Drills for High Turn-Out
When turn-out is high, it is not appropriate to do drills that put just a few people up on the track at a time, particularly in cooler temperatures, but even aside from that consideration. Use of the start gate is impractical, as are sprints, starts of all types, flying laps and flying 500’s (unless done in groups). Popcorn sprints are not practical because of the small distance between the groups, as are chariot races because of the small distance between the front and the back of the pace line. The best drills are skills drills that get everyone up on the track in pace lines on opposite sides of the track (for very high turn outs, have 4 pace lines, 2 each on the black and the blue), roll-ups (2 pace lines ½ lap apart), and pursuit drills (two pace lines on the blue, two groups riding hard on the black).