Last year she really wasn't doing a ton for the team besides chasing the ball. She would run along side it and keep up with it, but when the ball came to her, she'd cower or do nothing at all. Then half way through the season she really opened up and started playing and interacting with the ball. It was awesome to watch.
This year I am looking forward to her getting even better. Now that she's learned to have fun with others on the field, I think she will also learn to have fun getting better and better through practice and training. One device we are going to use while we train is the Ohuhu 12 Rung Agility Ladder. Have you ever seen one be used? Check it out below, it helps you gain speed and change direction more easily with regular use.
We found that the agility ladder will actually be really beneficial for The Big One. She likes using it and learning new drills. It will help her not only build speed and agility, but it will help her better focus, both on the field and off by forcing her to really concentrate and remember the steps on each individual exercise. Some of the drills can definitely be tricky.
Some quick features of the Ohuhu Agility Ladder:
-Improve acceleration, lateral speed and change of direction
-Improve quickness through accelerated foot strike and lift frequency
-Develop the core skills necessary to enhance balance, rhythm and body control
-Ladder is 15 feet long with 11 heavy-duty plastic rungs for high-intensity training
-Includes carry bag for easy portability
My favorite features are that the plastic is very heavy duty, you know it won't snap if you land on it while doing drills, and also that the rungs are adjustable. So we can move them to be closer together or further apart depending on what's best for The Big One. It also comes with snaps on the ends of the straps so that other ladders can be connected to it, which is pretty handy as well.
Is there a sport that you train for? What's your favorite way to train for it?
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