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    Teaching speed/quickness

    I know you can't "teach speed" as the saying goes, but my son played center and noseguard this year as a 5th grader, and he would love to play running back, but his speed and quickness aren't quite where they should be for that position. Anyone know some drills he could do in the off season to improve that? His running style is not prototypical, so I'm not sure if it's merely a matter of form when talking about his overall speed. Any help would be appreciated.



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    Re: Teaching speed/quickness

    Genetics.......that is pretty much it. In his case because he's so young, he could develop naturally between now and (whenever).

    There are speed/quickness/explosiveness drills that will help a very small amount, but God given talent or potential is 95% of it.

    Usually the fast kids in college, were the fast kids in HS. The fast kids in HS, were the fast kids in grade school



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    Re: Teaching speed/quickness

    I don't think you can't "teach" speed but I think you can "teach" quickness with things like lifting and drills. However, these only help if you do the drills hard all the time (hip turns and things of the sort).



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    Re: Teaching speed/quickness

    Quote Originally Posted by acgclone View Post
    Genetics.......that is pretty much it. In his case because he's so young, he could develop naturally between now and (whenever).

    There are speed/quickness/explosiveness drills that will help a very small amount, but God given talent or potential is 95% of it.

    Usually the fast kids in college, were the fast kids in HS. The fast kids in HS, were the fast kids in grade school

    I disagree. In elementary and middle school I ran like I had a piano on my back. I played defensive end in 5th grade. I busted my *** in high school track, went to a few different speed training centers and ended up setting school records and placing at State and Drake Relays. It's all about hard work and "fine tuning your system"

    How big is the kid? Height, weight, body fat%? Where do you live? A lot of bigger cities have speed programs. I wouldnt necessarily recommend them for someone that young, instead, I would get him out for the track program. Although most middle school and even high school track programs suck, any type of speed work can help. Since he is so young, I wouldnt recommend weights yet.



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    Re: Teaching speed/quickness

    I agree with CyByAssoc above, but as he gets into middle school and starts preparing for HS:
    - get him into drills that keep him on the balls of his feet (this will help the calf muscles which is good for quickness as well as jumping)
    - do drills for quick hips: medicine balls with situps and pivoting/up downs
    - medicine ball lunges; you can use weight plates too
    - sprinting; rep after rep
    - shuttle drill
    - jumping rope: it's amazing how much this simple thing from grade school can help someone physically
    - run steps

    These are just a few recs. You can find a bunch of advice in magazines and online, but these are pretty cheap ways to improve. There are speed camps which use resistance band training/parachute training, etc. Create things that deal with him holding a football too as it's part of the position ;)


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    Re: Teaching speed/quickness

    Might try working with him Dad.... if you get my drift...




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    Re: Teaching speed/quickness

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    Might try working with him Dad.... if you get my drift...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weez4Cy View Post
    Might try working with him Dad.... if you get my drift...

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    Re: Teaching speed/quickness

    cone drills, quick sprints, any type of leg, ab, lower back work outs,

    somthing really easy is what i call the triple threat
    u start off doing 10 jumping jacks (the number can be different im just using it for reference) and then half jumpin jacks (no arm motion) then lifts, just lift ur self onto ur toes. then when u do 10 of each u go to 9, then 8 all the way down to 1,
    also if u do a smaller number like 5 go all the way down then go back up


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    Re: Teaching speed/quickness

    Running more in general will make him faster. So, lock up the play station and get him outside more.


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    Re: Teaching speed/quickness

    Quote Originally Posted by Cybyassociation View Post
    I disagree. In elementary and middle school I ran like I had a piano on my back. I played defensive end in 5th grade. I busted my *** in high school track, went to a few different speed training centers and ended up setting school records and placing at State and Drake Relays. It's all about hard work and "fine tuning your system"

    How big is the kid? Height, weight, body fat%? Where do you live? A lot of bigger cities have speed programs. I wouldnt necessarily recommend them for someone that young, instead, I would get him out for the track program. Although most middle school and even high school track programs suck, any type of speed work can help. Since he is so young, I wouldnt recommend weights yet.
    He's 5'0, 120lbs. Got a bit of a tummy on him. I love watching him play the line, but of course he wants to run the ball like all the kids do. I don't want to put him through a huge workout plan, but since he wants to do that, I figured I'd see how to go about it. He does come off the ball pretty fast though! (#73)



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    Re: Teaching speed/quickness

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    I know you can't "teach speed" as the saying goes, but my son played center and noseguard this year as a 5th grader, and he would love to play running back, but his speed and quickness aren't quite where they should be for that position. Anyone know some drills he could do in the off season to improve that? His running style is not prototypical, so I'm not sure if it's merely a matter of form when talking about his overall speed. Any help would be appreciated.
    For those that said it was only genetics, uh, ok. What was Bob Sanders 40 time when he got to Iowa as compared to when he left Iowa?

    Why did Walter Payton run all those stairs? Because he didn't like wearing Levis?

    Get out there and RUN!


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    Re: Teaching speed/quickness

    One thing everyone is forgetting is flexibility! This is very important. Better flexibility=longer stride. Hips mobility is huge!



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    Re: Teaching speed/quickness

    Quote Originally Posted by CyPride View Post
    For those that said it was only genetics, uh, ok. What was Bob Sanders 40 time when he got to Iowa as compared to when he left Iowa?

    Why did Walter Payton run all those stairs? Because he didn't like wearing Levis?

    Get out there and RUN!
    So all it takes is a lot of hard work? Just run stairs and magically you'll be the best RB of all time?

    I agree that you can improve by training. I also agree that there is plenty of time for the kid to develop physically (in the speed department). But please. I can guarantee you there are ZERO NFL offensive linemen that could turn into NFL RB's if they ran stairs 24/7.

    I would bet Bob Sanders was very damn fast, as compared to other HS kids, when he was in HS. The knock on him was he was short.

    Anyway, you can probably shave a couple of tenths off a 40 time by training.

    My main point is that not everyone is genetically suited for every position. In basketball you have those that are cut out to be PG's and those that are suited for C.

    In football, you have those that are destined for the Line and those that are skill players.

    As players get older, usually they will move closer to the LOS, rather than away from it, as athleticism dictates.



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