Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Backstroke Drills

This week - we will post some backstroke drills for swimmers to work on.  All the drills for this week come from a book written by Coach David Stump.  Dave is a very close friend of mine - we have known each other since the 5th grade, swam together, coached against each other, and coaches with each other.

The swimmers kick backstroke in a streamline position.  They must stay streamlined and underwater past the flags after each turn.  

This is a good drill to correct a pedaling motion in the kick.  Swimmers kick while holding a board lengthwise over their thighs.  If they hit the board with their thighs and knees, it indicates a pedaling motion in their kick.  The board will lie quietly if the swimmers are kicking correctly

The swimmers should be on their backs kicking with their arms at their sides.  They then lift their hand through a full recovery to touch the water overhead before bringing their arm back to their side.  This is done twice with the right arm, twice with the left arm, then two complete stroke cycles.

Swimmers kick with both arms at their sides.  They should roll their shoulders and lift their hand 6-12 inches out of the water and then let it fall back into the water

GOGGLES ON THE FOREHEAD – Have the swimmers swim a 25 with their goggles resting on their forehead.  They should try to swim without them falling off.  This drill forces the swimmers to maintain a steady head position.  

Video Drills

Backstroke swimming drills - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYErozl7SCs

Spin Drill - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8iSwO6RKto&feature=endscreen&NR=1 

Wave Drill - http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=fvwp&v=F48k5fb33uM

4 Back 3 Free Catch - 4 back 3 Free Catch

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