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Training Zone   Daily Session
General Conditioning Travel
General Warmup
X
1
Complete each exercise for 15 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 - Butt Kickers
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will run forward and bring their heel up to strike their butt with each stride.



Coaching Cues:
  • Traveling forward in running form, heel touches butt with each stride.
  • Elbows at right angles (L).
  • Hands will move from temple to hip.
Assessment:
  • Athlete exhibits the flexibility required to bring heel to butt with both sides.
Increase Challenge:
  • Warm Up - Thigh Kickers.
  • Increase speed of execution.
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
Warm Up - High Knees
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will run forward and bring their knee up to the level of their waist with every stride. Try to keep the strides consistent.



Coaching Cues:
  • Traveling forward in the running form, knee comes up to waist level with every stride.
  • Elbows at right angles (L).
  • Hands will move from temple to hip.
  • Try not to break stride.
Assessment:
  • Athlete exhibits the flexibility required to bring knee up to waist on both sides.
  • Athlete is able to execute the coordination of this exercise over 40 meters.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase speed of execution.
  • Perform high knees with every third step.
Decrease Challenge:
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 - Inside Touch (every 3rd step)
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will run forward and bring their foot up to thigh height.  Tap the inside of the foot with opposite hand. Alternate feet every three steps.



Coaching Cues:
  • Stand up straight and bring foot up to thigh rather than hand down to foot.
  • Try to keep in stride.
Assessment:
Athlete can execute skill with 5 taps right hand and 5 taps left hand while maintaining same speed. Increase Challenge:
  • Alternate with outside foot taps.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Perform exercise while walking.
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Outside Foot Touch (3-step)
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will run forward and raise their foot to the side and bring their foot to their hand.  Tap the outside of the foot with same side hand. Alternate feet every three steps.



Coaching Cues:
  • Stand up straight and bring foot up to knee height rather than hand down to foot.
  • Try to keep in stride.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute skill with 5 taps right hand and 5 taps left hand while maintaining same speed.
Increase Challenge:
  • Combine with Inside Foot Tap.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Perform exercise while walking.
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.



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
Jump Rope - 2-Footed
Objective: Agility

Equipment and Setup: Jump Rope

Technique/Execution: Jump 1 to 2 inches off floor giving rope just enough space to slip under feet.  Only the balls of feet should touch the floor.  Keep elbows close to sides as you turn the rope. The movement comes from the wrists and forearms, not the shoulders.  Jump up with two feet and land with two feet.  

Coaching Cues:
  • Stay light on your feet.
  • Land and jump off the balls of your feet.
  • Keep your hands loose and fluid.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can jump consistently and perform the required number of jumps.
Increase Challenge:
  • Jump Rope - 1-Footed
Decrease Challenge:
  • Jump without the rope and mimic the movements.  Work up to using the rope full time.
x
100
reps
Speed Training - Wall Drives
Objective: Speed

Equipment and Setup:

None



Technique/Execution:

Athlete stands two to four feet from wall.  Lean forward and put hands on wall at shoulder height with elbows slightly bent.  Athlete brings right knee up, toe up, heel up.  On command, athlete switches legs and brings left knee up as quickly as possible. This will repeat as athlete runs in place for designated number of repetitions.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep back straight in line with hips (do not stick butt out).
  • Move feet as quickly as possible through full range of motion.
Assessment:
  • Athlete executes exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
50
reps
Sit-ups with Partner
Objective: Core Strength

Equipment and Setup: None but you need a partner.

Technique/Execution:

Have athletes pair up and sit across from a partner with their feet touching each other’s.  The partners will lie back together and then sit up together.  At the top of the sit-up, the partners should give each other a "high-five". They can start with their right hand, alternate with their left hand, or clap both hands together.  Repeat for desired number of repetitions.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep your core tight.
  • Partners need to keep their feet together.
  • Communicate with each other such as "up" and "down".
Assessment:
  • Athletes are able to perform the partner sit in synch at least 10 times.
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
  • Individual sit-up.
x
20
reps
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
15
reps
Bucket #1
X
4
Medicine Ball - Slams (2-way Square Stance)
Objective: Full Body Strength and Core Strength

Equipment and Setup: Medicine Ball

Technique/Execution: Start with feet shoulder-width apart with a medicine ball held over your head with both hands. Jump up and bring your arms down the front of your body towards your hips.  Explosively throw the medicine ball directly down into the floor and to the outside of your right foot.  Bring the ball back over your head and repeat the exercise to the outside of your left foot.



