Lateral Speed Fundamentals

The Mini-Course that Raises the Bar on Understanding the Science and the Art of…

Rebooting Fundamentals of Lateral Movement

As a former player, coach, and current trainer of basketball and court and field sports, there is nothing more exciting than building a huge foundation of lateral movement fundamentals to allow athletes to reach their peak movement abilities and stay healthy!

I have studied multi-directional speed, in particular- lateral speed and quickness techniques, and there is nothing more frustrating than to see athletes being taught how to move in a way that completely violates human movement.

Basketball players are being taught improper movement simply because coaches are teaching what they learned from their old coach. And in some cases, coaches are teaching poor information from knowledgeable trainers that are not following principles of human movement, and definitely not paying homage to competitive reactive speed as it exists on the court.

Listen Up!

Right here and right now, you are going to get an education as to why and how athletes must have these fundamentals ingrained if they want to greatly reduce injury potential, be able to tap into the variations, and perform at a masterful level with their court movement.

All coaches, regardless of the sport or discipline, establish models they can measure against. When a player performs a lateral shuffle to defend and turn a ball handler, their shuffle should fit into a correct model of movement. If it doesn’t, the coach can address it. The problem exists with poorly designed models of movement.

Coaches also have concepts they follow to build their belief system of what is right. In this mini-course, I expose many concepts that have defined my movement systems for decades. I have taken my concepts and created acronyms to allow others to quickly understand what I am teaching.

Take a Look at Some of the Concepts:

  • P.O.P. or “Push-Open-Push” is the critical sequencing to allow effective acceleration in all directions.
  • 2:1 ratio during reactive shuffle training is the reactive equivalent to the 1:1 native strategy.
  • “W” concept is a visual concept that puts movement needs and efficiency into perspective.
  • Heel Pull to Toe Push is a very important biomechanical efficiency of the lateral gait cycle.
  • Full foot C.O.D. is a method of using physical laws, with biomechanics, to elicit effective movement.

When you understand the concepts of the detailed breakdown and demonstrations, you will have one of those “AH-HA” moments and a clear understanding of why your athletes must have these fundamental patterns.

Variability MUST Stem From a Solid

Foundation of Fundamentals

I can’t emphasize enough, being able to hit the models of the postures and positions I teach allows for variability to be used when specifically needed. For example, not all sports use a shuffle or lateral run exactly the same, but having the foundational model movement in place gives greater access.

Understand This…

When a basketball player must quickly change direction and push off to turn and run, this becomes a breeding ground for hip dysfunction in those not trained to properly move in this pattern. Often, the end result is a pulled groin or adductor muscles which leads to missed playing time while the injury heals. We can’t avoid all injuries, however, dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s allows us to create an atmosphere for extremely will functioning through variation of all speed and quickness patterns.

Who Will this Mini-Course Benefit?

This might be considered a dumb question, but one that needs to be clearly stated. ALL coaches, strength coaches, trainers, therapists, and athletes will benefit from the detailed breakdown of this mini-course.

There isn’t a field, court, or ice-sport athlete that would not greatly improve from having the concepts used to their advantage.

I Must Say…

Every single basketball player, coach, strength and conditioning coach, skills coach would be crazy to not have this knowledge locked down. It will greatly enhance performance through repetitive motor learning and ability to react using various Tier System Strategies (Reactive Tier System for Speed).

I’m Not Kidding!

On a weekly basis, the conversations I have with those involved with basketball is extensive. Being able to use these concepts and build them into your current programming system is vitally important. Coaches can adjust these concepts to individual athletes and the team setting.

How Do Athletes’ Benefit?

When athletes capture the essence of what these concepts and training methods are improving, they will be 100% sold and expect to be trained using them.

Here is a list of the athletes that will benefit:

  1. Professional Players (NBA, WNBA, International, G-League)
  2. Collegiate Players (Div. I, II. III, NAIA, Junior College, Prep)
  3. High School (High Recruited Players and Beginners)
  4. Junior High (Players in desperate need of proper fundamental movements.)
  5. Off, In, and Pre-Season Players (Rebooting Patterns, Refining Patterns, Improving Patterns)
  6. Back-to-Play Players (Returning/Injury is a serious time. Confidence and correctness is needed.)

Having worked with countless professional, collegiate, and private organizations, I see the problems very quickly. I have a model that leads my assessment of programs and therefore decisions as to what needs to be implemented.

Course Description…In a Nutshell

Rebooting Fundamentals of Lateral Speed consists of 3 modules that  are broken into a white board theory talk, followed by a detailed warm-up to help and aid the concepts of P.O.P., and final in depth talk about the imperative lateral movements that are a must for foundational fundamentals.

Get ALL this Today for ONLY 89 Bucks!

Plus, Receive a Bonus Video Breakdown of the Lateral Run and Shuffle.

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Video Breakdown of Lateral Run and Shuffle


#1 – Lateral Run Breakdown Front View

#2 – Lateral Run Breakdown Front View

#3 – Lateral Shuffle Front View

#4 – Lateral Shuffle Side View

Rebooting Fundamentals of Lateral Movement is one of the first implantation actions I would take to restore and define the movement competencies in athletes.

I promise you, this information matters to you, your athletes, and the organizations you work for.

Overall, athletes are not moving optimally, getting injured at alarming rates, and getting stuck in specificity and not building off fundamental patterning.

Here is your chance to change this NOW!

Become an Ambassador of Speed,

Lee Taft
“The Speed Guy”

PS – ENROLL TODAY for ONLY $89 for this 3-Module Mini-Course. Plus, receive a bonus video breakdown session of the concepts seen in slow motion breakdown! Your players will thank you!

Become educated as to WHY and HOW athletes must have these fundamentals ingrained if they want to greatly reduce injury potential, be able to tap into the variations, and perform at a masterful level with their court movement.

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