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Terrence Trammell: Teaching and Coaching the Hurdles

with Terrence Trammell,
Pace Academy (GA) Associate Head Coach;
3x Olympian & 2x Olympic Silver Medalist (110 M High Hurdles);
3x World Silver Medalist;
6x NCAA Champion (University of South Carolina)

Get a step-by-step plan for hurdler development and necessary skills for successful hurdling at a multitude of levels!

Three-time U.S. Olympian Terrence Trammell provides you with the drills and focus needed for success. He demonstrates everything from a proper supplemental warm-up prior to hurdling, essential drills for hurdle clearance, and a race model that allows for competitive completion of the hurdle race.

Trammell uses a series of 16 foundational drills that mimic the hurdle action to develop athletes. These drills focus on the key elements of hurdling: hip mobility, posture, and positioning. The purpose of these drills is to teach athletes how to keep speed, coordination, explosiveness, and rhythm working together.

All drills and techniques provided fall back to the centralized component that leads to hurdle success at meets. Hurdlers will learn to nail the mechanics in practice, giving them one less thing to worry about on meet day.

Running Mechanics Drills for Hurdlers

In this segment, eight specific drills are utilized to stress the essential components of creating a high center of gravity with the hips and keeping the shoulders square to maintain balance. Each of the drills maintains this focus and allows for more efficiency in sprint mechanics to allow hurdlers to travel faster between the hurdlers.

The "High Skip Drill" provided is a multi-faceted drill that fosters proper mechanics as well as strength building through its plyometric nature. This drill is an excellent way for athletes that are too young to lift weight to develop ballistic strength and power by using their own body weight.

Hurdle Technique

Coach Trammell incorporates seven specific drills that focus on hurdle technique. The drills progress from mobility-based exercises, that focus on hip position and square shoulders, to hurdle clearance. Each repetition is concluded by having the athlete run off the last hurdle to simulate race conditions.

Utilization of these drills in the sequence provided will help develop hurdlers that maintain the high center of gravity with hips and square shoulders needed to sprint through the hurdles, as opposed to jumping over the hurdles.

110 High Hurdle Race Model

Every aspect of the race is covered, from block setup to race completion. Coach Trammell breaks down the race into the four component parts and provides the hurdler with the essentials for successful race completion:

  • Blocks to hurdle #1
  • Hurdle #1-#3
  • Hurdle #4-#7
  • Hurdle #8-Finish line

Get all the necessary skills, drills, and modeling needed to successfully navigate the high hurdles. With emphasis on body placement, sprint mechanics, hurdle form and rehearsal, Coach Trammell sets up the athlete for success in competition!

28 minutes. 2018.

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Terrence Trammell: Teaching and Coaching the Sprints

with Terrence Trammell,
Pace Academy (GA) Associate Head Coach;
3x Olympian & 2x Olympic Silver Medalist (110 M High Hurdles);
3x World Silver Medalist;
6x NCAA Champion (University of South Carolina)

Teaching explosiveness on the track is the key to training sprinters. Two-time Olympic Silver Medalist Terrence Trammell provides coaches and athletes the opportunity to develop new skills for novice sprinters and reinforce and enhance commonly used drills for experienced sprinters. He begins with detailed demonstrations and coaching points that allow athletes to develop mechanics in sprinting to execute the drills "perfectly first, then perfectly faster."

Running Form and Explosive Power

Foot placement and foot strike are essential for good sprint technique. The key is to find a balance between stride length and frequency, which will lead to fast times. Trammell shares a series of foundation-building drills that focus on the specifics of running form. You'll see a detailed tour of the benefits and execution of the A-Skip, B-Skip, Flutter Kicks, Tight High Knees, and High Skip drills that sprinters commonly use in their warm up and mechanic development.

Coach Trammell relates each of the skills to the specific component of efficient sprint mechanics and how they relate to the overall sprinting process.

How To Use Starting Blocks

One of the most important aspects of sprinting is clearing the starting blocks. However, at the youth and high school levels, this is one of the most inconsistently taught and coached parts of sprinting. Trammell provides a detailed description of starting block technique, including set up, leg angle, upper body position, and use of the blocks and track to generate the most effective start for power and mechanical efficiency.

