Texas Rangers Strength & Conditioning

Quick Starts & Acceleration Drills

The drills are listed in the order they appear in the position players speed conditioning program:

Push-Up Start

  • Start in a face down lying position
  • Start on a command or on your own
  • Push up and drive forward into a full sprint
  • This drill improves forward drive and introduces the forward lean body position
  • Perform sets of 10-30 yds
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Lean-Fall-Run (LFR) or Partner LFR

  • A partner is needed for this drill. With no partner follow the directions at the bottom
  • Execute a lean and fall and have the partner catch (holding you at a forward angle)
  • The partner will hold you from the front using both hands on both of your shoulders
  • Hold the position for a two count, and the partner will step aside and release
  • Upon release, you will drive the up-foot down and accelerate forward into a sprint
  • This drill enhances first step quickness, body position, and leg-drive
  • Perform sets of 10-30 yds
  • With no partner, complete the LFR progression as in the picture below
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Bound Into A Sprint

  • Bounding is leaping from one foot onto the other moving forward
  • Upon landing, drive upward and forward with the opposite arm and leg
  • Fall forward and swing the trail leg through to progress into the sprint
  • This drill improves power in stride and postural control with added momentum
  • Perform FOUR alternating leg bounds and progress into a 10-30 yds sprint
  • Alternate the take off-leg you begin with from rep to rep
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Squat Jump & Sprint/ Double Jump & Sprint

  • This drill is the combination of a squat jump and the LFR progression.
  • Perform a quick and explosive squat jump (from both feet) extending the arms overhead
  • For the Double Jump version, repeat the squat jump in sequence
  • Upon landing on one leg, drive upward and forward with the opposite arm and leg
  • Fall forward and swing the trail leg through to progress into the sprint
  • This drill enhances the reactive nature of our muscles to produce power
  • Perform ONE or TWO jumps (according to the program) into a 10-30 yds sprint
  • Alternate the landing leg leading into the sprint from rep to rep
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Baseball Start

  • Start in a base running position as if leading off of first base
  • Execute a cross over step with the left foot
  • Exchange the arms, pulling the right elbow back and driving the left arm forward
  • Rotate the torso in line with the hypothetical second base
  • Make sure to get the left foot down to create a favorable forward angle to drive off
  • Stay low throughout the entire crossover and initial acceleration phase of the sprint
  • This drill is progresses the skill of initiating forward lean from a lateral stance
  • Perform sets of 10-30 yds
  • The photo on the right shows one of the best at this, Rickey Henderson

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