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Training Zone   Daily Session
General Conditioning Travel
General Warmup
X
1
Complete each exercise for 20 yards down and back.  Always face in the same direction when moving laterally.  Begin every warm-up with an easy jog down and back
Warm Up - Forward Shuffles
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will face 45º to the direction of movement and perform two shuffles in a gallop pattern leading with the front foot. Turn 90º and perform two more shuffles leading with the other foot.  Repeat.  Always turn 90º towards the direction of movement.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep hips lowered.
  • Shuffle without crossing feet.
  • Perform 2 shuffles one direction, and then transition to the opposite direction.
  • Shuffles are 45º.
Assessment:
  • Athlete capable of executing the shuffles in the proper pattern and change of direction.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase speed.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Forward gallop.
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Skips
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

The skipping motion requires the athlete to move forward utilizing a step-hop pattern with an opposite arm and leg action.



Coaching Cues:
  • Move forward in the following pattern...step, hop, switch legs, step, hop.
  • Opposite arm and leg action.
Assessment:
  • Athlete capable of executing the step hop pattern with the correct opposite arm and leg action.
Increase Challenge:
  • Skip for height.
  • Skip for distance.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Forward gallop.
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Twister Skips
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

The skipping motion requires the athlete to move forward utilizing a step-hop pattern with an opposite arm and leg action.  Athlete rotates upper body towards the elevated leg with each step.



Coaching Cues:
  • Move forward in the following pattern...step, hop, switch legs, step, hop.
  • Opposite arm and leg action.
  • Rotate upper body towards elevated leg.
Assessment:
  • Athlete capable of executing the step hop pattern with the correct opposite arm and leg action.
  • Athlete able to rotate the upper body towards the correct leg.
Increase Challenge:
  •  Skip for height.
  • Skip for distance
  • Skip with arm swings.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Forward gallop.
  • Skip.
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Side Shuffles
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will face 90º to the direction of movement and shuffle leading with the front foot.  Hips and shoulders should be squared, and remain so, throughout the exercise.  Feet do not cross and feet do not click.



Coaching Cues:
  • Stay low.
  • Shuffle sideways without crossing the legs.
  • Do not let feet “click” (hit each other).
Assessment:
  • Athlete capable of executing the shuffles without crossing or clicking their feet.
Increase Challenge:
  • Lowering the hips.
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Carioca
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Traveling sideways, trunk is stationary and hips are twisting side to side as the legs alternate from forward to backward.  Grapevine pattern which is across, side, behind, side.



Coaching Cues:
  • Shoulders should be squared throughout the exercise.
  • Hips will rotate to the left and right sides.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can complete the pattern properly.
Increase Challenge:
  • Carioca with high knee.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Side Shuffle or Forward Shuffle.
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Backward Shuffles
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will face 45º opposite to the direction of movement and perform two backward shuffles in a gallop pattern leading with the front foot. Turn 90º and perform two more backward shuffles leading with the other foot.  Repeat.  Always turn 90º towards the direction of movement.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep hips lowered.
  • Shuffle without crossing feet.
  • Perform 2 shuffles one direction, and then transition to the opposite direction.
  • Shuffles are 45º.
Assessment:
  • Athlete capable of executing the shuffles in the proper pattern and change of direction.
Increase Challenge:
  • Drop lower in stance.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Forward Shuffles.
x
1
reps
Dynamic Stretch
X
1
This dynamic stretch is in a stationary position.  All flexibility exercises are done with body weight only.
Shoulder Punches - Square Stance (loaded)
Objective: Upper Body Strength and Mobility

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells or Sandbells

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will start by standing in a squared stance with both elbows flexed and situated to the side.  Punch to the right side with your left arm (turn right as you punch) and at the same time shift your weight to the right side.  Reach out to the side as far as you can.  Repeat with right arm.



Coaching Cues:
  • Allow the lower body to react to the punches.
  • Always return to the start position.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute using proper form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Perform while moving laterally.
Decrease Challenge:
  •  Body weight only.
x
10
reps
Flexibility - Arm Swings
Objective:

Mobility



Equipment and Setup:

Body Weight, Light Dumbbells or Sandbells



Technique/Execution:

Stand in a square stance. Swing your arms across your body in multiple ways (see video).



Coaching Cues:
  • Rotate your trunk.
  • Reach high with the lead arm.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute the exercise with good form.

