OPEN DRILLS

Posted: March 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

Rely more and more on “open” drills.

After 30 years I will never ever understand the overuse of predictable ladder and cone drills to the point of Lactid Acid explosion for the development of speed and agility.

Looks wonderful on video set to cool music however

Ready….
Set……
Go….. then thinking, “Oh yeah, it’s this one”
only gets you so far.
You need to perform drills that involve you reacting to a variety of stimuli including contact, visual and auditory. There needs to be a reactive component to your training. You can prove it to yourself by first reacting to a “go” command without false stepping. Next try doing it reacting to a clap or thrown ball. See what I mean?

Your ability to stop and start unpredictably is at the root of agility.

If you do not add the element of surprise(open drills) to your agility repertoire, you become good at a skill like you get good at a golf swing or dancing or a ladder or cone drill.

Multiple studies bear this out.

Once the foundation of good mechanics is laid, unpredictability must follow unless you just want to be a combine or showcase star only.

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