If you condition your team after practice during the season, working this drill into the system a few times can perk things up! I originally got this drill from Legendary S&C Coach Chip Sigmon, when he was at Appalachian State University.
The relay races are organized as follows:
1. Form eight man teams, group players together as similar position types.
2. Place four players behind the side line between the five-yard marks, across the field behind the opposite sideline are the relay team’s other four players also between the sidelines.
3. You will be using most of the practice field to set this up. Have your assistants and managers help get this organized.
4. On one sideline of the field give the lead runner a football.
5. On your command, he sprints across the field and hands off or tosses the ball to his counterpart on the opposite sideline. The ball transfer should happen between the sideline and the numbers.
6. The new man sprints across the field to hand off and keep the relay going. After handing off, the sprinter goes to the back of the four man
The relay continues until the prescribed number of reps are met by each member of the every relay team.
I have seen some the absolute best efforts from players when using this drill. Being able to run with the football brings back backyard and youth football days to many. The morale and positive fun these guys have while truly sprinting is a team builder!
Try to keep a good eye on which groups are “winning.” Whenever a group achieves the prescribed number of reps, perhaps five to six reps, and then either call the race or keep the others running until all achieve the total number of reps. I think you’ll be surprised by the enthusiasm.