Increase Challenge:

Decrease Challenge:

x
10
reps
Squat Posterior Reach
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup:

Body weight only or a pair of light Dumbbells or Sandbells



Technique/Execution:

Athlete will start by standing with feet shoulder width apart. Athlete will squat and reach back with the right hand to touch the ground behind the right foot.  Stand up and repeat squat reaching back with the left hand to touch the ground behind the left foot.  Perform for desired number of repetitions.

Athlete will start by standing with feet shoulder width apart. Athlete will squat and reach back with the right hand to an area behind the right shoulder.  Stand up and repeat squat reaching back with the left hand to an area behind the left shoulder.  Perform for desired number of repetitions.



Coaching Cues:
  • Use good squatting form.
  • Try to touch the ground behind each foot.
  • Try to reach as far back behind the shoulder as possible.
  • Rotate the trunk with each reach.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Use light dumbbells or sandbells.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Change the height of the reach and/or depth of the squat.
x
10
reps
Pick up and Reach 4-way (loaded)
Objective: Full Body Strength and Mobility

Equipment and Setup: Sandbells or Dumbbells

Technique/Execution:

Opposite arm/leg:  Athlete will start by standing in split stance, left leg forward.  Begin by reaching forward and across your body with right hand, weight onto the front leg (anterior lunge position).  Decelerate this motion.  Shift weight to right leg and reach posteriorly over the right shoulder.  Repeat exercise with opposite hand and leg.

Same side arm/leg:  Standing in split stance, left leg forward.  Begin by reaching forward and medial to left knee with left hand, simultaneously shifting weight onto front leg.  Decelerate this motion.  Shift weight to right leg and reach posteriorly over left shoulder.  Repeat exercise with right leg forward.



Coaching Cues:
  • Athletic stance with knees slightly bent.
  • Shift weight from front to back.
  • Back heel up when shifting weight forward.
  • Toe up in front when shifting weight back.
Assessment:
       
  • Athlete can execute exercise while demonstrating proper weight shift fore and aft.
Increase Challenge:
    .
Decrease Challenge:
  • Body weight only.
x
20
reps
Knee Machine (Hula)
Objective: Lower Body Strength and Mobility

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbell, Sandbell, or Medicine Ball

Technique/Execution: Standing in a squared stance, shift weight to the right side as if to sit down on a chair directly to your right.  Simultaneously turn shoulders and trunk to the left rotating to the opposite direction of the wt. shift keeping the left knee straight and the left foot flat on the ground.  Finish by reaching to a spot waist high directly to your left.  Come back to the start position and repeat to the opposite side.

Coaching Cues:
  • Chest and head up.
  • Sit from your hips.
  • Toes down.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute with proper form.
Increase Challenge:
  • As balance and control improve, emphasize range of motion by sitting down and reaching as far as possible.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use body weight only.
x
10
reps
Butt Burner (Loaded)
Objective: Lower Body Strength, Upper Body Strength, Mobility

Equipment and Setup:

Dumbbell or Sandbell.



Technique/Execution:

Stand on left leg.  Hold dumbbell in right hand.  Squat as low as you can control (up to 90º) and reach your right hand outside your left foot.  Stand up and repeat for designated number of repetitions.  Switch feet and hold dumbbell in your left hand.  Repeat exercise.



Coaching Cues:
  • Focus on sitting your hips back.
  • Athlete does not bend at waist.
  • Keeping your chest up.
  • Control the weight at all times.
  • Keep your head up and lock your eyes on a single point to help maintain balance.
Assessment:
  • Knee travels over toes.
  • Head and chest stay up.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase the weight.
  • Reach to floor.
  • Butt Burner (4-way).
Decrease Challenge:
  • Bodyweight only.
x
10
reps
Prep
X
3

Various Ladder Drills

Pick up and Reach 2-way (loaded)
Objective: Full Body Strength and Mobility

Equipment and Setup: Sandbells or Dumbbells

Technique/Execution: Athlete will start by standing in split stance, right leg forward.  Begin by reaching forward and across your body with left hand, weight onto the front leg (anterior lunge position).  Decelerate this motion.  Shift weight to left leg and reach posteriorly over the left shoulder.  Repeat exercise with opposite hand and leg.

