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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 in multiple ways (see video).



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

Increase Challenge:

Decrease Challenge:

x
10
reps
Squat Posterior Reach
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup:

Body weight only or a pair of light Dumbbells or Sandbells



Technique/Execution:

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

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



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

Equipment and Setup: Sandbells or Dumbbells

Technique/Execution:

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

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



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

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbell, Sandbell, or Medicine Ball

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

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

Equipment and Setup:

Dumbbell or Sandbell.



Technique/Execution:

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



Coaching Cues:
  • Focus on sitting your hips back.
  • Athlete does not bend at waist.
  • Keeping your chest up.
  • Control the weight at all times.
  • Keep your head up and lock your eyes on a single point to help maintain balance.
Assessment:
  • Knee travels over toes.
  • Head and chest stay up.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase the weight.
  • Reach to floor.
  • Butt Burner (4-way).
Decrease Challenge:
  • Bodyweight only.
x
10
reps
Prep
X
3
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
10
reps
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
20
reps
Vertical Jump - Continuous
Objective: Lower Body Power

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Stand with your feet directly under your hips.  Drop into a squatting position as your hands reach behind your back. Jump as high as you can while bringing your hands above your head.  Land softly and immediately repeat the jump.



Coaching Cues:
  • Make sure to use arms when you jump, throw both arms forward and up for upward momentum.
  • Make sure feet are hip width apart.
  • Land on balls of feet, knees do not bend beyond 90º.
Assessment:
  • Jump for height using the Just Jump or Vertec and record the best jump of five trials.
  • Arms travel behind hips as athlete lowers body.
  • Arms rise above head as they jump in the air.
Increase Challenge:
  • Broad Jump and Stick
Decrease Challenge:
  • Vertical Jump and Stick
x
30
reps
3-Way Stop and Go
Objective: Speed, Agility, and Quickness

Equipment and Setup:

Set up 2 cones 5-10 yards apart or 3 cones equally spaced per diagram below:

 



Technique/Execution:

The 3-Way Stop and Go is a series of precise runs that focus on exact footwork, change of direction, loading and unloading.

  • Sprint stop right, backpedal stop right.
  • Sprint stop left, backpedal stop left.
  • Shuffle in both directions.
  • Sprint, closed pivot right foot forward, backpedal, open pivot right foot back.
  • Sprint, closed pivot left foot forward backpedal, open pivot left foot back.


Coaching Cues:
  • In the beginning, pause at the top and the bottom of each run.
  • As you get stronger, increase speed.
  • Focus on change of direction.
Assessment:
  • Is athlete able to execute the exercise under control and with the proper foot pattern?
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase speed of drill.
  • Increase depth of deceleration.
  • Magic Cone.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Slow down the speed of the runs.
x
3
reps
Strength
X
4

15 seconds between exercises

1 minute between rounds

dB Dead Lift
Objective: Lower Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells, Sandbells, or Medicine Ball

Technique/Execution:

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



Coaching Cues:
  • Keep head facing forward and back straight.
  • Keep chest high and arms straight to sides with feet flat on floor.
  • Sit back with weight on the heels of your feet.
  • Knees should point same direction as feet throughout movement.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute the exercise with good form.
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight.
  • Deadlift with Barbell.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease weight.
x
60
sec
dB Chest Press (Incline)
Objective: Upper Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells and a bench

Technique/Execution:

When performing incline chest press place the bench at a 45º angle. Athlete will sit on bench while keeping feet flat on the floor.  Position the dumbbells to the side of your chest.  Press the dumbbells up directly above each shoulder.  Lower the weight back to starting position.  Repeat.

 



Coaching Cues:
  • Abs tight.
  • Feet flat on the floor.  
  • Control the weight at all times and use full range of motion.
Assessment:
  • Do 10 repetition maximum ("RM") and record weight.
Increase Challenge:
  • Add weight.
  • Change tempos.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Use lighter weights.
  • Change tempos.
x
60
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
60
sec
Reverse Fly
Objective:

Upper Body Strength



Equipment and Setup:

Pair of dumbbells or sandbells.



Technique/Execution:

Begin exercise with upper-body bent over (back flat, knees bent, and arms hanging straight down perpendicular to the ground).  Perform exercise by lifting arms straight up out to the side with thumbs pointing up.  Squeeze your shoulder blades together and keep your arms straight throughout the motion, hold for a two count.  Return to start and repeat.



Coaching Cues:

  • Keep the back flat.
  • Control the weight.
  • Try to squeeze your shoulder blades together to get the best results from this exercise.

