Want to catch a long pass your quarterback just lofted into the end zone? Sprint across the field and make a play on an opponent who's about to score? Or stop your man from making a layup? Then you need to improve your acceleration. Drills are helpful, but to really get that winning edge, you need to learn proper acceleration mechanics. (See also Five Methods to Maximize Acceleration.)
Here are some drills that use a simple progression of mastering one technique before advancing to the next.
These can be performed anywhere. All you need is a wall or an object to put your hands on.
The first drill practices changing legs, ensuring you understand the proper body position.
Sets/Reps: 3x10 per leg
In this drill, assume the proper body position and change your legs as fast as possible. Remember to bring your knee up and not your body to your knee. This drill can be performed with a partner or alone. Perform on command of one, two or three.
After you have mastered this skill, play a game and change the order of commands 3, 1, 2 and the speed of the drill.
Perform the wall drills as fast as you can for ten seconds. Do three sets, remembering to maintain proper body position and technique.