Coaching Cues:
  • Split stance with knees slightly bent.
  • Shift weight from front to back.
  • Back heel up when shifting weight forward.
  • Toe up in front when shifting weight back.
Assessment:
  • Athlete shall execute with proper form.
Increase Challenge:
  •  4-way Pickup and Reach.
Decrease Challenge:
  •  Body weight only.
x
10
reps
Lower Body Bridge – Two Feet (with Hip Lifts)
Objective: Core Strength

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Lie down on the ground with your knees bent, your feet flat on the ground in front of you and your hands at your side.  Push your hips up towards the ceiling until your thighs, hips and torso are all in line.  You will be supporting your body weight with your feet and your shoulders.  After you get in this position, pause for a second and drop your hips back to the ground.  Repeat this process of raising and lowering your hips.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep your core tight.
  • Keep your back flat.
  • Keep weight evenly distributed between legs.
  • Make sure your hips are in line with the rest of your body.
Assessment:
  • Complete 15 hips lifts in 30 seconds using a 1:1 tempo.
Increase Challenge:
  • Add a weight vest.
  • Place feet on an object (med ball, box, physio ball)
  • Single leg bridge with hip lifts.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Lower Body Bridge without hip lifts.
x
20
reps
Side Plank (feet together)
Objective: Core Strength

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Lie on your side with one foot on top of the other.  Rest your upper body on your forearm that is perpendicular to your body. Raise your hips so they are straight in line with the rest of your body.  Extend your other hand straight up into the air.  Look straight ahead.  Switch sides.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep your core tight.
  • Keep your back flat.
  • Do not let your hips sag.
  • Do not raise your hips.
Assessment:
  • Measure the length of time you are able to hold this position in good form...up to 60 seconds.
Increase Challenge:
  • Add a weight vest.
  • Performing Side Plank in a High Hold position.
Decrease Challenge:
x
30
sec
Ladder Drills - Forward Run (one foot in)
Objective: Quickness, Agility, Conditioning

Equipment and Setup: Agility Ladder

Technique/Execution:

Set up a ladder on the training floor. Have athlete start with both feet in front of the ladder. Then, have them run through the ladder with one foot landing in each box of the ladder. The athlete can either turn around and run back through the ladder or jog back to the beginning of the ladder.  Repeat starting with the other foot leading.



Coaching Cues:
  • Quick touches through the ladder (pretend the ground is hot).
  • Elbows at right angles (L).
Assessment:
  • Measure time it takes to execute the drill 4 times.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase number of times through.
  • High Knee run through the ladder.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease number of times through.
x
5
reps
Strength
X
4

Broad Jump to Vertical Jump at 15 yards down and back

Broad Jump to Vertical Jump and Stick
Objective: Lower Body Power

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Perform a Broad Jump.  Land on heels and immediately perform a Vertical Jump landing on balls of feet. Pause for 1 second and then repeat. No more than 8 jumps.



Coaching Cues:
  • Land softly.
  • Quickly go into a Vertical Jump after the Broad Jump (hit and go).
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Continuous Broad Jumps.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Broad Jump and Stick.
x
1
reps
dB Dead Lift
Objective: Lower Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells, Sandbells, or Medicine Ball

Technique/Execution:

Start in square stance holding dumbbells at side. Drop into a squat by bending knees and sitting back with the hips.  Keep head and back straight and knees pointed same direction as feet. Descend until thighs are just past parallel to the floor. Stand straight up.  Repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep head facing forward and back straight.
  • Keep chest high and arms straight to sides with feet flat on floor.
  • Sit back with weight on the heels of your feet.
  • Knees should point same direction as feet throughout movement.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute the exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight.
  • Deadlift with Barbell.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease weight.
x
12
reps
dB Chest Press (Flat)
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells and a bench

Technique/Execution: Athlete will lie on bench while keeping feet flat on the floor.  Position the dumbbells to the side of your chest.  Press the dumbbells up directly above each shoulder.  Lower the weight back to starting position.  Repeat.


Coaching Cues:
  • Abs tight.
  • Feet flat on the floor.
  • Control the weight at all times and use full range of motion.
Assessment:
  • Do 10 repetition maximum ("RM") and record weight.

Increase Challenge:
  • Add weight.
  • Change tempo.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use lighter weight.
  • Change tempo.

x
12
reps
Alternating Shoulder Press - Split Stance
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Sandbell, Medicine ball, or Dumbbell

Technique/Execution:

Standing in a split stance with both hands holding a weight and arms flexed over each shoulder, dip hips down, further bending both knees and press the weight up (right side).  Immediately pull the weight back down and repeat with the opposite side.  The exercise is performed in moderate speed and keeping the back as straight as you can.  The upward movement is explosive, generating the initial force from the lower extremity.



