I am working with a high school basketball team to train them to jump higher. I thought that I had seen an article on jump training, but I cannot locate it on the site. What are your suggestions to train these boys to jump higher? Also, what would be a good regimen for in-season and off-season training?
Well, I cannot give you a program… after all it’s YOUR job, not mine, to train them
And writing down individualized program is outside the scope of a Q&A forum.
That having been said, with high school kids, depending on their age and training experience, it might be as simple as just getting them stronger on the basic exercises. A lot of coaches are too eager to use “cutting edge” training methods that are super specific… when their athletes do not even have a decent strength base yet. For example, in the soviet litterature about plyometrics (they invented plyometric training, we bastardized it) an athlete must be able to full squat 1.5 to 2.0x their body weight before beginning plyometric training.
One thing I can tell you is that I find that one of the most abused thing is doing jump/plyometric exercises during in-season training… these kids are already jumping hundreds of times during their practices and games… additional jump training during the season will not do anything and could even lead to overuse injuries.