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Training Zone   Daily Session
General Conditioning Travel
General Warmup
X
1
Execute each exercise for 20 yards and then jog back to start.  Repeat any lateral movements (ie; side shuffles, carioca, etc.) and face opposite direction.  Begin every warm-up with an easy jog down and back
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 - Closed Hips to Shuffle
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Make big circles with the hips (close hip), bend the knee as you make the circle, when the foot makes contact with the ground, do a 2 step shuffle, then repeat with the opposite side.



Coaching Cues:
  • Start slowly as this takes some coordination.
  • Pattern of movement is front foot, back foot, front foot, switch.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can bring knee above waist height and land front foot beyond the opposite hip.
  • Athlete can execute the correct movement pattern.
Increase Challenge:
  • Use a straight leg with the leg making the circle motion.
  • Increase rotational speed.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Forward shuffle.
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Open Hips to Shuffle
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Make big circles with the hips (open hip) bending the knee as you make the circle.  When the foot makes contact with the ground outside of the hip, do a 2 step shuffle, then repeat with the opposite side.



Coaching Cues:
  • Start slowly as this takes some coordination.
  • Pattern of movement is front foot, back foot, front foot, switch.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can bring knee above waist height and land front foot outside the hip.
  • Athlete can execute the correct movement pattern.
Increase Challenge:
  • Use a straight leg with the leg making the circle motion.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Gallop.
  • Forward Shuffle.
  • Alternating Gallop.
x
1
reps
Warm Up - Open Hips to Backward Shuffle
Objective: Warm Up

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Face away from the direction of movement.  Make big circles with the hips (open hip), bend the knee as you make the circle, when the foot makes contact with the ground, do a 2 step shuffle backwards, then repeat with the opposite side.



Coaching Cues:
  • Start slowly as this takes some coordination.
  • Pattern of movement is front foot, back foot, front foot, switch.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can bring knee above waist height and land front foot outside the hip.
  • Athlete can execute the correct movement pattern.
Increase Challenge:
  • Use a straight leg with the leg making the circle motion.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Backward Shuffles.
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 (every 3rd step)
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 third stride. This means they will alternate the high knee with each leg.  Try to keep the strides consistent.



Coaching Cues:
  • Traveling forward in the running form, knee comes up to waist level with every third 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.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Perform high knees with every step.
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

Various Ladder Drills

Captain Infinity - Square Stance
Objective:

Strength - Full Body



Equipment and Setup:

Technique/Execution:

Coaching Cues:
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
x
24
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
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
Bucket 1
X
3
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
dB High Pull
Objective: Total Body Power and Total Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells or Sandbells

Technique/Execution:

Start in a squared stance, holding a dumbbell in one hand.  Squat and drop weight between knees then jump straight up and bring weight under the armpit of the hand you are using.  Lower weight back down between knees and repeat for designated number of repetitions.  Switch hands are repeat.



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.
  • Lead with your elbow in the pull.
  • Keep dumbbell close to your body.
Assessment:
  • Good squat form on the descent.
  • Weight should travel close to the body.
  • Develop rhythm so that jump (extension of ankle, knee, hip) and shrug occurs at the same time.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight.
  • Use two Dumbbells.
  • Use a Barbell.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease weight.
x
30
sec
Medicine Ball - X-chop
Objective: Full Body Strength and Core Strength

Equipment and Setup: Medicine Ball

Technique/Execution: Start in athletic stance with the knees slightly bent and hips back.  Keep both hands on the medicine ball, arms straight (elbows slightly bent).  The hands start at head height and bring the medicine ball up to your left shoulder.  Accelerate the medicine ball down and across the body.  Decelerate the ball at the low end and accelerate the medicine ball back up to the starting position.  Repeat pattern back and forth for the desired reps then switch sides.


