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A simple 2 by 4, cut to a length of about 3', can be a great tool in helping develop players' calf muscles, which are critical to jump reach.
Have the players stand on the 2 by 4, resting on toes only. Then have them bounce up and down, allowing their heels to touch the floor only briefly before bouncing back up. You'll be surprised how tired players will get after only a minute of this exercise, especially at the beginning of the season, but it will pay off in the long run with higher jumps.
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