SAQ stands for Speed, Agility, Quickness. SAQ is a system of progressive exercise and instruction aimed at developing fundamental motor abilities to enhance the capability of players / athletes to be more skilful at faster speeds and with greater precision. SAQ Training plays an important role in motor co-ordination, acceleration, balance, agility and reaction development at all ages and at all levels. It can be incorporated into fitness programmes all year round - indoor and outdoor - in designated circuits, isolated drills, and integrated exercises, and most importantly, during ball work. The S.A.Q. spectrum covers everything from dynamic warm up and flexibility, to running and movement patterns, to explosive weight systems, to diet maintenance. Each piece of the S.A.Q. programme may be used individually or collectively and will generate tremendous results. Presently there are three levels of certification - SAQ Foundation Award™, SAQ Level 1 Award™ , SAQ Level 2, SAQ Conditioning Award & SAQ Diploma.
Mr. Jim Kilty is the former Director of Coaching with Athletics 1990-1999; Olympic Track and Field Coach 1988, 1996; Trainer to Tipperary Hurling Team 2001, 2002; He has also worked with inter-county football teams, the Leinster Rugby team as well as the UCD Rugby team. He is Director of S.A.Q. Ireland, a Company which offers coach education packages to N.G.B.'s, County Boards, Clubs and individual coaches who are engaged in all aspects of sport from juvenile to performance.
The SAQ Accrediation Foundation Award™ is the introductory course to the SAQ Training™ system. It has at least 6 to 6.5 hours of tutoring contact and involves both lectures and practical workshops. Those who complete this workshop are awarded the SAQ Foundation Certificate.
Introduction to the SAQ System
The Principles upon which the system is based
Theory and Practice of Dynamic Warm-up
Theory and practice of SAQ Mechanics™ of movement development
Theory and practice of SAQ Innervation™ development
Implementation of SAQ in training sessions and programmes
Once you have completed the Foundation Course, you are then eligible to complete the SAQ Accrediation Level 1 Award™which is the second step to the SAQ Training™ system. It has at least 6 hours of tutoring contact and 2.5 hours of written and practical assessment. The course invloves both lectures and practical workshops. Those who complete this workshop are awarded the SAQ Level 1 Certificate.
Introduction to the course
The Principles of SAQ Training (Talk)
The importance of Skill Development (Talk)
Comparison between linear and agility speed (Talk)
Theory and Practice of Agility Training (Workshop)
Theory & Components of Speed (Talk)
Practice of Quickness Development (Workshop)
Introducing Core Stability (Workshop)
Preparation of Practical assignment
Work groups for Practical Assignments
This course aims at unlocking the potential of multi-sprint stamina training as a basis for stamina training for all field sports. It also examines the importance of core stability training as well as strength training and looks at the best way to integrate them into the fitness programme to ensure maximum performance during the competition season. It has 6 hours of tutoring contact and involves both lectures and practical workshops. Those who complete this workshop are awarded the SAQ Conditioning Certificate
Introduction to the course
The Elements of Fitness
Stamina in Sport
Needs of Players/Demands of the Game
Theory and Practice of Multi-Sprint Stamina (Workshop)
Comparing Speed Repeatability training with M.S. Stamina
Speed Repeatability workshop
Using SAQ equipment to develop M.S. Stamina (Workshop)
Designing conditioning training programmes