Coaching Cues:
  • Abs tight
  • Athletic stance (knees slightly bent)
  • Control the weight at all times.
  • Use full range of motion.
  • Use a weight that is comfortable for the athlete.
  • Slow the movement down when using heavier weights.
Assessment:
  • Poor body position or posture.
  • Poor range of motion.
  • Using too heavy a weight.     
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight
  • Add rotational movements.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use lighter weights.
x
12
reps
Fitness
X
1

Tabata Intervals: 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, 8 rounds before switching exercises

60 seconds rest between exercises

Airdyne Bike Sprint
Objective:

Equipment and Setup:

Technique/Execution:

Coaching Cues:
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
20
sec
Shuttle Runs - Sprints
Objective:

Speed and Conditioning



Equipment and Setup: 4 cones

Technique/Execution:

Shuttle Runs are a great way to work on speed and conditioning.  To set up the exercise you need four cones in the following order: 1st at the start, 2nd at 5 yards, 3rd at 15 yard, and 4th at 25 yards.  All runs will be sprints to each cone and back.



Coaching Cues:
  • Lower hips going into each turn.
  • Plant hard on the outside foot.
  • Turn the inside foot to the run direction.
Assessment:
  • Time it takes to complete the drill.
Increase Challenge:
  • Zipper Drill.
  • Increase number of times through.
  • Add cones.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Utilize fewer cones.
x
20
sec
Sled Push
Objective: Lower body strength

Equipment and Setup: sled

Technique/Execution: Keep arms extended, body long, and drive off the toes through thighs and glutes

Coaching Cues:
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
20
sec
Conditioning
X
1

300 yard shuttle, rest 2 minutes

200 yard shuttle, rest 1 minute

100 yard shuttle, rest 30 seconds

200 yard shuttle, rest 1 minute

300 yard shuttle

 

Perform as many rounds of exercises as possible in 10 minutes (after running)

Sled at 25 yards down and back


Sled Push
Objective: Lower body strength

Equipment and Setup: sled

Technique/Execution: Keep arms extended, body long, and drive off the toes through thighs and glutes

Coaching Cues:
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
Box Jumps
Objective: Lower Body Power

Equipment and Setup: Box (12" to 36") or other object to jump onto.

Technique/Execution: Stand in front of box or a stool.  Set feet shoulder width apart and about 2 feet away from box.  Jump straight up and land on box softly.  Step down to ground/lower box to get back into starting position.  Repeat.

 



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep chest and head up.
  • Swing your arms from back to forward to assist in the jump.
  • Land as softly as possible.
  • Start with smallest box and move up to higher box when comfortable.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Use a higher box.
  • Jump off box with two feet and land softly.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use a lower box.
  • Step Ups on Box
x
15
reps
Burpees
Objective: Total Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Start in square stance.  Squat down low and place hands in front of you on floor.  Kick legs back into a hand plank position.  Jump feet back in, coming into low squat again and then jump up as high as possible.  Repeat for designated number of repetitions.



Coaching Cues:
  • Before attempting a Burpee, athlete should be able to execute a Hand Plank for at least 45 seconds.
  • Keep back straight in hand plank position.
  • Fully extend hips while jumping up.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can achieve proper hand plank position during Burpee.
Increase Challenge:
  • Add a Push-up at the Hand Plank position.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Hand Plank.
x
15
reps
Home or Travel Workout
X
5
Reverse Lunge
Objective: Lower Body Strength

Equipment and Setup:

Body Weight, Dumbbell, or Sandbell



Technique/Execution:

Standing in a square stance with feet directly under hips.  Take a step backward with the right foot and lower your hips so that the left knee bends as low as you can control (up to 90º).  Stand up.  Step backward with the left foot. Hold a sandbell or a dumbbell to increase challenge.



Coaching Cues:
  • Chest and head up.
  • Lunge as far as you can comfortably with your back knee never touching the ground.
  • Knees should travel over toes.
  • Assessment:
    • Athlete executes the exercise with good form.
    Increase Challenge:
    • Increase weight.
    • Reverse Lunge with Overhead Stick.
    Decrease Challenge:

    x
    30
    sec
    Step Ups (on Box or Stool)
    Objective: Lower Body Strength

    Equipment and Setup: Box, Stool, or Bench.  Dumbbell, Sandbell, Medicine Ball, or Core Ball.

