Since I started coaching high school football, and subsequently started coaching S&C as well, I’ve noticed two big issues:
- If you’ve given them time off, kids never show up in shape when you’re back on.
- No one (myself included) runs right.
Thus, we spend the first few days learning how to run again.
Don’t forget to always start off with a dynamic stretch before hand (previous article in S&C section).
Tuesday: form running session- walks, heel to butt, slow carioca, walking lunges, A-skips, dorsey and plantar hops, tapioca, backwards runs, take offs, long strides, agility ladders, interval training, and double-jumps.
Wednesday: Agility and Plyo training- walks, heel to butt, slow carioca, a-skips, dorsey and plantar hops, agility ladders, plyo box jumps, agility bags, low hurdles (stiff leg and sprint through), sand bag carries.
Thursday: Power and Explosion- mat drills, tire flips, sled pulls, sand bag crab crawls, agility ladders, long jogs and figure-8’s.
Our overall goal was to prepare and push the limits. On upper body days we usually do a lot of plyo and agility, on lower body days we do form running which is lighter on the legs. Thursdays we push hard since we give them off Friday-Sunday, and we do our power training then.