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Ohio State Head Men’s Swimming Coach, Bill Wadley, teaches youth swimmers techniques of the backstroke turn. They will learn to try to take a last breath before rolling over to their stomach to begin the turn. This drill emphasizes rolling over without pausing for that last breath, which will break up the necessary rhythm and speed of the turn.
Each athlete has to decide a direction they will turn by which side they feel more comfortable turning toward.
Bill Dorenkott, Ohio State Head Women’s Swimming Coach has won multiple Big Ten Championships and shows you how to perform a world class freestyle turn. The keys are to hold streamline on your back for a count of three and then utilize the swimmer’s kick, hips & core strength to transition to kicking on the side position.
Also, “opening the back door,” be sure to maintain the feet shoulder width apart coming over and setting on the wall – do not bring the feet together.
Watch and learn the coaching philosophy behind a successful breaststroke and butterfly turn from 2010 Big 10 Coach of the Year, Bill Wadley. Along with the insight from Coach Wadley, you will see multiple drills that emphasize the points that he makes.
The key points are to finish with a kick, stay at water level, and not to look at the wall but concentrate on looking at the bottom of the pool.