Agility is the ability to rapidly change directions without the loss of speed, balance, or body control. As with other fitness components, agility is specific to a particular movement pattern. One problem with agility training is that an athlete can learn to anticipate the next movement. Therefore, the athlete should be required to respond to a directional order. Also agility is different from Change of Direction. Agility is the ability to move ones body with a response to an outside stimulus. It can be a visual, or audio. I like to throw other athletes into the mix to work on an athletes ability to react and move just like in game situations.
The Key to improving agility training is to first teach the basic movement patterns. Far too often we skip the fundamental movements and go right to the advanced. This limits your ability to reach your full potential. First learn how to control your body. Second develop adequate strength for one’s body. What I mean is that you need to have a strength base to be able to accelerate, decelerate or slow your body down. So basic strength exercises should be placed in athletes’ programs. Third develop balance which will coincide with body control. Fourth develop proper speed/sprint mechanics. Gaining a better knowledge of these 4 principles will play a big role in developing better agility.
The most popular form of agility training is cone drills. Below are 3 easy drills that you can utilize with your athletes that are basic so easy to learn and also easy to coach.
Let me know what drills you do to help your athletes improve their agility. Post some video’s in the comment section.