Great day working on lateral speed with our Football Players. In order to maintaining your balance with high speed lateral movements you must first develop the proper footwork at slower speeds. Then when the moment matters the most you will react quickly and with devastating accuracy while running.
We use a series of Cone Drills set up in a multitude of patterns to get the athlete to develop quick lateral speed. Cones can be placed anywhere from 4 to 20 feet in distance from each other. We will ask athletes to perform straight sprinting or a combination of running movements to and from each cone to elicit the desired benefit. Drills can consist of just a few cones or as many as 12 cones in a variety of running patterns per drill. Constantly stressing the importance of variety, speed, quickness, and anaerobic endurance. No two Sprint days will have the same pattern sequence of running. We want to constantly stress to the athlete adaptability. Change the patterns and the time required to do each drill increase the intensity of each drill to mimic actual game-day situations. The closer we can get to that in our training better prepares our athletes for the demands of the game. Our hope is that our training is tougher than the game. So when the athlete is in the game he is more confident in his/her abilities to perform at a high level.