Summer conditioning vital to Lancer Sports success

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Updated June 11:  Attendance Competition

Coach Jerrad Hansen is tracking attendance at the summer conditioning program. Students were drafted by six teams, and the team with the highest attendance each month will receive a Champions Dinner – all you can eat pizza.

Through the end of the second week of June, an unnamed Girls team has the early lead (every other team has some sort of a team name). Of the 12 students total with perfect attendance, six of them are on the girls team.

But Coach Hansen says there’s plenty of time for the other teams to catch up – they just need to work together and show up. The competition is not based on how much you lift or run – it’s entirely based on attendance and effort.

“If you are here and doing everything that we ask, that’ll do it,” Coach Hansen said.

In addition to the Champion Dinner reward for the teams, any student with 85% or higher attendance will also receive an exclusive “Lancer Pride” shirt.

“They’re the only people that will have those shirts,” Coach Hansen said.

Those with 85% attendance will also be invited to a pool party.

Plus, any student with perfect attendance for the entire summer will receive an additional shirt in addition to that.

Original story – posted on June 10

For Lancer sports to be competitive in the CNC coaches say they need to win the close games, evenly matched games close enough they could be determined by a coin flip, and summer conditioning is the first step towards accomplishing that goal.

“In order for them to reach their full potential they have to do the weights and the agility and the running and the conditioning for 50 weeks out of the year, four or five days a week for four years in order to compete in the way we want them to compete,” said Southeast Head Football Coach Jerrad Hansen.”

Lancer varsity sports went 14-and-20 in games considered to be “close” in the 2014-15 school year.  Football was 2-2 in games decided by 7 points or less.  Volleyball went 6-8 in matches decided by 3 points or less.  Boys and Girls Basketball combined for a 3-4 record in games decided by 6 points or less.  And Baseball and Softball combined for a 3-6 record in games decided by 1 run.

“It’s about the explosive training that they’re going to get, the running training,” said Coach Hansen.  “(We have done) form running drills, which most of these kids have never done before in their lives, but it’s going to make them faster, it’s going to make them better, and as they progress through the running drills they will get faster and better and stronger.”

1/10th of a second is the difference between qualifying for the State Track meet or not.  1/10th of a second determines whether or not a defender can catch up to a ball carrier.  1/10th of a second determines who gets to the base first – the ball or a baserunner.

“Every day I try to incorporate some sort of explosive movement, some sort of jumping drills, like today we did ‘dot drill’, where they have to do certain rhythmic patterns of jumps to land on dots to train themselves to hit targets as they move through the air,” said Coach Hansen.  “Then we did ladder drills, where we have quickness, where we just worked on putting our foot down as fast as possible through different patterns through the ladders, then we also did some explosive jumps – jump as high as you can ten times in a row – work on hip explosion.  Form drills – they’re called bounds, where you bound as far as you can, it’s basically just a long slow run.  Then we did wall runs where we do a 45 degree angle and they work on their knee drive, their angle and their foot to the ground.  These are things we are trying to incorporate every single day, some form of each thing so that they get a little bit of explosion, a little bit of running form, a little bit of how to become a little bit better athlete in general.”

For Southeast Athletic Director Frank Pittman, the summer program is the best opportunity for small schools to make sure they are getting the most out of the students they have and dramatically improve injury prevention.

“Success sometimes is not measured by just participating – the weight room is so so important in how we excel,” said Coach Pittman.  “My thing is safety.  I think they need to be in the weight room for safety reasons.  If they’re not in there lifting to get better and achieving in athletics, sometimes there becomes injury problems, you’re plagued by injuries.  A lot of times it’s harder to recover.”

“In the weight room everything we do is stabilization – we stabilize the muscles – we stabilize the shoulders, the knees, the butt, the hips, everything that we do in the weight room is to increase our muscle so that way we stabilize all of our joints so they are less prone to injury,” said Coach Hansen.

But it’s not just the weight room that helps these student-athletes avoid injuries.  Coach Hansen puts them through footwork drills that put their ankles and knees at unusual angles.  This allows their bodies get used to being in awkward positions in a controlled atmosphere.

“The more you jump at odd angles and land on one foot, or two feet, or land left foot then right foot, your body is accustomed to that type of stuff, so therefore it will land a little bit easier during the games,” says Coach Hansen.  “There’s certain things that happen during a football game or a basketball game or a volleyball game they’re going to land in a funky way that they’ve never done before and if their body’s not used to absorbing those types of shock they could possibly blow a knee, an ankle, hip, shoulder or something like that.”

The summer conditioning program at Southeast High School is underway through the end of July and is open to 6th through 12th grade students.  9th-12th grades meet Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.  6th-12th grades meet Monday through Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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