Coaching Cues:
  • Release the ball once your arms are almost completely lowered.
  • Finish in a squatted position and catch the ball as it bounces up towards you.
  • As you throw the ball down, make sure you are keeping your abdominal muscles braced.
  • If using a bouncy medicine ball, make sure that you have ample space for safety.  if you are using a non-bouncy medicine ball (a "dead" ball) make sure you are on a solid, stable floor that can support the force of the weight being thrown explosively into the floor.
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
  • Use a heavier ball.
  • Perform exercise in a split stance or on a single leg.
  • 3-way Slam.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use a lighter ball.
  • 1-way Slam.
x
15
reps
Medicine Ball - Chest Pass
Objective:

Upper Body Strength



Equipment and Setup:

Medicine ball and a partner or wall.



Technique/Execution: Begin facing your partner while holding the medicine ball at your chest with both hands.  Toss the ball to your partner by pushing the ball straight out from your chest.  Your partner will receive the medicine ball with both hands at chest height and toss it back using the same motion.  If you do not have a partner, you can toss the ball against a wall and catch it.



Coaching Cues:
  • Stay in athletic position with the knees slightly bent and hips back.
  • Perform this exercise with power and speed.
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
  • Heavier ball.
  • Split stance.
  • Single leg.
  • Step and Chest Pass.
  • Broad Jump and Chest Pass.

Decrease Challenge:
  • Use a lighter ball.
x
30
reps
Blast Offs
Objective: Lower Body Strength and Power

Equipment and Setup: Box, Stool, or Bench.

Technique/Execution:

With left foot on a box and right foot on the ground the athlete should set their arms in a running position with right arm forward.  The athlete will drive the right knee up and bring the left arm forward.  There will be a small hop with the left foot.  When the athlete returns their right foot to the ground, they will lightly touch the ground with the right foot and repeat the drive upwards.  Continue with designated number of repetitions and then switch feet so the right foot is on the box.



Coaching Cues:
  • The exercise is performed repeatedly with moderate to high speed.
  • Hands should move from temple to pocket.
  • Keep eyes up.

Assessment:
  • Athlete is able to execute the exercise without collapsing either knee.
  • Arms should move from shoulder (temple to pocket).
  • Athlete can maintain a head position that is straight and steady.
Increase Challenge:
  • Hop higher.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Step downs.
  • Step ups.
  • Knee drives.
  • Butt burner with hop.
x
8
reps
Lateral Lunge
Objective: Lower Body Strength

Equipment and Setup:

Body Weight, Dumbbell, or Sandbell



Technique/Execution:

Athlete will stand in a square stance with feet directly under hips.  Take a step sideways to the right and perform a side lunge (left leg remains straight with toe pointing straight ahead and bending the right knee).  Return to the start and repeat side lunge with your left leg. Hold a sandbell or a dumbbell to increase challenge.



Coaching Cues:
  • Chest and head up.
  • Drive your hips back as if sitting in a chair.
  • Forward knee should point in the same direction as foot throughout lunge.
Assessment:
  • Athlete executes the exercise with good form.

Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight.
  • Lateral Lunge with Stick.
Decrease Challenge:
  •  Forward Lunge.
x
8
reps
Bucket #2
X
4
Pile Driver
Objective: Lower Body Strength and Power

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbell, Sandbell, or Medicine Ball

Technique/Execution:

Start in a squared stance, holding a dumbbell with both hands.  Squat and drop weight between knees then accelerate it straight up and forward in front of your head.  Bring weight back down between knees and repeat for designated number of repetitions.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep head facing forward, back straight, chest high, arms straight, and feet flat on floor.
  • Equal distribution of weight through forefoot and heel.
Assessment:
  • Athlete executes the exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease weight.
x
16
reps
Golf Squat
Objective: Lower Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbell, Sandbell, or Medicine Ball 

Technique/Execution: Start in a squared stance, holding a dumbbell with both hands.  Squat and drop weight between knees then accelerate it upwards as if to throw it over your right shoulder.  Make sure hips rotate to right.  Bring weight back down towards center and between knees.  Accelerate back up throwing weight over left shoulder.  Continue for designated number of repetitions.

Coaching Cues:
  • Keep head facing forward, back straight, chest high, arms straight, and feet flat on floor.
  • Equal distribution of weight through forefoot and heel.
  • Rotate through the hips.
  • Knees should point same direction as feet throughout movement.
Assessment:
  • Athlete executes the exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease weight.
x
16
reps
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
    16
    reps
    Lawnmower
    Objective: Upper Body Strength

    Equipment and Setup:

    Dumbbells, kettle bells, sandbells, resistance bands or core ball.



    Technique/Execution:

    Standing in a split stance with the left leg forward and weight in right hand.  Pull the weight up and back as far up as you can (like starting a lawnmower).  Repeat with the opposite side.  The exercise is performed at moderate speed.



    Coaching Cues:
    • Keep your abs tight and your back straight.
    • Lead with the elbow.
    • Keep weight close to body (outside the ribcage).
    Assessment:
    • Can execute exercise with proper form.
    Increase Challenge:
    • Increase weight.
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Use lighter weight.
    x
    16
    reps
    120's
    X
    15
    Set up 2 cones 40 yards apart. Sprint 3 lengths as fast as possible. Rest :20 after each
    Tabata
    X
    10
    Follow each :20 exercise with a :10 rest while transitioning to the next exercise. Complete 10 cycles.
    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
    20
    sec
    Sit-ups with Partner
    Objective: Core Strength

    Equipment and Setup: None but you need a partner.

    Technique/Execution:

    Have athletes pair up and sit across from a partner with their feet touching each other’s.  The partners will lie back together and then sit up together.  At the top of the sit-up, the partners should give each other a "high-five". They can start with their right hand, alternate with their left hand, or clap both hands together.  Repeat for desired number of repetitions.



    Coaching Cues:
    • Keep your core tight.
    • Partners need to keep their feet together.
    • Communicate with each other such as "up" and "down".
    Assessment:
    • Athletes are able to perform the partner sit in synch at least 10 times.
    Increase Challenge:
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Individual sit-up.
    x
    20
    sec
    Skater Hops
    Objective: Lower Body Power

    Equipment and Setup: None

    Technique/Execution:

    Standing on your left leg, leap laterally to your right leg and then leap back to the left. Swing arms across body with each leap.  Keep your body low to the ground with your knees bent.  This should be done continuously for designated number of repetitions or time.



    Coaching Cues:
    • Land softly.
    • Stay low to the ground.
    • Swing both arms to the direction you are leaping.
    Assessment:
    • Athlete can execute the leap with good form flexing the ankle, knee, and hip.
    Increase Challenge:
    • Traveling Skater Hops.
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Lateral Broad Jump.
    • Single Leg Hop in place.
    x
    20
    sec
    Speed Training - Power Skips to Sprint Return
    Objective: Speed and Lower Body Power

    Equipment and Setup: None

    Technique/Execution:

    Assume a relaxed upright stance.  Lead into the skipping by jogging first.  Perform power skipping by using a short skipping step and then with the opposite leg, thrusting the knee and toe up.  Try and get as much height and power as possible, after each short step.  At end of skipping, sprint to return.



    Coaching Cues:
    • Drive the knee up hard and fast and concentrate on lift and hang time in the air as much as possible.
    • Minimize the ground contact time.
    Assessment:
    Increase Challenge:
    Decrease Challenge:
    x
    20
    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.



    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