10 Best Speed and Agility Cone Drills

Speed and agility training drills are designed to work all your leg and core muscles, as well as the tendons in your body.  It is important to train at a level that is equal to your game intensity to help increase your performance and to minimize injury. Cone drills build leg strength and explosion on their one, but it is your intensity and rep scheme that will change the workload.

These are the 10 Cone Drills we will break down:

  1. X-Drill
  2. 123 Back
  3. L-Drill
  4. Pro Agility Shuttle
  5. Run Shuffle Run
  6. Cone Alley V1
  7. Cone Alley V2
  8. Cone Alley V3
  9. Staggered Shuttle
  10. Run Shuffle Shuffle Run


The X-Drill works multiple sports postures; change of direction, change of footwork and change of angle.

This is a reaction drill that you can do with a training partner or coach.  The goal is to react with speed and sprint to the correct cone.  You have to think and accelerate, this is a great way to simulate the defensive aspect of sports.  The video shows how to set up the drill and how to perform it.

3 Cone / L-Drill

The 3 Cone or "L-Drill" is one of the most popular combine drills used to measure speed and agility.  This drill requires multiple changes of direction in a small space.  For more info, check our blog on the in depth instructions on this drill here.

Pro Agility Shuttle

Also known as the 5-10-5, this is the most popular combine drill used to measure quickness and agility.  This drill requires 3 cones, with a series of complete changes of direction.  See our in-depth technique training on this drill here


The ability to transition in and out of a lateral shuffle is very important in sports like baseball, tennis, basketball and football.  This drill works on getting in and out of this position with speed.

Cone Alley v.1

There are three versions of cone alley, all with the same cone set up.  The first version works on getting in and out of the backpedal with a slight angle.

Version 2 of cone alley adds a hip rotation by cutting in and out of a cross over.  All three versions of Cone Alley work great with the OverSpeed Trainer 360 for added training.


Cone Alley v.3

Version 3 of cone alley adds a lateral shuffle to a spring and crossover run.  This is a highly dynamic drill for all sports.

The staggered shuttle is an abbreviated version of the pro agility shuttle.  This is a quick change of direction that forces you to get your footwork set into a powerful position.


A shorter version of Run-Shuffle-Run, you are working on changing direction with a lateral shuffle.  This is another great drill for defensive players and has added training effectiveness when used with the OverSpeed 360 Training Cable.



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