Coaching Cues:
  • Imagine you're chopping some wood at this angle and the ball is your axe.
  • Focus the on the rotation initiating in your torso.
  • Control the ball throughout the movement.  Remember you are moving with force, but control. Do not give into the momentum of swinging the ball around. 
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
  • Use a heavier ball.
  • Perform exercise in a split stance or on a single leg.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use a lighter ball or no ball at all.
x
30
sec
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
30
sec
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
Fitness
X
1

Build Up Run at 25 yards down and back with 15 Slams between runs

Sprint 1 lap, slam, Sprint 2 laps, slams, Sprint 3 laps, up to Sprint 5 laps

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
15
reps
Bucket 2
X
3

Traveling movements at 15 yards down and back

TRX - Leg Curls
Objective:

Core Strength, Lower Body Strength



Equipment and Setup: TRX hanging from rack 7-9 ft tall or suspended from wall or door.

Technique/Execution:

·       Lay down on your back and place your heels in foot cradle.  With legs straight, lift hips off the floor.  To begin exercise, bend knees to bring heels to glutes.  Straighten legs back to start position.  This completes one repetition.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep glutes and abs tight during the lift.
  • Use arms to help brace your body.
  • Breath throughout the movement.
Assessment:
Increase Challenge:
  • Move further from the anchor point
  • Alternating legs
  • Add weight vest or change tempo
Decrease Challenge:
  • Move closer to the anchor point
  • TRX Hip Lifts
x
15
reps
Pick up and Punch (2-way)
Objective: Upper Body Strength and Mobility

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells or Sandbells

Technique/Execution:

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.  Shift weight to right leg and punch across body with your left hand.  Repeat for designated number of repetitions and then switch feet and hands.



Coaching Cues:
  • Shift weight from front to back.
  • Punch across the body.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease weight.
x
8
reps
Sumo Walk and Curl
Objective:

Upper Body Strength and Lower Body Strength



Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells, kettle bells, sandbells, or resistance bands.

Technique/Execution:

Sumo walk is described as a quarter squat or lower holding the position and traveling sideways. Athlete will reach out as far as he/she can with the left leg, shift the weight to the left, then bring the right leg next to the left and repeat.  The athlete performs a bicep curl with sand bells or dumbbells as they are sumo walking.



Coaching Cues:
  • Abs tight.
  • Maintain strong athletic position throughout out exercise and use full range of motion.
  • Do not cross feet in front of each other.
  • Do not rush the movement.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can perform the upper body exercise coordinated with each lateral step.

Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight
  • Add resistance band to ankles.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease weight.
x
1
reps
Bear Crawl - Lateral
Objective: Core Strength and Full Body

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Get down on your hands and knees.  Lift your knees off the ground so that you are supported by your hands and feet in a crawling position.  You will move sideways by alternating your hands and your legs.  As you crawl sideways, do not cross your hands or feet over each other.  Bring your hand to your hand and your foot to your foot.  Your weight should be evenly distributed.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep your core tight.
  • Keep your back flat.
  • Keep your butt low.
  • Be deliberate in your movement.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute the bear crawl without rounding the back and using the proper hand and foot pattern.
Increase Challenge:
Decrease Challenge:
  • Backward Bear Crawl.
  • Forward Bear Crawl.
x
1
reps
Conditioning
X
1
Run 3-5 miles

30 second Burpees
30 second Recovery
30 second Sprint
30 second Recovery
*Repeat 8x
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
Home or Travel Workout
X
5

Rest 15 seconds between exercises

Rest 1 minute between rounds

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
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
Tricep Extension on Bench
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup:

Dumbbells, Sandbells, and a Bench.



Technique/Execution:

Lie on bench and position dumbbells overhead with arms straight. Lower dumbbells by bending elbow until they are next to your ears. Extend arms. Repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Feet flat on the floor
  • Don't bounce at bottom of movement.
  • Elbows stay directly above shoulders.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute the exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight.
  • Use an EZ Curlbar.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease weight.
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
Scissor Jumps
Objective: Lower Body Power

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Stand in a split stance with knees lightly flexed.  Dip down and jump straight up. Switch lead leg in the air.  Land softly.  Repeat.



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep back straight and chest upright.
  • Look forward.
  • Avoid back knee hitting ground.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Add a weight vest.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Split Squats (no jumps/switches).
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.



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