Just curioius....my son is a freshman...very strong. he is 5'11 and apprx 187 lbs. Plays some full back and mostly linebacker but his 40 is only 5.6
Do players normally increase their time as they go thru high school or do they level out?
His 40 time can definitely increase. Some of it will be natural as he grows over the next few years and some will come with hard training. What kind of workouts does he do? Is he training with anyone? Plyometrics, speed drills and consistency should help him improve his time.
You level out only when YOUR TRAINING levels out. Here were my vitals and 40 Times through my career of playing football. These are 40 times that are electronic and not hand timed.
11th Grade--6'2" 150 lbs = 5.4 40 Yard Dash
12th Grade--6'2" 165 lbs = 5.1 40 Yard Dash
Freshman Year of JC Ball-- 6'3" 175 lbs = 4.9 40 Yard Dash
Sophmore Year of JC Ball--6'3" 180 lbs = 4.7 40 Yard Dash
Scholarship to D-II West Liberty State College
Junior Year--6'3" 205 lbs = 4.65 40 Yard Dash
Senior Year--6'3" 215 lbs = 4.6 40 Yard Dash
2001 Arena 2 Football--6'3" 210 lbs = 4.56 40 Yard Dash
Now what I left out was the offseason. I ran track and field during the off season and I knew that wasn't blessed with great speed so I knew I needed workouts that would make me faster. Baseball was not going to make me faster. I wanted a football scholarship so I dedicated my offseason to track workouts from my 11th grade year until I was a junior in college, so 5 years of hurdles, sprints and jumps. If want to be faster your body must be trained to be faster. Getting faster takes time, dicipline, and work outs that will make you flat out throw up all over the place!
He works at the fields house gym 5 days a week doing the normal bench, cleans, squats etc he is strong, can bench 250. The football coach made him join the track team (same coach) to work on speed etc, but I dont think he is teaching him much. We are considering sending him to a spped camp. Any suggestions?
Sounds like your son has a passion for the weight room and I would suggest carrying that over to running. If he wants to be fast he needs to RUN and TRAIN like a sprinter even if he isn't one. The Human Body cannot grow and gain in strength unless those muscles and ligaments have a targeted focus with repeat training and conditioning. Track season is at max 3 months long. He must carry over the speed training into his own daily work out.
Of course, always visit Active.Com and search for speed and agility camps in your area. I will be hosting one in the San Diego Area over the summer for the youth, but I'm not sure what area you are in? Just curious, but what events is your son training for during this current or past track season?
This is his first track season (just ended yesterday) and he only competes in the discus and shot put and ocassionally the mile, but he practices with the team in the 40's etc. I love the football coach, think he really knows his sport, but he is NOT a track coach in my opinion and God willing my sons' speed will be the only thing to hold him back from some kind of football scholarship. So that is why we are really trying to get on top of it now.
Like most kids, his ego prevents him from trying to compete in the runs, but I told him he needs to remember that he is doing it to get faster, not for the fact the he thinks he can win a 40 or something.
So do you think the speed and agility camps help...worth the money etc?