Tips for Combine Training
There are many attitudes about combine training. There is one thing that we all know- if an athlete wants to play at higher level they are going to have to participate in camps, combines, and showcases. The offseason is much different than it was 10 years ago. Athletes are using it to play with other teams and jock for more exposure. Combines have come an important part in that. We have been training athletes in the offseason for combines, camps, and pro days. Combines, whether we like it or not, has become a very important part of an athlete that wants to play and the next level. Why should coaches be concerned with this? Does it really prepare them for the next season? Should we use combine training as a part of our offseason preparation? Combines, Pro Day, and Showcases are all the same depending on the sport. College coaches and recruiters want to see the athlete’s ability in person. In my experience there have been more athletes offered scholarships at a camp or combine than there have been in other ways.
Why Should We Add Combine Training to Our Offseason
- Combine training is important to the athletes. The athletes need to know what is important to them should be important to you.
- It is important to represent your team and school. University and Professional teams have an opinion on whether they are trained for the event or not. Make sure your athletes are prepared.
- Preparation and competition is good. Preparing the athlete physically and mentally is important for them to learn how to prepare properly. The more quality training and competition (despite the results) the better your team will be.
- Track Performance. This is a great way to keep these numbers and track throughout the season and over several years. After all we want to be consistent winners and not a sometime winner. Tracking these numbers can suggest adjusting your training or staying on the path with the development of the athletes.
Drills are involved in a Combine
- Linear Sprint– 10, 40, 60 yard dash all represent a combine or pro day for
- Agility– Pro Shuttle (5/10/5), L Drill (90 degree or 3 cone), Oklahoma, and T Drill
- Power– Vertical, Broad Jump, Med Ball Throw
- Sport and Position Specific Drill– In football all the DE do bag drills and sack drills, the QB’s throw, DB’s cover WR’s
Tips for Combine Training
- Coach the Drill– Teach the athletes the ways to get the best times.
- Practice– Practice the event at least 1 time a week.
- Compete– Pair the athletes in their position or best on best to get the greatest results.
- Test– Test every 8-12 weeks and post in the weight room or where the record boards are.
By adding combine training to your weekly workouts it can help motivate the athletes and put everyone’s best foot forward when the athletes visit other schools and camps. The competition level will increase, the intensity of the coaches, and increase the productivity of the workouts altogether. Some schools even use a combine day to increase positive attention to their programs. Using social media to give awards of the top 3 athletes in the events can help positive light on your program in the offseason.