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At Some Point You Have To Stop

Speed is an important skill in most sports. We all write volumes about it, go to clinics to pick up new drills and movement cues, and seek out speed training gurus. Our athletes are evaluated on it and it’s a major focus of their training. Here’s the thing, outside of track and field most athletes need to be able to decelerate and stop on a dime to transition into doing something else.   I coach baseball and basketball. In both...

Athletes Have To Be Able To Stop

As we’ve covered in other posts, some of the techniques of a track and field athlete are appropriate to the training of non-track and field athletes, the challenge is that a non-track and field athlete have needs beyond just running in a straight line or around a track. One of those needs is the ability to stop. Being able to stop when it is needed is an important skill because it allows the athlete to be where they are needed,...

Don’t Let Fly Balls Trip Up Base Running

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I find that with younger baseball players pop flies are something that can get base runners into a lot of trouble.  I try to coach young baseball players to commit to running from one base to another, this means run without hesitation.  However, fly balls introduce hesitation and decision into base running because if the ball is caught the player must go back (i.e. tag up) at their original base and often the base coach yelling “Back” isn’t helpful.  With...

Learning to Stop

It is important for athletes to arrive someplace quickly. Unlike sprinters, however, athletes in many sports must be able to stop quickly in order to move in a different direction. This post is going to cover several drills that can be used to help athletes learn how to stop quickly and to be prepared to move in a different direction if necessary. When stopping, there are some technical pointers that an athlete should observe: • Chop the feet: Keep the...