Speed, agility and quickness (SAQ) training is everything that each and every athlete should be taking part in to increase their ability in their sport. However, today the economy has been tough and many sports stores are selling items that are used for SAQ, but the prices are way higher than the consumer needs to pay.
Have you ever thought of using your local hardware or arts and crafts store for getting a few simple supplies that can create you great SAQ equipment that is needed to help yourself or your young athlete succeed better?
The first thing that is simply needed and not to high priced are some simple cones for your SAQ training and they can be found at any sports store but they also will be found at most Wal-Marts and Targets at a much lower price. Cones are a main staple for an SAQ training program for working on speed and quickness when working in a multi-directional fashion and you should have at least six or eight cones for part of your SAQ training.
There other many SAQ tools you can create and save yourself lots of money, starting with a simple agility foot hoop jump, which the athlete jumps from one color hoop to another as the someone calls out the colors. You can simply find metal hoops at an arts and crafts store in which you can wrap in the color tape of your choice. Buying electrical tape or any favorite tape colors will be used in wrapping the metal hoops, each color will wrap two hoops, so you have at least 6-8 hoops. The hoops will be thrown out within a 2-3 feet of each other and should be mixed over the field or yard and the trainer will call out a color quickly for the athlete to adjust to and hit each color possible. If the athlete does not make it in a hoop that is called, they are done but the duration should last 15-20 seconds for the first two sets, and if completed the spacing of hoops should be spread out further for the next session.
Another easy SAQ drill that you can create is a simple ladder drill, which is two long ropes about ten feet long with cross bridges that are about two feet in length that run as the footing across; however, you do not use this to actually climb as a ladder, but rather lay on the ground to complete quick foot agility work. You can simply go to your hardware store such as Menards, Lowes or Home Depot and purchase ½ inch PVC pipe up to fifteen feet long with up to 30 feet of small rope. You will simply need a PVC cutter to cut the PVC into two foot lengths consisting of six total. Measure each end a ¼ inch in from the end on each side and drill a hole, ½ inch in diameter, straight through each PVC piping. Run a line of rope through each side with a heavy knot at each end and adjust the ladders as needed for agility drills.
The other amazing cost effective SAQ drill is using dot drills and can be easily created my buying a 2-3 foot square door mat or piece of rubber and buy spray paint such as white and spraying four dots, two inches in diameter, one in each corner and one in the middle. This can also be done just on the lawn or used with chalk on the pavement with the four dots about two feet apart with a center dot. This allows for the athlete to take part in an another agility drill that has less cost and is very effective.
SAQ can be an expensive training to invest in but you can simply create your own home SAQ equipment for a much lower cost that sports stores are charging today. If you have a few simple tools, such as a drill and PVC cutter and access to a great arts and crafts store you can be ready to start up your next SAQ program that is low cost and ready for you to become faster in speed, agility and quickness.