Hurdle Technique Drills

In the video clips below Tony Veney,  head track coach at Ventura Community College,  explains 4 hurdle drills that will help your athletes develop proper technique. In the clips Coach Veney  does a great job of stopping the video and explaining key teaching points. The drills may be ones that you already use, but his explanation for what to look for may help you to coach your athletes better. Coach Veney has also been an assistant at UCLA where led fifteen Bruins to either indoor or outdoor all-american status.  In 11 seasons at Cal State Northridge he  coached three NCAA National Champions, 33 NCAA All-Americans and 15 conference champions. I think that you find his instruction to be helpful in your coaching.

The clips are from Complete Track and Field, a great resource for high quality track and field coaching tools.

Each video consists of two drills. In the first clip he you will see video of a simple walkover drill. In this drill he has the athletes place their hands on the hurdle and as the step over the hurdle he stresses that they keep their legs inside their hands. They should get high on their toes and drive the other leg up to their chest. Most athletes want to swing their legs outside and this drill helps teach them to stay square and not twist.

The second drill is the Trail Leg Slide. In this drill a hurdle is placed perpendicular to a  fence or wall (it should be a couple feet away). The athlete places is hands on the fence or wall and  stands to the side of the hurdle so that the hurdle is on the side of his trail leg.  The athlete will now slide his foot along the top of the hurdle and bring the knee of the trail leg all the way forward and against the  fence, while keeping the knees between the hands. This will put the athlete in position to drive his leg straight down into the track.

The second clip features a second walkover drill. This time the athlete will not have his hands on the hurdle like in the previous walkover drill. This is a good warm up drill for hip mobility and to address any IT Band issues.

The second drill in this clip is call Hurdle Runovers. In this drill the athlete will start with their lead lead over the hurdle and bent at 90-degrees. That take off leg will be straight and the heel should be high off the ground. The athlete will now load on the takeoff leg and leap up over the hurdle driving their legs down into the track with a quick one-two step.

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