Segmenting the Sprint

Trammell breaks the sprint into three distinct phases: Transition Phase, Top Speed Phase, and Maintenance Stage. He thoroughly explains how to teach athletes to drive out in order to set themselves up to run in the most efficient manner possible. He also discusses how to finish a sprint.

The conciseness and multiple angles of the drills provided by Coach Trammell reinforce efficient sprinting mechanics to allow for maximum success on the track!

25 minutes. 2018.

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Rotational Progressions and Finish Mechanics for Shot Put and Discus

with Seth Roberson,
Grand View University Associate Head Coach;
Back-to-back Heart of America Conference Assistant Coach of the Year (2016-17);
coached 2016 NAIA National Champion discus thrower;
USA Track and Field Level 1 Certified Coach

Seth Roberson provides a detailed blueprint for teaching athletes how to throw the discus and shot put with a rotational approach. Roberson models how to correct critical coaching and positive reinforcement to each athlete with simple and direct instruction with each segmented or full-throw drill.

The Wind Up - Where it all begins!

A proper wind-up helps ensure a better throw. Learn how to wind up and hit key positions in the back of the ring, whether throwing the discus or rotational shot put. Coach Roberson breaks down the technique and how to address common mistakes while using his athletes to demonstrate the drills. He includes four drills to train:

  • Shifting over the left leg coming out of the back to create a better push
  • Turning on the inside ball of the left foot to create a smooth spin and stay on balance
  • Creating an efficient and helpful left arm when turning out of the back by creating a great path

Rotational Drill Progression

Coach Roberson shares several drills he uses to teach the rotational component of the discus and shot put. Drills are demonstrated and include in-depth explanations with key coaching points. The wind up, tempo, and posture of the athletes are demonstrated and explained in detail, including the Scooter 360 drill that teaches the athlete how to rotate.

Train Athletes how to "Push Out of the Back"

Several drills are demonstrated that Roberson uses to teach athletes how to start the movement of the discus throw or shot put. This first crucial movement, "pushing out the back," is explained in great detail, along with several key issues that typically occur with beginning athletes.

Some of the drills that Coach Roberson shares are:

  • The Cone Sweep drill.
  • The Cone Sweep Wheel drill that teaches hip rotation.
  • The full wind up and wheel without implement that teaches the athlete to push off and create separation between the upper body and lower body.
  • How to progress these drills but emphasize different points such as balance, timing, and correcting over-rotation.

Drills to Teach the Release of the Discus and Shot Put

Finally, Coach Roberson includes drills that teach the body position and sequence of releasing the discus and shot put in a full throw. Some of the drills and coaching points that Roberson shares are:

  • Throws from the power position
  • Wheel drill to a complete throw
  • Several medicine ball throws that teach mechanics in releasing the shot put
  • Full power throws and full throws with a pivot with the shot put and discus

Coach Roberson offers a large variety of drills that are interesting and challenging for throwers. His emphasis on balance, footwork, and proper positioning is sure to make it easier for you to get the most out of your own athletes!

84 minutes. 2018.

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Coaching the Technical Aspects of the Long Jump & Triple Jump

with Kyle Tellez,
University of Houston Assistant Track & Field Coach;
Coach of 2x NCAA Long Jump Champion Jenny Adams; 25 years of experience in the jumps

The University of Houston's Kyle Tellez shows you his methods that contribute to successful long and triple jumps!

Long Jump

Coach Tellez's long jump program is designed to teach long jumpers a simple, but effective method to develop the long jump attempt progression. Using demonstrators, Tellez demonstrates several approach runs and illustrates key points to look for while coaching the approach, including the rhythm and cadence of the run as well as where to stand to coach your athletes.

Approach Run Mechanics for the Long Jump

Coach Tellez breaks down all of the components of the approach run. Beginning with short approach jumps to work on rhythm and progressing back to full approaches, your athletes will develop an understanding of the cadence while gradually improving speed and power as they progress.

You'll also learn the importance of using a check mark to troubleshoot mistakes that your jumpers will make as they advance down the runway. Check marks also have the benefit of helping coaches and athletes make adjustments based on a variety of conditions, such as weather or surface type.

Short Approach Take Off Drills for the Long Jump

The long jump has a unique pattern in the last two steps in preparation for takeoff. Athletes must lower their center of mass with the last two steps grounded flat in anticipation of takeoff. Tellez takes his athlete through walking and jogging versions of a takeoff drill in order to simulate technique at lower speeds. By having the athlete walk through the motions of a takeoff, they'll be better suited to perform the actions at full speed later on. As the segment progresses, the athlete gradually increases speed with short approach runs to enhance the difficulty of the drill.

