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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning

Coaching the clean

Guidelines for progression, reps and sets

The following table provides guidelines in the progression of the various steps for the beginner player. Also note guidelines for repetition number and sets are also provided. These serve merely as guidelines and the S&C coach will be in a better position to determine the appropriate repetition number and set number for any given player.

Level of player*
Repetition number
Set number




Intermediate 1

1-5 and 6-7



Intermediate 2

1-5, 6-7 and 8-10



*Level based on squat depth competence and ability to maintain a catch position with strong spine and elbows forward posture

Progress from steps 1-5 as described above for the beginner. Then add steps 6-7 and then 8-10

Table 1. Progression of teaching the clean.

Note that the rate of progression from a beginner level to an intermediate 2 level will be very much dependent on the individual player. The S&C coach will find that some players who have a greater over head squat competence may be able to progress through the steps at a faster rate.