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Practice the Approach with a Submerging Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

A key aspect of the turn is the approach that the swimmer takes leading up to the wall. University of Tennessee head swimming & diving coach, Matt Kredich, and assistant coach, Bill Boomer, present a drill that uses the lane line to practice the skill of submerging, which is the initiation of the rotation.

Submerging

Drill Summary: Swimmers begin on the side of the pool  and push off toward the nearest lane line. As they approach the lane line, they should be at a depth that allows the lane line pieces to gently roll down their backs as they go under. Once into the adjacent lane, swimmers exhale into a human ball and drop to the bottom of the pool. Finally, the rep is completed by crawling back (not swimming) to the wall.

This drill works on slightly depressing the upper body below the water to double-cut the water, a technique that Coach Kredich says leads to the ability to slide through the water easier.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Blueprint for Turns and Starts.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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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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Discover Key Concepts for Your Backstroke Turns!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Friday, August 1, 2014

Ohio State Head Men’s Swimming Coach, Bill Wadley, focuses on the backstroke turn. This video works on concepts of the backstroke turn to ensure proper foot placement in the middle of the cross, as well as proper streamline push offs.

Backstroke Turn

The video works on the usual 3 arm strokes from the flags into the roll and tuck with the feet placed against the wall. The drill stresses that proper backstroke foot placement places the feet in the middle of the cross to maintain a straight line streamlined push off. It is critical that the swimmer take the exact number of strokes into the turn to maximize the turn position and foot placement.

Watch and learn more from Championship Productions’ DVD “Ohio State Drills & Skills for All Turns.” View other world class Swimming videos!




Make Adjustments to Hit Perfect Butterfly and Breaststroke Turns!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2010 Big 10 Coach of the Year, Bill Wadley, explains how to adjust your Butterfly and Breaststroke before the flags to stretch out the arms and finish the kick properly at the wall to maximize the turn. 

Butterfly and Breaststroke Turns

This is also important in relay racing where the next swimmer is timing his or her takeoff on the swimmer’s last strokes into the wall.

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Ohio State Drills & Skills for All Turns.” View other world class Swimming videos!




Work on Your Approach and Turns for the Freestyle!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In this segment, legendary swimming coach Richard Quick provides you with a drill that helps swimmers practice their approach into the actual turn/somersault, and practice multiple tight spin turns throughout the entire 25.

Freestyle Approach & Turn

You will see a demonstration of a 3-hand hit freestyle swim followed by a somersault and continuing right back into 3 more hand hits of freestyle and another somersault.

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Faster Fast Sprint Freestyle Turns & Transitions.” View other world class Swimming videos!




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