Being able to run fast is important in soccer, basketball and for most sports.
Being able to accelerate quick is more important.
The first athlete to get to the ball is going to win the ball. It doesn’t matter if they don’t have the top speed of another player.
The athlete who can create distance between her opponent is going to get open more often.
That opening is created not by top speed, but by acceleration.
I see very few teams practicing accelerating. I see them run for distance. I see them run fast. But I don’t see drills being done for accelerating. This is a mistake.
Accelerating is a concept that has to be taught and trained. The best athletes do it naturally. If you want to be successful or if you want your kid to be successful then it’s time to get out and do some acceleration drills.
Acceleration Drills for Youth Sports
Here are ten drills for teaching kids to accelerate quickly. Do a few of them every day or every other day. Do not over do them. For acceleration, quality is better than quantity.
1. Forty yard runs. Number one you jog easy to the 30 yard line then sprint to the 40. Number two, easy jog to the 20 yard line then sprint to the 40. Number three, easy jog to the ten and then sprint to the 40.
2. Prone sprints. Start from a prone position. On the command, bring your feet up and sprint as fast as possible for ten to twenty yards.
3. Sit-up sprints. Start on your back. On the command, explode up with a situp and start sprinting.
4. Jog backwards, sprint to where you started. Be sure to turn in both directions.
5. Pass the ball and sprint to a cone.
6. Run in place, drop and sprint. Add a push-up to make it more difficult.
7. Stationary sprint against a wall or bench. Then sprint in the other direction. This can also work on good running form.
8. Jog backwards ten yards, turn and sprint another 20.
9. Accelerate on the whistle. Jog with the team. One first whistle, every one sprints as fast as possible. On second whistle, they go back to the jog. This is a great cardiovascular developer as well.
10. Accelerate against resistance. Wrap a towel around the waist of the sprinter A. Sprinter B holds the towel with both hands as sprinter A runs against the towel. After five seconds, release one end of the towel and have sprinter A accelerate five to ten yards.
As you can see there are many ways that acceleration can be taught and developed. Do one or two drills a few times a week. Teach the concept of accelerating and watch how much quicker your team is.
Coach Ron Usher believes every child should be an athlete. He helps coaches, parents and teachers bring out the athlete in every child. To find out how you can have your child or team be a better athlete, go to http://www.athleticskillsforsoccer.com.