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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 designated length.
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 with continual movement.  Hold each movement until you feel the stretch.
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
1
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
1
reps
Flexibility - Figure 4's
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 in front of their left thigh.  Grab the right foot with the left hand and cradle the right knee with the right forearm.  Once in that figure 4 position, pull the right leg up and hold for 2 seconds.  Release the leg 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
1
reps
Flexibility - Lateral Lunge with Weight Shift
Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution: Athlete will face 90º towards the direction of movement.  Lunge to the right landing on heel then forefoot. Lower body by flexing knee and hip of right leg, keeping knee pointed same direction of foot. Reach forward with left hand to right foot and then backward with the right hand to the left foot.  Come up to neutral position and then make a 180º turn and lunge to the left with the left foot.  Reach forward with the right hand to the left foot and than backward with the left hand to the right foot.  Come up to neutral position, turn, and repeat.  Feet stay flat on ground throughout exercise.

Coaching Cues:
  • Keep back straight and head up during stretch.
  • Pause for 1 second with each reach to get the proper stretch.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute stretch with proper form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Flexibility - Lateral Lunge with Toe Up.
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
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
1
reps
Flexibility - Lunge and Inside Touch
Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution: Athlete will lunge forward with the left foot.  Reach towards the inside of the left foot with both hands and touch the ground.  Come up to neutral position and lunge forward with the right foot.  Reach inside the right foot and try touch the ground with both hands.  Repeat.

Coaching Cues:
  • Hold the reach for 2 seconds.
  • The lunge should be a good and deep lunge.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute stretch with proper form.
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
  • Reach as low as comfortable without touching the ground.
x
1
reps
Flexibility - Inchworm with Cobra
Objective: Warm Up, Mobility and Flexibility

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will get in a hand plank (high pushup) position. Walk your feet up to your hands as your butt rises in the air - you are in a pike position. When the feet are as close to the hands as possible, walk your hands forward until you are back in a hand plank position.  Drop your hips, arch your back, and lift your head. Repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Move slowly through this stretch.
  • Try to keep hands and feet flat on the ground.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute stretch with proper form.
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
1
reps
Prep
X
3
Shoulder Swings (loaded)
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells, Sandbells or Kettle Bell

Technique/Execution:

Athlete will start by standing in a squared stance.  Squat down and reach back with both arms. Explode up with the legs and let momentum flex both shoulders up.  Decelerate and repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Butt back and bending your knees slightly as you swing the dumbbells.
  • Use your hips and legs to swing the dumbbells up and over your shoulders if you can.
  • Keep a strong back and look forward the whole time.
Assessment:
  • Execute the exercise with proper form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Progress to using a heavier weight.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Perform the exercise with a lighter weight.
x
20
reps
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
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
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
Strength
X
4
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
10
reps
dB Clean and Jerk
Objective: Total Body Power and Total Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells or Sandbells

Technique/Execution: Athlete will squat down with dumbbells near sides of ankles, palms facing together. Position shoulders over dumbbells with back arched tightly. Arms are straight with elbows pointed outward. Pull dumbbells up off floor by extending hips and knees. As dumbbells reach knees vigorously raise shoulders while keeping dumbbells close to thighs. Jump upward extending body. Shrug shoulders and pull dumbbells upward with arms allowing elbows to bend out to sides, keeping dumbbells close to body. Aggressively pull body under dumbbell, rotating elbows around dumbbells. Catch dumbbells on shoulders while moving into squat position. Hitting bottom of squat, stand up immediately. Keeping pressure on heels, dip body by bending knees and ankles slightly. Explosively drive upward with legs, driving dumbbells up off shoulders. Drop body downward and split one foot forward and other backward as fast as possible while vigorously extending arms overhead. The split position places front shin vertical to floor with front foot flat on floor. The rear knee is slightly bent with rear foot positioned on toes. The bar should be positioned directly over ears at arms length with back straight. Push up with both legs. Position feet side by side by bringing front foot back part way and then rear foot forward. Return to start by slowly lowering dumbbells to shoulders. Then bend knees slightly and lower dumbbells to mid-thigh position. Slowly lower dumbbells with taut lower back and trunk close to vertical. Repeat.

