The winter phase is the right time of the yearly training cycle to concentrate on good old fashion absolute strength, in my opinion. That’s a fun time to you watch your athlete’s confidence grow as their strength increases. As the younger athlete gets stronger in his core, hips, and legs through squat variations and single leg exercises like lunges and box step ups, he can put more force into the ground as a runner, and he’ll get faster. It’s hard to find a coach that doesn’t like increased speed!
We still have snow on the ground in Blacksburg Va. at the time of this writing, March 26, 2018, but as a high school strength and conditioning coach, your thoughts must become focused ahead. I believe the best opportunity to separate your program from your competitors is the summer strength and conditioning program!
There are challenges to be sure, related to getting the kids in the facility due to competition with family vacations, jobs, etc. The programs that can solve these issues have the opportunity to make great gains during this time of the year. The break from academic classes can bring more focus to the weight room.
Watch the intensity of the players build as the season approaches! The summer training can be a bit longer than the winter phase and offers the coach some options and some challenges. I suggest you break your summer into two four week phases if possible. Peak the squat at the end of the first phase using a rep max of 3-5 reps. Continue to squat during the second phase but don’t peak their strength in the squat at the same time you are actively conditioning them and doing seven on seven training and competition. Continue to work toward a peak in your press variation and Olympic lift variation.
Setting realistic attendance goals throughout the summer such as allowing up to five missed days for family vacations, etc. makes sense. Structuring the training schedule to a Monday through Thursday format can help also. Having a theme T-Shirt for the summer earned by participation, and a planned team photo, taken at the end of the summer after a workout and made into poster can be a big motivator also.
As you make your plan, I hope you’ll consider purchasing the annual training plan offered by us at Highschoolstrength.com. The program is comprehensive, including strength and power training, conditioning and coach, it works! If your team doesn’t make real, substantial, measurable progress after following our plan, I’ll refund your money. No questions asked.
That’s it, coach. Keep making a positive difference in the young men of our great nation!