We get this question a lot from parents enrolling their kids in our program. Speed is probably one of the biggest demands we get from parents that want their kids to improve their athletic ability. My initial response is always consistent. We will determine what their kid needs once they go through our assessment. We can make visual observations on the field, which most parents make those observations, and have an idea of what skills are lacking. However, without an assessment we are unable to measure further gaps that may be contributing to the child’s lack of skill.
The first thing parents will need to understand is that the goal is to seek progress. A child is never done developing their ability especially because they are constantly growing throughout adolescence.
So the first objective is progress
Next, parents have to understand that proper running is all habit. Running flaws cannot be fixed with minimal commitment. We strongly encourage year round strength and conditioning because our programs reinforce technique of essential skills and progress towards more advanced skills. It starts with a strong foundation.
So the second objective is strong commitment to skill acquisition.
The next aspect we need to address is the actual evaluation. Now an athlete will not get fast, powerful or explosive if they lack strength. Strength is an absolute necessity to develop power and speed. Without it don’t plan on being faster than your competition. The other factor besides strength that becomes a main issue is mechanics. If an athlete is displaying bad mechanics and there’s nothing to enforce good mechanics then that athlete will limit their speed potential. It’s a very simple scenario to understand.
So the third objective is to address strength deficiencies and improper running mechanics.
Worst case scenario if you can’t commit long-term to athletic skill development and your child displays improper mechanics and noticeable strength deficiencies then you will find it very difficult to meet your expectations.
This is your path to improved speed.
Objective #1 – Seek Progress
Yours in Strength,