Coaching Cues:
  • Keep core tight and back flat.
  • Explode with hips to perform clean keeping dumbbell as close to the body as possible.
  • Dip again and press dumbbell overhead.
  • Do not jerk weight from floor; arise steadily then accelerate. The clean-and-jerk is multi-movement lift. In clean, dumbbells are lifted from floor to shoulders. In jerk, dumbbells are driven from shoulder to arm length overhead. Keep wrist straight during catch and arm extension. Also keep arms close to body during catch.
Assessment:
  • Lose posture/form.
  • Dumbbell swings away from body.
  • Turns into curl and press.
  • Arms do the work.
Increase Challenge:
  • Use heavier weight.
  • Barbell clean.
  • Barbell snatch.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use lighter weight.
  • Dumbbell High pull.
  • Dumbbell Clean.
  • Dumbbell Push Press.
x
10
reps
Pull ups (Neutral Grip, Wide Grip, Alternate Grip)
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Pull Up Bar

Technique/Execution:

Athlete stands on bench or box and grips bar with palms facing away and hands wider than shoulder width apart.  Lower yourself slowly until arms are fully extended.  Pull yourself up until you chin rises above the bar.  Repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Move under control.
  • Do not swing your hips.
  • Fully extend your arms with each repetition.
Assessment:
  • Record maximum number of repetitions athlete can perform.
Increase Challenge:
  • Modify hand position with different grips.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Chin Up.
  • Athlete can also use a band or a spotter to assist.
x
10
reps
RDL
Objective: Power and Lower Body Strength

Equipment and Setup:

 Dumbells, Sandbells, or Barbells.



Technique/Execution:

Athlete will hold 2 dumbbells or a barbell (can be done with body weight). Athlete stands in a square stance. With a slight bend in the knees, athlete leans forward at the waist. As soon as athlete feels a stretch in their hamstrings, they will come back up. Repeat for designated number of repetitions.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep back straight throughout movement.
  • Keep a slight bend in your knees.
  • Lead with your chest, not your head.
  • Assessment:
    • Common Mistakes:
      • Letting the chest cave in and the shoulders hunch forward.
      • Bending the spine forward.
      • Not sticking your bum backward.
      • Shifting your weight onto your toes.
      • Thinking this is an arm exercise, and bending your elbows.
      • Letting the weight swing out in front and away from your center-line.
      • Keeping your legs locked straight.
      • Bending the knees too much during the descent. The knees should be maintained at around 15º of flexion throughout.
      • Allowing the shoulders to round forward or sag and thus the scapula to protract. The chest must be UP at all times and the scapula pinched together.
      • Not using the hips but instead using the lower back.
    Increase Challenge:
    • Increase Weight.
    • RDL - Single Leg
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Decrease weight.
    x
    20
    reps
    Fitness
    X
    3

    15 seconds between exercises

    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
    45
    sec
    Medicine Ball - Slams (1-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.  Bring the ball back over your head and repeat the exercise.


    Coaching Cues:
    • Release the ball once your arms are almost completely lowered.
    • Throw it down onto the floor directly between your feet.
    • 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.
    • 2-way or 3-way Slam.
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Use a lighter ball.
    x
    45
    sec
    Ab Dolly - Pikes
    Objective: Core Strength

    Equipment and Setup: Ab Dolly

    Technique/Execution:

    Get in a high push up position with your feet on the Ab Dolly.  While keeping your arms, your back, and your hips straight, bring your feet towards your hands so that your hips go into the air and you are in a pike position.  Push your legs out straight and then bring your feet in towards your hands again.  Knees and arms should be straight.  Repeat for designated number of reps or time.



    Coaching Cues:
    • Keep your core tight.
    • Hips, back, and head should be in a straight line.
    • Use your core to keep the ab dolly moving in a straight line.
    Assessment:
    •  Athlete is able to execute 10 pikes without Ab Dolly swaying side to side.
    Increase Challenge:
    • Ab Dolly V's.
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Ab Dolly Tucks.
    x
    45
    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
    45
    sec
    Conditioning
    X
    2

    Hill Shuttles:

    Run uphill 1 minute

    Walk to beginning

    Run uphill 45 seconds

    Walk return

    Run uphill 30 seconds

    walk return

    Run uphill 30 seconds

    Walk return

    Run up hill 10 seconds

    Rest 2 minutes and repeat 1 more time

    Home or Travel Workout
    X
    5
    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
    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
    20
    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
    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
    Cool Down
    X
    1
    The Cool Down is performed in a stationary position.  Hold each stretch for a longer amount of time.  This Cool Down includes core exercises.
    Plank (4 point)
    Objective: Core Strength

    Equipment and Setup: None

    Technique/Execution:

    Get in the top of a push-up position and lower your upper body onto your forearms rather than your hands.  Elbows should be directly under your shoulders and your arms at a 90º angle.  Keep your feet together and your back and legs straight.  Keep your head in a neutral position and look straight down.



    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.
    • Move to High Front Bridge.
    • Change to 3-Point Bridge.
    Decrease Challenge:
    • Raise your hips if you get tired.
    • Drop to your knees.
    x
    1
    min
    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
    1
    min
    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
    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
    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
    Objective:

    Equipment and Setup:

    Technique/Execution:

    Coaching Cues:
    Assessment:

    Increase Challenge:
    Decrease Challenge:
    x
    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