Tellez also explains common mistakes that athletes will make on the penultimate step and the takeoff. You'll be taught how to land in the pit and how to get the most distance out of each jump.

Triple Jump

The triple jump is one of the most dynamic events in track and field. Coach Tellez demonstrates drills to transition from a successful approach run to the development of a proven triple jump series. Using this approach, athletes can practice all three jumps without having to use the landing phase.

Approach Run Mechanics for the Triple Jump

The goal of the triple jump runway is to develop a consistent relaxed run, leading to controlled speed at takeoff. To help inexperienced jumpers gain better control of the jump, Tellez explains that they may require a shorter approach that can expand backward as they develop strength and coordination. Starting with a unique static drill to teach athletes about the three components of the hop, step, and jump phase, Tellez demonstrates how short approach runs of various lengths can be added onto the drill to enhance difficulty and challenge jumpers as they progress.

Bounding Skills for the Triple Jump

In addition to building power and strength, bounding skills play an enhanced role in a triple jumper's development. Tellez begins with a series of double leg bounds off a low box to teach his athletes to absorb impact and transfer momentum. From there, he progresses to alternate leg bounds and triple jump specific bounds to help teach rhythm while developing strength. For coaches wondering how to teach arm mechanics, Tellez uses a walking bound drill to demonstrate arm swing and how to help cue athletes to use their arms aggressively to improve bounding distance.

Strength Training for the Long and Triple Jumps

University of Houston strength and conditioning coach Drew Fuji discusses the basics of strength training for jumpers. Coach Fuji breaks down a few simple, easy to execute lifts that will help jumpers get stronger on the runway. This includes a demonstrat

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James Thomas' Unconventional Approach for High Jump Consistency

with James Thomas,
Texas Tech Associate Head Men's Coach - Men's & Women's Jumps & Combined Events;
USTFCCCA Jumping Event Specialist; USATF Level II Certification- Jumps;
Coach of 1 Olympian & 4 NCAA Champions, 5-time USTFCCCA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year

James Thomas uses unassuming terminology and visual aids to explain the mechanics and qualities of the high jump that are imperative to success. He shares his exercises and practice designs to facilitate his athletes' ability to accomplish the requisites to big jumps.

Thomas' video goes beyond drills and techniques associated with the high jump and begins to address which skills are truly important to success within the event. In each of his segments, Thomas simplifies complex skills in a way that is easy for the beginning coach to understand, while providing some ideas that may challenge, or help, advanced coaches take their jump training to the next level.

Coach Thomas opens by explaining the importance of building a better athlete through multi-lateral training, not just coaching the high jump. He shows the six fundamental exercises that he uses to develop an athlete's elasticity to jump high, demonstrates a unique teaching progression for developing the all-important approach, and addresses the psychology of the athlete and how he works that into training.

High Jump Specific Plyometrics

Thomas explains that he doesn't use a lot of drills to teach his high jumpers how to be successful in this event. However, he does use a few key drills to emphasize proper joint stiffness, while discussing its importance in setting up a quick and powerful takeoff. This includes drills such as stiff leg low hurdle hops; skipping for height; and run, run, jump.

While describing each drill, Thomas details specific body positions required to make the drill successful and how proper execution transfers over to the high jump.

Using Circle Runs

A well-executed curve will create the speed and power required for an effective takeoff. However, most novice jumpers tend to fight the forces generated on the curve run. In this segment, Thomas demonstrates how circle runs help athletes become comfortable running tighter turns and body positions they can take up, such as opening the chest. He demonstrates both the traditional 5x5 approach and a more innovative 6x4 approach. He presents his thoughts on the difference between the two approaches and why he favors one over the other.

Challenging Athletes at Practice

We all know the high jump can be a finicky event, and the mentality of the athlete often makes all of the difference at the big meets. In this segment, Thomas takes you through some of his unique strategies for structuring practices that replicate the competitive stresses athletes encounter when they compete. Some examples include placing limits on jump attempts, or ending practices after three missed jumps to replicate competition.

Coach Thomas presents the successful path he prescribes toward one that is oriented toward more time-efficient efforts for practice and competition.

37 minutes. 2018.

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