3 Quick Thoughts on Agility
Movement skills are essential for players at every position in the game. As a defensive back, I rely on my agility and change-of-direction skills to chase down shifty running backs in space and cover blazing fast receivers all over the field.
Agility ladder drills are my favourite, hands down. I’ve used ladders and cones in my workouts for over 15 years to develop my speed, coordination, balance, and explosiveness.
A quick YouTube or Instagram search will return countless drills for developing quickness and stop-on-a-dime cuts. So how can you separate the helpful from the hype?
Try not to get caught up in the idea that you need to do something highly complicated to get the high-level results you need.
22’s Tip: “WHAT you do does not matter as much as HOW you actually do it.”
Regardless of which drills you are working, Focus On The Techniques & Fundamentals!
Here are 3 Tips that I keep in mind whenever working on my feet:
- Bend Your Knees
Begin every drill in an athletic stance, just as you would if you were getting lined up to play. Start with your knees bent and your head up. The goal is to maintain that same knee bend and posture all the way through to the end of the drill. Think “Compact & Comfortable”.
- Slow is Smooth & Smooth is Fast
Do not rush! Give your brain a chance to learn the footwork patterns of the drill at a controlled tempo. This will go a long way in developing the coordination and muscle memory needed to take the drills to the game. Start slow.
Naturally, every lower body movement is counterbalanced with movement in your upper body. However, when people are focussed on their feet they have a tendency to tighten up their upper body. If you want to move your feet quickly, your arms will have to keep up. Do your best to relax and be natural. Shake it out, drop your shoulders and pump your arms.
Work on these 3 things during your next workout or practice.
Do you have any agility tips? Leave your coaching points in the comments below.