Speed is important, but there are only a few instances in a game when you actually reach top speed. Instead of working just on speed, focus on developing quickness, which is more about acceleration than overall speed. This will help you win a race to the ball or react to an opponent with a winning edge.
To improve your quickness, perform the Tennis Ball Reaction Drill, which challenges your visual reaction time and explosive starts. Before you even begin to move, you must visually identify and react to a play. By starting when your partner drops the ball, you develop the ability to react to a situation, potentially gaining a split-second advantage. Second, the drill focuses on explosive starts and acceleration to bring you to full speed in a shorter time. The combination of improved reaction and acceleration should help you blow by your competition.
Watch the video above for a "how-to" on the Tennis Ball Reaction Drill with University of Miami football.
Sets/Reps: 1x3-5, with 30-45 seconds rest between sets