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Improve Your Player’s Speed with the “Sandwich Drill!”

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Eric Markovcy, Lehigh University Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, focuses on individual player development to become better lacrosse players. This drill is intended to train the players to put their bodies in a position to be explosive and to keep their feet under them.

Sandwich Drill

Athlete Movement:  The players begin five yards back from three middle cones. The three cones are separated from each other by about two yards. On the coach’s command they will run to the assigned cone, most importantly without taking a false step. The athlete has to be sure to initiate the direction with the correct foot so as not to get their feet crossed up. Once the command is given, the player is to take a high step with the directionally appropriate foot, rather than to take a false step.

A variation of this drill can be done with two players that are about 10-15 yards away, but facing each other. One athlete is the offensive player and the other athlete is the defensive player. Whichever cone the offensive player sprints to, the defender has to get to by ensuring to initiate his first step appropriately.

Teaching Points: Coach Markovcy makes the point that in a drill like this with an element of competition, form sometimes disappears. The players must focus on using the proper technique in the competitive environment.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Speed, Agility and Explosiveness Training for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Develop Change of Direction Speed with this Agility Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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.

Pro Agility (5-10-5)

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.

Teaching Points:

  • Each time the athlete touches a line, they must turn their body to face the coach.
  • An alternative is to have the athlete start the drill going in the opposite direction to see if there is a time difference in direction.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Testing and Evaluation for Lacrosse Players.” View the latest videos on Strength & Conditioning for Lacrosse.




Develop Speed and Agility in Your Lacrosse Players!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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.

Roundabout Drill

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.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Testing and Evaluation for Lacrosse Players.” To view the latest video selections on Strength & Conditioning, CLICK HERE.




A Dryland Training Workout to Improve Technique and Speed!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 31, 2014

14x NCAA All American, Coley Stickels, provides athletes with a great dryland training exercise that is essential to modern swim technique and speed. This exercise is designed to develop scapular strength and increase scapular flexibility in a unique way.

Y’s & I’s

The athlete holds onto the straps connected above and while leaning backward at approximately a 30 degree angle with feet forward pulls his or her body upright by spreading the hands outward without bending the elbows. The exercise starts with the scapula fully apart and extended, and finishes with both scapula as close together as possible.

CHECK OUT more valuable insight from “Mega Drills for Dryland Training.” VIEW other world class Dryland Training videos in our massive Swimming library!




Develop Greater Power and Leg Speed to Improve Your Sprinters!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, December 20, 2013

World class strength & conditioning coach, Tim McClellan, guides you through a variety of sprint mechanics drills. These are excellent progressions to work on the technical aspect of creating more force in your legs.

B-Skips

For the B-Skips it is important to get your foot under your hips and to lift your knee and foot up to waist height.

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, “Speed, Agility, and Quickness: Comprehensive Drills and Conditioning for Athletes.” Discover other great Speed Development videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!




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