    Technique/Execution:

    Stand in front of box or a stool.  Step up onto the top of the platform with your right foot followed by your left foot. Now step back down leading with your right foot and follow with your left foot.  Execute the designated number of step ups with the right foot and then repeat leading with the left foot.



    Coaching Cues:
    • Keep chest and head up.
    • Lead knee should point same direction as foot throughout movement.
    Assessment:
    • The number of steps that can be completed in one minute.
    Increase Challenge:
    • Increase the height of the step.
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Lower height of step.
    • Body weight only.
    x
    30
    sec
    Squats
    Objective: Lower body strength

    Equipment and Setup:

    none



    Technique/Execution: Athlete stands with feet shoulder width apart. Keeping the upper body tall and chin lifted draw the butt back and down with maintaining a strong core and weight in the heels of the foot.

    Coaching Cues:
    Chest tall, hips back, wait back, rigid core, flat back Assessment:
    • Athlete can perform exercise with proper form.
    Increase Challenge:
    • Squats with Dumbbells (pictured)
    • Squat and Reach
    • Overhead Stick Squat
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Forward Lunge
    x
    30
    sec
    Mountain Climbers
    Objective:

    Core and Conditioning



    Equipment and Setup:

    none



    Technique/Execution: Place the hands just outside of the shoulders and lift up onto the toes so that the body is in a straight line from the head to the heels (similar to the push up position).  Lift the right foot off of the ground and bring the knee to the chest.  Place the foot back to the start position and repeat with the left leg.  This movement should be done fast and performed to the desired reps.

     



    Coaching Cues:
    • The core should be what moves the leg.
    • Do not let to foot touch the floor when the knee is to the chest.
    Assessment:
    • Athlete can perform exercise with proper movement.
    Increase Challenge:
    • More repetitions.
    • Slow down the movements.
    • Bring knees across the chest with a twisting motion.
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Fewer repetitions.
    x
    30
    sec
    Push Ups
    Objective: Upper Body Strength

    Equipment and Setup:

    None



    Technique/Execution:

    Athlete lies prone on floor with hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Raise body up off floor by extending arms with body straight.

    Keeping the body straight, lower body to floor by bending arms to 90º. Push body up until arms are extended. Repeat.



    Coaching Cues:
    • Keep core tight.
    • Maintain strong position throughout out exercise.
    • Use full range of motion.
    • Hands should be flat and keep shoulders over hands.
    Assessment:
    • Record number of push-ups in a minute with good form - arms to 90º.
    Increase Challenge:
    • Elevate feet.
    • Wear a weight vest.
    • Perform them with a single leg.
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Perform push-ups with knees bent.
    • Hand Plank - High Hold.
    • Perform push-ups with hands on a bench or a wall. 
    x
    30
    sec
    Hand Plank – Low Hold (moving)
    Objective: Core Strength

    Equipment and Setup: None

    Technique/Execution:

    Get in the top of a push-up position.  Lower yourself until your chest almost touches the ground. Hands should be just a little wider than shoulder width apart.  Keep your feet together and your back and legs straight.  Keep your head in a neutral position and look straight down.  Once you are stable, rock your body from side to side.  Then rock your body front and back.  Then move your body in circles - clockwise and counter-clockwise.  Keep this up for the designated amount of time.



    Coaching Cues:
    • Keep your core tight.
    • Keep your back flat.
    • Do not let your hips sag.
    • Do not raise your hips.
    Assessment:
    • Measure the length of time you are able to hold this position in good form...up to 60 seconds.
    Increase Challenge:
    • Add a weight vest.
    • Change to 3-Point Hold.
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Raise your hips if you get tired.
    • Drop to your knees.
    • Stop rocking and hold the plank in a neutral position.
    x
    30
    sec
    Burpees
    Objective: Total Body Strength

    Equipment and Setup: None

    Technique/Execution:

    Start in square stance.  Squat down low and place hands in front of you on floor.  Kick legs back into a hand plank position.  Jump feet back in, coming into low squat again and then jump up as high as possible.  Repeat for designated number of repetitions.



