The NCAA recently announced that they are following the IAAF’s lead in changing where exchanges can be made in the zone. There are several implications, including slower race times and risk of athlete injury. We recently led a lively discussion between Carl Lewis and special guest, Andy Ferrara. Andy is a retired coach who has analyzed the relays for years. Recently, he developed a visual tool that coaches can use to analyze the details of the exchanges so athletes can understand how to do their part correctly, no matter what leg they run in the race.
Relays are all about the speed of the baton. There’s a system all relay teams can follow. Keep the focus on precision and consistent execution.
For those of you who couldn’t join the call, here’s the recording.