Drills for young athletes.
How do you create them?
Now that’s a question I get asked virtually everyday.
Here are three great ones to use with your young
athletes – especially if you work with kids between the
ages of 6 – 12.
(1) Line Jumps
Have your athlete(s) stand directly in front of a line
either painted or taped on the ground.
They should be only a few feet away from the line.
On your cue, they will jump and try to land with their
toes as close to the line as possible without actually
The purpose of this drill is not ‘maximum power’ but
rather a fine touch or precise execution of power.
Have them walk back to the starting point and repeat.
:: Kinesthetic Differentiation (coordination)
:: Bodily Control
:: Jump/Land Technique
(2) Red/Green/Yellow Light
With this drill, you can use any action you want such
as lunge walking, hopping, 1-leg jumping or crawling.
Have your young athletes move (using one of the actions
listed above) in a straight line across a gym, floor or
When you call out ‘Red Light’, they must stop and hold
in place exactly where they are.
‘Green Light’ requires them to resume at normal speed.
‘Yellow Light’ is a command that asks them to continue
the action, but at a slow pace – as slow as possible
:: Movement Adequacy (coordination)
:: Systemic Strength
:: Reaction (coordination)
(3) Monkey Tag
There are several variations of tag that are absolutely
wonderful for young athletes…. and this is one of them!
Have your young athletes start in a ‘catchers’ position
with their hands also on the floor/ground.
When they move to avoid being ‘tagged’ they must do
so by crawling/jumping like a monkey.
:: Hip Flexibility & Strength
:: Spatial Awareness (coordination)
:: Reaction (coordination)
Three great drills based entirely on fun and what
young athletes in the 6 – 12 year old range need in
terms of athletic development.
And here’s the thing…..
Within the Level 1 – Youth Fitness Specialist certification,
we show you exactly what those drills look like as well
as many others.
In fact, we have our entire audience playing and
participating in tons of drills so that they could get
a feel for them and you could see what they looked like.
"How do you create drills for young athletes, Brian?"
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