Stage Two Drills
The only difference between stage two drills and stop drills is that on stage two you don't have to build a completed no-contact formation. Still come to a complete stop. Still pick up grips when the centre does. But leave out having to show the completed no-contact formation to the judges. At the end of stage two the team should be moving together like clockwork and scoring more points. A strong, steady team pace should have been established. The jumps should feel controlled, predictable and aggressive.
Stage Three Drills
At this point the awareness of the team has been trained in. You are familiar with what each point looks like before it is built. The pre-finished picture comes almost immediately after the break. On stage three drills you stop thinking about going fast and stopping hard. All you have to do is see a clean break and get your grip. In the time it takes to see the clean break you will have seen enough. This is still not a speed drill. But the speed will come…
Stage Four – Speed Drills
Now, and only now, you push it to the limit. Speed drills, stage four, will now increase a team’s effectiveness at scoring points as they have developed a deep, strong freefall communication.
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Article originally published in Parachutist