Tips for Teaching Young Athletes to Perform a Standing Sprint Start
A standing start for sprints is used by many young athletes who are too young to attempt, or have not yet been taught, a crouch or block start.
When doing a standing start:
“On Your Marks”
- Stand with one foot forward and one foot back; it doesn’t matter which one. (Whichever is comfortable for the athlete).
- Make sure that the front foot is pointed forward. It should be behind and not touching the starting line.
- Ensure that the back foot is also pointed forward, with the heel raised off the ground.
- The toes of the back foot should be about one foot-length behind the heel of the front foot.
- The feet should be shoulder-width apart, rather than one directly behind the other.
- Look forward to the finish line.
- The arms can be relaxed in this stance.
- Flex at the hips and knees, weight evenly distributed over both feet.
- Look downwards towards the front foot.
- Place the opposite arm and leg forward.
- Push off with both feet, springing away from the starting line.
- Drive with a big, strong arm action.
- Keep the eyes down so that all of the power is being directed through the top of the ahead.
- Push, push, push!
- Gradually rise up to the full sprinting position.
Do you have any other standing sprint start tips?
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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.