- Learn how to correct common errors to add distance to your throws
- Maximize your throwing distance by making simple changes to your grip
- See specific drills for the front, middle and back of the ring
with Travis Geopfert, University of Arkansas Assistant Coach (field events and multi-events);
2x USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year (2013-14);
Decathlon coach for the 2009 USA vs. Germany Thorpe Cup; former UNI Head Coach, 2009 MVC Indoor and Outdoor Champions
University of Arkansas Assistant Coach Travis Geopfert uses discus throwers with varying degrees of experience and ability to show you how to correct common mistakes in the discus.
After the athletes demonstrate an error, Coach Geopfert provides a series of drills you can use to correct the techniques. Geopfert supplements these drills with his personal "Coaching Points" that he has used to develop his championship-level throwers. For each drill, the how and why are explained along with how the drill corrects the error and develops proper technique.
Many discus throwers hold the discus improperly, which affects their throwing distance. Starting with the basic set-up, Coach Geopfert instructs you on how to grip the discus to maximize your throw.
Front of the Ring
Learning the discus from the front of the ring to the back allows you to concentrate on the release before moving to footwork skills. You'll get a detailed breakdown on the proper angle and height of the release through the Heel-Knee-Hip-Arm Technique, in addition to drills that develop essential footwork.
Back of the Ring
In the back of the ring, you will see numerous drills to work on lower body technique. By utilizing traffic cones or straight bars, you will clearly see the incorrect and the correct way to move into the middle of the circle. Using cues like "slapping the giraffe" and "elbowing the penguin" makes learning the pivot-and-turn fun and easy to remember.
Middle of the Ring
In the middle of the ring, you will learn drills that focus on developing speed across the circle and an entire sequence of full throws.
Small mistakes can cost your athletes on meet day. Correct those mistakes and help your athletes maximize their potential!
55 minutes. 2013.Track & Field Videos