Agility training is popular for many different sports. Focusing on speed, quickness and balance, agility is useful in football, basketball, soccer, track and field and many other sports. Equipment can be purchased at sporting goods stores, but with a bit of ingenuity you can fashion your own equipment for much less than the cost of manufactured equipment. Popular pieces of agility equipment include small cones, mini hurdles and an agility ladder.
Things You'll Need
- PVC Pipe
- Pipe fittings
- PVC pipe cutter
Cut the PVC pipe to the correct length using the PVC pipe cutter. Hurdles should stand 6 or 12 inches high, depending on the size of the athletes. Children and girls will use shorter hurdles, boys and adults can manage higher hurdles. The top of each hurdle should be 18 inches wide. You will need a top piece, two side pieces and two pieces that will go along the ground to hold the hurdle upright.
Assemble the hurdle by attaching the top piece to a PVC joint on each end. After attaching the elbow joint to the top piece, attach the side legs of the hurdle. Add another PVC joint to the end of each leg and then attach the last two pieces of of pipe to complete the hurdle.
Cut more PVC pipe to make additional hurdles. Assemble using the joints. Continue making hurdles until you have 10 hurdles. To use the hurdles for both tall and shorter athletes, cut out sides that are 12 inches and use those pieces to make the hurdles higher when needed.
Making an Agility Ladder
Cut out 18 inch lengths of PVC pipe using the pipe cutter. These will be the rungs of the ladder. Cut out at least 12 pieces of pipe.
Drill two holes in each end of the pieces of pipe, about 2 inches from the edge.
String the rope through the holes in the pipe on one side only. After the rope has gone through each pipe, tie a knot before going through the next piece of pipe. When the rope has gone through all of the pipes, tie a knot at each end and cut the rope. Stretch out the rope with the pipes attached and measure out another piece of rope to match the length. String that piece of rope through the other set of holes in the pipe. You do not need to put knots on this side of the pipe.
Tips & Warnings
- Agility equipment can be made from many different items, or what you have on hand. You can use any small object to run around, such as a shoe, or glove. You can even mark the ground or grass with spray paint to use in your agility training.
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