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This is the basic acceleration ladder drill from a standing start. The athlete is going to start where the feet would approximately be in a block start. The front foot is two feet back from the start line, and the back foot is three feet back from the start line. This promotes proper displacement or push on each step. The first tape mark is a foot-and-a-half off the line, the distance to the next piece of tape is three and a half feet, than four feet, than five feet, six feet, and the final three marks are all seven feet apart. This distance will vary depending on the size, the maturity and strength levels of the athlete. The main point of the drill is to promote pushing actively through each step, creating distance and power in strides.
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