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Introduction
LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning
Periodisation
Content
Questions

Coaching the snatch

Step 1 - Gripping the bar

The player is instructed to grip the bar wide so that the bar fits into the crease of the hips when the player slightly bends the knees. Note the player should not grip the bar too close, as the bar will rest too low. Too wide a grip and the bar will rest too high above the crease of waist.

Figure 1. Player in top figure displays bar grip width at crease of hips. Figure below displays a normal grip.

Some S&C coaches prefer to determine the grip width using a tape or broom handle. Grip width will be different for different players depending on arm length and hand size, thumb length and flexibility. One popular method for determining grip width in the snatch is to measure from the outside of the shoulder to the opposite outstretched first knuckle of a closed fist (see Figure 2 below). Beginners may also wish to use a narrower grip initially and then progress to a wider grip over a number of weeks.

Figure 2. Establishing grip width using outside of the shoulder to the opposite outstretched first knuckle of a closed fist for player.