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LTAD - a critique
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Resistance training
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Integrated game conditioning

Coaching the clean

Step 4 - Jump and catch in quarter squat position

From the slight knee bend position instruct the player to "jump explosively and then catch the bar’’ on the shoulders. The player will land in a quarter squat position when catching the bar on the shoulders. The cue ‘jump and catch’ will in most instances result in the player landing in a ¼ squat position. Instruct the player to stay in this position for a few seconds and then to return the bar to the waist. The player may repeat this sequence for a number of repetitions.

Note the sequence so far:

  • Stand with bar just below waist.
  • Straighten back.
  • Bend knees.
  • Jump and catch.
  • Hold ¼ squat position.
  • Return bar to waist and stand.

During the beginning stages, the player may only work at this level until he or she is proficient at the first four stages of the power clean. The player has now effectively completed a modified hang power clean (from hang but using knee bend only).

Figure 5. Catch position in modified hang power clean: ‘From the bent knee position, jump, catch and hold the ¼ squat position’.