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Mega Drills for Backstroke

Mega Drills for Backstroke

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with Coley Stickels, 14x NCAA All American with University of Arizona;
has coached National Age Group record holders and Olympic Trials finalists

Discover backstroke drills that run the gambit from simple, single focused drills to complex and multi-faceted drills. These drills reflect the most current techniques being used by world class backstrokers. Each drill is explained in detail, demonstrated, and narrated with helpful instructional tips.

Also included are stroke error detection and corrections along with visual cues to watch for that are invaluable in assisting the backstroker to enhance their "feel" for every critical phase of the stroke.

Presented by Coach Coley Stickel's, these drills reflect his core values for the stroke that center around the following key concepts:
Maintain a relatively flat backstroke
Leading high elbow catch
Quick hands through the end phase of the pull
Hips in line with the spine
Establishing an advantageous catch position is a major focus in the majority of Stickel's drills. These catch-focused drills begin with simple sculling drills that help develop a keen feel for the catch. Stickels teaches a quick, high elbow catch so that immediate pressure can be applied for propulsion. You will learn drill challenges that combine a variety of arm movements that transition into the catch position.

Stickel's emphasizes a quick hand exit on the end of the pull phase that will allow the swimmer a quicker stroke tempo and avoid getting "stuck" with a deep finish. You will see specific drills for training the quick exit into recovery.

Swimming with the hips in line with the spine will keep unwanted swaying out of the stroke. Stickels introduces drills for creating line awareness that begin with limited arm movement, just focusing on the body position and are followed by engaging the arm and leg motion of the stroke while maintaining line awareness.

The unique Approach Drill is perfect for teaching highly efficient turns. The drill reinforces the deep freestyle-like set up stroke that precedes the crossover stroke into the turn. The drill also heightens flag awareness for the swimmer that will assist in judging the wall.

This presentation is a rapid fire array of backstroke drills that will allow your swimmers to develop a feel for each of the most critical positions for the stroke, while at the same time training stroke fluidity and efficiency.

33 minutes (plus 17 minutes of Individual Medley technique). 2013. DVD.

This dvd is part of the set: Mega Drills for Swimming DVD Series

Product Summary: Complete backstroke training for swimmers at all levels. Includes backstroke drills that range from simple to complex and cover set up strokes, crossover stroke, and rapid fire drills that are sure to improve your times.

Editorial Review: This backstroke drills dvd provides the training needed to maximize energy and develop the most efficient stroke possible. Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 5

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