end of the relay zone and counts the number of strides the athlete takes to sprint past the coach. On each rep, the coach marks where the takeoff point was for the athlete. Use multiple reps to establish a consistent takeoff point, then move to the runway.

 

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Horizontal Jumps.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Prepare Athletes for the Triple Jump!

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

Jeremy Fischer, head coach and lead instructor at the Chula Vista High Performance Training Center, gives you five different drills for the triple jump that help prepare an athlete for competition. These drills are simple to complete, but can serve as a valuable tool to teach posture and technique.

Triple Jump Drills

Drill Summary: There are a variety of drills in this clip. The drills include: Knee Ups, 1-2-3 Drill, Vertical Push, Medium Bound, and Right Right Left / Left Left Right.

Keys to the Drills:

1) Get the thighs parallel to the ground (knee ups).
2) Aggressiveness as the foot goes into the ground (1-2-3 drill).
3) Flat foot on the ground (medium bound).
4) Push force into the ground vertically (right right left / left left right).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “20 Drills & Techniques for Teaching the Triple Jump.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Use Accelerated Movement Drills for Sprints and Relays!

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

Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the University of Iowa, Joey Woody, runs an athlete through a series of drills designed for the sprints and relays. Once these drills have been executed, athletes will know how their feet need to strike the ground to drive their body forward in a race.

Ankle Hops & Acceleration A Skip/March

Drill Summary: There are two main drills in this video.

Ankle Hops – Hop forward, working on hitting the ground, exploding up, and come back into a dorsi-flexed position in the air. It’s important to maintain a small bend in the knee, stay tall and pull the toes up. Coach Woody does this drill every day to strengthen athletes’ shins and ankles to be explosive. This drill can be done forward, backward and laterally.

Acceleration A Skip/March – Focus on swinging the leg from the hip and keeping your knee up in front. The march is in a walking motion (remember to swing arms and get the knees up) and the skip is at a faster pace that focuses on being active when the leg goes down into the ground.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Explode up.
2) Keep feet close together.
3) Swing the leg from the hip.
4) Keep your knee up in front.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Developing Speed & Power for Sprints, Relays and Hurdles.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




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!




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