    Coaching Cues:
    • Before attempting a Burpee, athlete should be able to execute a Hand Plank for at least 45 seconds.
    • Keep back straight in hand plank position.
    • Fully extend hips while jumping up.
    Assessment:
    • Athlete can achieve proper hand plank position during Burpee.
    Increase Challenge:
    • Add a Push-up at the Hand Plank position.
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Hand Plank.
    x
    30
    sec
    Cool Down
    X
    1
    The Cool Down is performed in a stationary position.  Hold each stretch for a longer amount of time.
    Flexibility - Retro Lunge
    Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

    Equipment and Setup: None

    Technique/Execution: Take a small step backwards with the left foot and straighten the right leg while pointing the right toes up.  Reach down with both hands and touch the right toes.  Hold this position for 2 seconds and then stand up and take a small step backwards with the right leg.  Reach down to the left toes which should be pointed up.  Repeat.

    Coaching Cues:
    • Hold the reach for 2 seconds.
    • Make sure to keep the forward leg straight and the back knee slightly bent.
    • You can reach outside the foot to get a deeper stretch.
    Assessment:

    • Athlete can touch their toes with both hands.
    Increase Challenge:
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Athlete reaches as low as comfortable.
    x
    6
    reps
    Flexibility - Quad Stretch
    Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

    Equipment and Setup: None

    Technique/Execution: Athlete will take a step forward with the left foot and raise their heel of their right foot towards their butt.  Grab the right foot with the right hand at the top of the laces.  Athlete will then bend forward and pull the foot towards the butt while reaching straight out with the left hand.  Hold for 2 seconds, release foot, and step forward onto that foot.  Repeat with the left foot being grabbed.  Continue for the designated length or number of reps.

    Coaching Cues:
    • Make sure athlete is balanced throughout the stretch.
    • Pause for 2 seconds to get the proper stretch.
    Assessment:

    • Athlete can perform the stretch and hold without losing balance for at least 2 seconds.
    Increase Challenge:
    Decrease Challenge:
    x
    6
    reps
    Flexibility - Knee Hugs
    Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

    Equipment and Setup: None

    Technique/Execution: Athlete will raise one knee to waist height and grab the area just below the knee with both hands.  Pull the knee up and in towards your chest while rising onto the toe of the foot still on the ground.  Hold for 2 seconds and then release knee and step forward onto that foot.  Bring the other knee up to waist height, grab that knee with both hands, and pull that knee up and in towards your chest.  Hold for 2 seconds.  Continue repeating the process for the designated length or number of reps.

    Coaching Cues:
    • Grab leg just below the knee.
    • Rise onto the toe of the foot still on the ground.
    • Pause for 2 seconds to get the proper stretch.
    Assessment:

    • Athlete can perform the stretch and hold without losing balance for at least 2 seconds.
    Increase Challenge:
    Decrease Challenge:
    x
    6
    reps
    Knee Machine (Hula)
    Objective: Lower Body Strength and Mobility

    Equipment and Setup: Dumbbell, Sandbell, or Medicine Ball

    Technique/Execution: Standing in a squared stance, shift weight to the right side as if to sit down on a chair directly to your right.  Simultaneously turn shoulders and trunk to the left rotating to the opposite direction of the wt. shift keeping the left knee straight and the left foot flat on the ground.  Finish by reaching to a spot waist high directly to your left.  Come back to the start position and repeat to the opposite side.

    Coaching Cues:
    • Chest and head up.
    • Sit from your hips.
    • Toes down.
    Assessment:

    • Athlete can execute with proper form.
    Increase Challenge:
    • As balance and control improve, emphasize range of motion by sitting down and reaching as far as possible.
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Use body weight only.
    x
    6
    reps
    Shoulder Punches - Square Stance (loaded)
    Objective: Upper Body Strength and Mobility

    Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells or Sandbells

    Technique/Execution:

    Athlete will start by standing in a squared stance with both elbows flexed and situated to the side.  Punch to the right side with your left arm (turn right as you punch) and at the same time shift your weight to the right side.  Reach out to the side as far as you can.  Repeat with right arm.



    Coaching Cues:
    • Allow the lower body to react to the punches.
    • Always return to the start position.
    Assessment:

    • Athlete can execute using proper form.
    Increase Challenge:
    • Perform while moving laterally.
    Decrease Challenge:
    •  Body weight only.
    x
    6
    reps
    Flexibility - Arm Swings
    Objective:

    Mobility



    Equipment and Setup:

    Body Weight, Light Dumbbells or Sandbells



    Technique/Execution:

    Stand in a square stance. Swing your arms across your body in multiple ways (see video).



    Coaching Cues:
    • Rotate your trunk.
    • Reach high with the lead arm.
    Assessment:

    • Athlete can execute the exercise with good form.

    Increase Challenge:

    Decrease Challenge:

    x
    6
    reps