Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


Subjects for this study were 55 volunteers from the SDSU football team. The subjects were divided into four groups, three experimental and one control. Each group was assigned randomly an experimental set of drills selected from those frequently used by coaches. They conditioned six weeks, four times weekly, for fifteen minutes each day. The drill sequences were designated: Group A--quick drills and 10-second drills; Group B--wave drills; Group C--speed drills and sprints; and Group D was the control group. In addition to the drills administered to the three treatment groups, all four groups took part in weightlifting three days per week and distance running two days per week. The McCauliff Agility Components Test was administered prior to the program and at the conclusion of the six-weeks training program. The subjects' best times on each test were used to compute group means. The analysis of variance resulted in an F ratio of 2.47 which was not significant at the .05 level of confidence; however, it exceeded the .10 level. This study was undertaken with the intent of providing coaches with objective and practical knowledge concerning the effects of selected, non-contact drills upon the agility of student athletes. Should agility be significantly affected by one or more of the drill sequences, the information could be used by coaches concerning the selection of different drills and sequences of drills to be utilized in practices or out-of-season training programs. Coaches would have the opportunity to become more scientific and objective in their attempts to improve the agility of the participants.

Library of Congress Subject Headings


Physical education and training



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South Dakota State University