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Old May 8th, 2014, 03:34 PM   #1
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Hello all. Many of the players on my team are wanting to improve their lateral mobility. We've done a couple of small drills to focus on it, but as of yet I haven't found a truly great drill that will work on this area. For our team, because we don't have a lot of size, we rely on agility, and so improving our laterals would be very beneficial. Does anyone have any good suggestions on ways to improve this? Thanks in advance.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 08:33 PM   #2
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Hello all. Many of the players on my team are wanting to improve their lateral mobility. We've done a couple of small drills to focus on it, but as of yet I haven't found a truly great drill that will work on this area. For our team, because we don't have a lot of size, we rely on agility, and so improving our laterals would be very beneficial. Does anyone have any good suggestions on ways to improve this? Thanks in advance.
Personally, I get a lot of improvement out of the skater's footwork, including laterals, by running variations on the "Iron Cross". Video is on hockey skates but works on quads too, with only minor changes in the techniques used to preform the same movements.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 08:48 PM   #3
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Cool! Thanks! I should remember hockey drills!
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Old May 8th, 2014, 11:58 PM   #4
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Ilama is right on... I'm working with a derby girl now, and pretty much all we do are hockey agility drills. Some good drills to make quick gains for various levels of skaters are: Cariocas (WFTDA calls them "grapevines"), lateral cross-overs (the kid in Ilama's video does this a little bit), and what I like to call the "bend and extend" drill (simply called shuffling right and left on this video shown without skates on YouTube: 10-Yard Agility Box - Stops and Starts | Nike Hockey Training)
I'm tech challenged, so I wasn't sure of how to get you a link. Anyway, with all of these drills, the objective is to move your feet quicker and quicker while restricting forward motion. When you loose control doing these drills, the idea is to either skate out of it to regain control, or fall to your knees. Start slowly if you need to, but try to get progressively faster as I said before. Your agility will proportionately get better and better.
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