 

Assessment:
  • Weight should be at shoulder level and athlete should be able to pause for 2-3 seconds.

Increase Challenge:
  • Tempo/Holds
  • Heavier weight.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Lighter or no weight.
  • Bent over rows.
x
60
sec
Fitness
X
3
Shuffle Shuffle Sprint
Objective: Conditioning, Agility, Quickness

Equipment and Setup: 4 cones

Technique/Execution:

Shuffle Shuffle Sprint works on conditioning, lateral movement and quickness.  To set up the exercise you need 4 cones set up in pairs 25 yards apart.  The cones in each pair should be 5 yards apart.  Athlete will shuffle forward and back in the first pair of cones and then sprint to the far end of the next set of cones.  There they will repeat the shuffle forward and back before sprinting back to the first set of cones.  Repeat for designated number of sets.



Coaching Cues:
  • Lower hips for the shuffle.
  • Accelerate quickly out of the shuffle into the sprint. 
  • Do not cross feet or click feet together during shuffles.
Assessment:
  • Complete Shuffle, Shuffle, Sprint twice for time.
Increase Challenge:
  • Carioca instead of Shuffles.
  • Increase number of times through.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease number of times through.
  • Decrease distance between cones.
x
40
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
40
sec
Burpees
Objective: Total Body Strength

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

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



Coaching Cues:
  • Before attempting a Burpee, athlete should be able to execute a Hand Plank for at least 45 seconds.
  • Keep back straight in hand plank position.
  • Fully extend hips while jumping up.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can achieve proper hand plank position during Burpee.
Increase Challenge:
  • Add a Push-up at the Hand Plank position.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Hand Plank.
x
40
sec
dB Push Press
Objective:

Upper Body Strength and Lower Body Power



Equipment and Setup:

Sandbells or Dumbbells



Technique/Execution:

Stand in a square stance with a dumbbell in each hand at shoulder height. Slightly bend knees and hips and quickly straighten them (dip and drive). Press dumbbell directly over shoulders until arms are extended. Bring weights back to shoulder height. Repeat. The upward movement is explosive, generating the initial force from the lower body.



Coaching Cues:
  • Abs tight.
  • Athletic stance (knees slightly bent).
  • Control the weight at all times.
  • Use full range of motion.
  • Use a weight that is comfortable for the athlete.
Assessment:
  • Athlete can execute the exercise with good form.   
Increase Challenge:
  • Increase weight.
Decrease Challenge:
  • Decrease weight.
x
40
sec
Conditioning
X
1

Run 2 miles

Bike 2 miles

Row 2 miles

Rest 2 minutes between each

Home or Travel Workout
X
5

Rest 15 seconds between exercises

Rest 1 minute between rounds

Vertical Jump - Continuous
Objective: Lower Body Power

Equipment and Setup: None

Technique/Execution:

Stand with your feet directly under your hips.  Drop into a squatting position as your hands reach behind your back. Jump as high as you can while bringing your hands above your head.  Land softly and immediately repeat the jump.



Coaching Cues:
  • Make sure to use arms when you jump, throw both arms forward and up for upward momentum.
  • Make sure feet are hip width apart.
  • Land on balls of feet, knees do not bend beyond 90º.
Assessment:
  • Jump for height using the Just Jump or Vertec and record the best jump of five trials.
  • Arms travel behind hips as athlete lowers body.
  • Arms rise above head as they jump in the air.
Increase Challenge:
  • Broad Jump and Stick
Decrease Challenge:
  • Vertical Jump and Stick
x
30
sec
Mountain Climbers
Objective:

Core and Conditioning



Equipment and Setup:

none



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

 



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

Equipment and Setup:

None



Technique/Execution:

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

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



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

Equipment and Setup:

Body Weight, Dumbbell, or Sandbell



Technique/Execution:

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



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

    x
    30
    sec
    Burpees
    Objective: Total Body Strength

    Equipment and Setup: None

    Technique/Execution:

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



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

    Equipment and Setup: None

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

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

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

    Equipment and Setup: None

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

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

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

    Equipment and Setup: None

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

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

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

    Equipment and Setup: Dumbbell, Sandbell, or Medicine Ball

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

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

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

    Equipment and Setup: Dumbbells or Sandbells

    Technique/Execution:

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



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

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

    Mobility



    Equipment and Setup:

    Body Weight, Light Dumbbells or Sandbells



    Technique/Execution:

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



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

    • Athlete can execute the exercise with good form.

    Increase Challenge:

    Decrease Challenge:

    x
    6
    reps