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Jackie Ansley, the CEO, owner, and performance coach of Performance Training Inc., as well as WNBA strength coach for the Atlanta Dream, Washington Mystics and Detroit Shock, shows a simple drill that any athlete with an open court or slab of concrete can do to improve their lateral quickness. Ansley’s experience training professional athletes is sure to benefit basketball players of all skill levels.
Drill Summary: Set up a square of cones, with each square about five or six paces apart. The athlete begins in the center of the square and receives commands from a coach, who can tell them to move: right, left, up and left, up and right, back and left, and back and right. The athlete then performs a defensive shuffle in whichever direction the coach commands. Focus on staying in a good stance and moving on a straight line.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Lead with the foot closest to where you’re going. (Ex: Right foot going right)
2) Keep your head in the same position.
3) Don’t open up your feet (it stresses the hamstring).
4) Plant and get back quickly.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Movement Training for Building Explosive Basketball Players.” View other world class Basketball videos!
Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Rob Rose, provides you with a drill used primarily in football to test agility, but can also be used to determine the agility of your lacrosse players. This drill can be used as a great way to develop change of direction speed for all players. This drill does not take much space and with several coaches, you could run several different groups at the same time for multiple reps.
Athlete Movement: The athlete will begin in a ready position. You begin timing on the athlete’s first movement, which is to bend down and touch the ground. The athlete will sprint five yards to touch the left line, turn and sprint 10 yards to touch the farthest line, and then turn and sprint past the start cone. The timer is stopped when the athlete crosses the start cone.
Watch as Assistant Coach Jason Breyo, at Lambert, Georgia High School, teaches the basics needed for good defensive play. It begins with a Five Yard Side-to-Side drill (without sticks). The next progression of this drill is to incorporate the players stick called the Five Yard Side-to-Side drill (with sticks). The conclusion of this progression adds an attackman.
How it Works: Cones are placed on a line about 5 to 10 yards apart. The player is to step behind the first cone, stand in an athletic stance on the balls of his feet, with his hands out front; Then shuffles to the other cone and back. The next progression of this drill now incorporates the player’s stick. The player is to lift their stick in the air, because of the uncertainty which direction the offensive player will go.
The last step is to add an Attackman. The defensive player is to keep his stick in front of the offensive player, lift it at the end, and place it again in front of the offensive player as he changes direction. This part of the drill also gives the offensive players an opportunity to practice cradling with one hand and changing hands in order to keep their body between the defender and the ball.
Drill Tips: When shuffling to the cone, be sure that the players do not cross their feet.
Rob Rose of True Athlete Performance shares the tools you need to better evaluate your players’ performance with a test that isolates specific abilities. This agility drill is a way to measure the quickness of an athlete and their ability to change direction. The learnings are appropriate for all age levels.
How it Works: You need four cones and a stopwatch. The four cones are set up in a “T” formation. The player begins at the line and the stopwatch is started once the athlete begins to move. The athlete has to run and touch the middle cone, shuffle to touch the right cone, turn and run to touch the far left cone, shuffle back to touch the middle cone, then backpedal across the starting/finish line. It is important that the player touch the top of each cone.
Drill Tips: This drill can be used as a great way to develop change of direction speed for defensive players. Because this drill doesn’t take much space, you could run several different groups at the same time.
Rob Rose of True Athlete Performance shares the tools you need to better evaluate your players’ performance with tests that isolate specific abilities. This drill is a way to measure the agility and speed of players. It can be used especially with offensive players to develop their ability to move quickly and change direction in order to create space or dodge a defender.
How it Works: This drill utilizes four cones; two for the start, one five yards up and five yards over, and a fourth, five yards over and five yards back, so that you end with a triangle shape. The athlete begins at the two cones. The timing begins upon the athletes’ first forward movement. They sprint to and around the middle cone, sprint to and around the far cone, from an inside-out direction. They sprint back around the top-middle cone and then finish by running back between the two starting line cones.
Drill Tips: For testing an athlete’s time, only one set up would be needed. But for training purposes, you could run the drill with several setups at the same time so that your entire team could have multiple reps in a short amount of time.