Use the 1-2-3 Rule When Coaching Young Athletes
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The “1-2-3- Rule” is an easy method for young athletes to use to determine the positioning of their starting blocks.
Place the starting blocks one foot-length behind the start line. (Make sure that the blocks are pointing straight down the track).
Position the front block two foot-lengths behind the start line.
Position the back block three foot-lengths behind the start line. (Adjust this block so that it is raised to an angle that is as high as possible while remaining comfortable).
And then . . .
Make sure that the blocks are stable, locked in and won’t slide, then test them out and adjust as needed.
Let me know how it goes!
I would love to hear if you try this method of setting up blocks with a young athlete and how it goes. Let me know by leaving a comment.
Darren Wensor is a sports development professional, coach educator, specialist coach of young athletes and founder of the blog coachingyoungathletes.com. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin , Anchor or via email.