Help your youth football player advance his or her skills on the field with the Auditory Slides drill. Great for players looking to improve their reaction and speed during lateral movement.
A variation of the last drill is for the athlete to slide laterally, and then change direction when a coach or training partner gives a verbal command. The athlete should use proper lateral movement technique, and slide in one direction until the coach says switch. The athlete must react off this command, and begin sliding in the opposite direction.
The change in direction causes the athlete to efficiently reverse the roles of his feet. The trail leg that was pushing now begins pulling as the lead leg, and vice versa. The athlete should focus on reacting to the coach's command, and not jump the gun by guessing at when the command will be given.