- Additional information
Designed for players 160-275 lbs.
THE PERFECT FIT
Bent knees, flat back, tight hands and choppy feet (or if you prefer, a near perfect shoulder – forearm fit). Just a few things that describe what the S-Pad is designed to do. As you know, the laws of physics dictate that the low man wins. It’s hard to hit the S-Pad high. Some coaches think the S-Pad is like having a chute attached to their sled.
Modular: 1 sled = 2 sleds
S-Advantage sleds are modular. For instance, you can purchase a 7 man sled and change it into a 5 and 2 man sled, or 4 and 3 man sled (or any combination). So, if your offense or defense changes, you can change the sled.
RUN THROUGH FRAME
Your players can run through the frame of the sled. This is possible because there’s only one connector link between each pad, and the link is just above the ground. The sled also provides wide 56” center-to-center pad spacing.
GOAL LINE SITUATIONS
Because the S-Pads extend close to the ground, you can work crab blocks and goal line situations. Each pad is removable for storage. To remove, you unzip the pad and unlock the Velcro straps. The S-Pads are the only pads we know of with a two-part protective cover.
HEAVY DUTY CONSTRUCTION
Work traps, pulls, downblocks or virtually any combination on the S-Sleds. We believe in heavy steel construction. To maintain a power base, your players need a heavy sled that
resists. Each person is in essence driving 240 lbs.
PASS PRO & LINEBACKER DRILLS
Work Pass Pro drills or defensive punch techniques on the S-Pads. The curved S-Pads will force players to bend their knees. For big results an S-Advantage Sled is the right choice for your team. Even players tell us you can’t cheat the S-Pads.
A SLED FOR ALL TECHNIQUES, DEFENSIVE AND OFFENSIVE
The S-Advantage Sleds are built and designed for virtually every position. They are equally as effective for DLs as OLs, for RBs and LBs, and for DBs and TEs. You can practice and improve all of your blocking techniques. The sled works for hands, punch, forearm, shoulder, rip, and swim. No other sled has that many options. An S-Advantage sled is like four sleds in one.
TIGHT HANDS OR SHOULDER BLOCK
No matter what the technique, the S-Pads are an ideal fit for defensive and offensive linemen. When using the hands, they have to make a tight fit. They can strike with their thumbs up or in joint alignment. See the optional Hit-Tech Mechanism on page 11 for locking out. For shoulder-forearm blocking the pads also make an ideal fit. The players get a realistic feel for driving their opponents out of their stances.
The Optional Dual Arm S-Pads take sled effectiveness to the next level. These pads are the most effective pads to train inside hand placement. Each rep with the Dual Arm Pads is more game-like as it requires more concentration and skill from the players. Hands too high or too wide simply get blocked by the arms, making it more difficult to drive or punch the sled. The benefits of the pad for rip and swim techniques are great. The arms are made of dense foam so they will move when hit, but not too easily. Being low is an absolute prerequisite to hitting this pad; a player can’t stand up and get a proper fit underneath the armpits. The pads also make a fine target for forearm – shoulder blocking.
Hit on the rise. 95% of all S-Sleds are ordered with this option:
• The Hit-Tech (the yellow-circled breadbox-looking mechanism shown below) option allows each player to leverage his pad from a starting position to an upright position, where the chest of the pad is nearly perpendicular to the ground. The pad leverages (rises) on a realistic angle (particularly important for OLs and DLs to punch out, and not just up). It doesn’t leverage straight up or straight back but rises like a player coming out of his stance.
• The Hit-Tech helps teach violent hands or shoulder skills. As you leverage the pad, it becomes more difficult to raise, and you encounter more resistance than just the weight of the pad. The force required to leverage the pad is 189 lbs. per inch (plus the 90 lb. weight of the pad plate). This encourages players to bring their hips through their blocks. The pad doesn’t superficially unlock at a certain point and become lighter. Thus, there’s resistance to the players at all angles. This is particularly important for DLs to gain the strength to lock their elbows out against a strong opponent. The higher the player leverages the pad, the more it resists.
• Each player leverages his own pad. Nothing particularly new here, except it’s a lot easier on the Crowther Hit-Tech system to “see” each player’s effort because of the wide pad spacing and shape of the pad.
• The most overlooked benefit of the Hit-Tech system is its simplicity. There are no latches to break and no roller bearings or gas shocks to replace. It’s professionally engineered. It consists of a 10” zinc coated coil spring, a metal spring plate, a metal box, and bolts.
|S-Advantage Sled Types|
|Include Hit Tech?|
|Arm Pad Type|
REGULAR S PAD (NORMAL), DUAL ARM S PAD (OPTIONAL)