Date: Wednesdays; June 8 – August 3, 7-8:30 pm
*NO CLASS SESSIONS ON JUNE 22 AND JULY 6*
Coach: TJ Anders
What You’ll Learn
This program is for players that are new to the sport, players that have played on a team or are playing but want more training to develop their skills. Because this is a non-contact football skills training program all skill levels train well together.
Age range: 8 to 14 younger and older players may be eligible to participate depending on their skill level.
Athletes that enter this program should sign up if they are preparing to play football in either youth flag football, extreme flag football, youth tackle football or they are prepping to get ready for middle school or high school football.
What To Expect
The purpose of football skills training is to help younger athletes develop in every area of football except for full contact blocking and tackling. Skills the incoming players can expect to develop during the program are:
Functional strength and mobility
Throwing and catching development (Every player catches a minimum of 50 balls per session)
The proper stances for offensive and defensive players
Overall footwork development for every position
Intro to route running. Players learn and improve their route-running skills.
Intro to man coverage. Players learn the fundamentals for off and press coverage.
1 v 1’s – Players use what they have learned and compete in route running and coverage against one another. This part of the program is important because it gives coach(s) the opportunity to help players understand and adjust route running and coverage skills without the pressure of winning or losing a game. Players are matched up by skill level.
Every session is completed with Football Yoga. Designed to strengthen and lengthen the muscles of players for the purpose of increasing physical performance, injury prevention, and increasing mobility.
Specialty: Sports Performance
Coach TJ “Iron” Anders is a native of New Orleans East which is a highly competitive area in Louisiana for football and basketball. It was there that he learned the true meaning of pushing himself to get better. He later attended Franklinton High School where he was an All-district offensive MVP in basketball and an All-State performer in football. He was also ranked as the #12 all-purpose football player in the State. After graduating from high school, he signed with Southern University where he helped the team win the SWAC Championship in 2003. It was at Southern University where he trained under super Speed Guru Tom Shaw of Sparq Training and Mr. “Gotta Go To Work” Billy Long who is a Super Bowl-winning Strength and Conditioning Coach with the St. Louis Rams and Division champion Kansas City Chiefs. After college Iron was signed to play Arena Football with Austin Turfcats. While training with the Turfcats, he suffered a major hamstring injury. It was this injury that challenged him to learn more about the functionality of the body and to pursue his NESTA Sports Trainer Certification. As Iron learned more about the science of the body and he was able to fix his own hamstrings, he also gained the knowledge to help other athletes stay injury-free, gain more speed, explosiveness, and quickness in the process. His greatest feat as a trainer is helping one of his athletes drop 1.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash in a year and a half!
Iron has been training local athletes since 2008. He has developed and implemented speed and agility camps with and for various organizations ranging from The City of Round Rock, RRSID, Athos Academy, Total Athlete Training Facility, Capitol City Bison (MPFL), summer camps for Life Changers Ministries, sports performance training with the YMCA as well as various youth organizations such as the ATX Longhorns and Central Texas Spartans. Iron has trained athletes of all abilities ranging from NFL all-pros to young athletes playing a sport for the first time. He incorporates a multitude of sports performance training techniques, all of which create a challenging and motivating environment for athletes to reach their goals. Speed, agility, flexibility, core strength, and explosiveness are at the center of every workout he creates for his clients. He has a natural love for training and people. His biggest strength is his ability to adapt the vision of his trainees and apply the right form of training based on the athlete’s goals.