Get faster, more explosive, better conditioned, and become more agile by training the 3 Metabolic Energy Systems and utilizing our Reactive Training Methods:
Maximizing Speed and Agility is a science. A science that demands the development of training plans based on how the bodys 3 energy systems being trained actually work, how these 3 energy systems work together, and the idea that Agility is NOT measured by your ability to perform in a pre-planned environment (cone drills), rather, your ability to react in unpredictable environments. Given the rest times needed by each energy system alone, one hour sessions just aren't long enough to properly train them. That and, though cone drills are great for the coordination of certain movements and "change of direction speed", they do very little to enhance the reactive component of Agility that is built-up of many cognitive functions such as: Visual Processing, Timing, Reaction Time, Perception, and Anticipation. A great example of this is the fact that higher-level athletes have been shown to perform better on true Agility tests than lower-level athletes. However, higher-level athletes do not perform better on change of direction speed drills (cone drills) in comparison to lower-level athletes.
Hit better, field better, throw better, catch better, read better, react better, block better, shed blocks better, tackle better, pursue better, run better. Don't just do it... just do it better!
In competitive sports, coaches are trying to win. They should not be taking time during team practice to teach athletes how to catch, block, hit, field, etc. Be it competitive youth teams, all the way up to High School, coaches need athletes to come out that already posses certain skillsets. From there, it's the coaches job to teach them their "system", as well as, refine that skillset to better suit the system. When that "skillset" doesn't already exist, team practice is slowed down, and coaches are forced to spend time teaching athletes skills they should already posses.
This phenomenon creates a few problems. First, parents may not appreciate the lack of playing time and or "coaching" their athletes recieve. Second, coaching a team and implementing a "system" is just as time consuming a process as an individual athlete developing his/ her own skillset. Thus, trying to do both at the same time makes properly preparing a team to compete at the highest level impossible. And third, though teams may demonstrate some success at the local and or district level, they will always fall short when playing against teams who posses athletes, parents, and coaches who understand team practice and training are not the same thing.