The quickness of your feet plays a major role on how effectively you move around the field but also being able to put on an explosive sidestep.
If your sidestep technique is solid, and your feet are fast enough, you will run rings around the opposition.
Here are my 3 easy ways to develop foot speed.
1. JUMP ROPE
Boxers and Cricketers have used this ancient technique to improve their foot speed so why can't Rugby players?
This is an effective technique for young players and it's one of the simplest foot speed drill ever.
Jump rope improves effectiveness in movement, coordination and balance.
It's also a good cardio workout!!
Furthermore it's so easily accessible, because all you need is a jump rope and open space.
2. BOX JUMP
Foot speed involves explosiveness and this is where the box jump comes into play.
Being light and explosive on your feet is the key to foot speed.
You can move with ease and within a split second to be the right position to sidestep or accelerate.
Box jumps are excellent for building explosiveness and lower body strength.
It helps develop power in your quads, glutes hamstrings and calves, not to mention the all important core.
Do this exercise often and your feet will become lighter and faster. You'll have that bounce in your step.
This may seem too simple but the truth is that the better your flexibility is, then the quicker your feet can move.
You can improve your flexibility by stretching everyday.
Rather then sitting on the lounge to watch the footy, get on the ground and stretch.
Concentrate on stretching your calves, hamstrings, glutes and quads.
There you have it. 3 super easy ways to develop foot speed.
The good news is that all 3 exercises can be done in your own backyard so there is no excuse to improve your foot speed.