The other day, I read the argument again that 'most field and court sports are more about acceleration than absolute sprint speed, so let's focus most, or all of our sprint training on acceleration'.
I have a hard time with this view because I feel that both acceleration and absolute sprinting should be mainstays in a program regardless of sport. Sure some sports involve mostly accelerations of about 10-20 meters, and some even shorter (i.e. volleyball), yet many who train these athletes do not think twice about using a training method in the weight room that will never be found on the field or court. Neglecting any aspect of sprinting that uses primarily alactic anaerobic metabolism, I feel is a major mistake. The range of movement and velocity of sprint running leaves too much to be garnered to be ignored.
I am not going to spend much time re-wording my logic since I have done this before...
Acceleration and Absolute Speed
Conditioning or Speed Reserve
... but I am going to point out a recent article written by Matt Gardner, who puts it very succinctly:
Acceleration Imbalance Part 1