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March 2014 Blog Posts (31)

Perfect Practice

Practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes…

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Added by John Mikula on March 31, 2014 at 8:04am — No Comments

GAIN Professional Development Community - 2014 Schedule

Don't miss out on this special professional development opportunity. Below is the faculty and the teaching schedule for this year. To apply go to http://thegainnetwork.com/joingain

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 29, 2014 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Be Humble

Foundational Beliefs #12 Be Humble

Last but not least be humble. Humility certainly is a virtue that has become scarce in sport today. Be thankful for what you have and learn to appreciate the athletes you coach no matter what level of ability. Coaching is so special, it is a real privilege to be able to help people grow and excel to reach their potential. Just the process is humbling in itself because there is so much that is out of our hands. That should serve as a reminder…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 29, 2014 at 10:08am — No Comments

Be Passionate and Enthusiastic

Foundational Beliefs #11 Be Passionate and Enthusiastic

To me passion and enthusiasm underscores everything I do as a coach. It conveys belief in what I do. Passion is a powerful fuel. Enthusiasm is important but it must be real, not a phony front. There is no excuse for not having passion and enthusiasm. They come from the heart. Be real and genuine and it will reflect in your athletes.

Added by Vern Gambetta on March 28, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

A Little More on Simplicity in Coaching

Sport performance occurs in an information rich, dynamic environment that requires complex coordination patterns to produce optimum performance. Along with that we need to understand that the body is self-organizing – it will find a way to get the job done if we put it in position to do so - The implication being to use more implicit learning and let the sport or the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 27, 2014 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Less Is More - Simplicity Yields Complexity

Foundational Beliefs #10 Less Is More - Simplicity Yields Complexity

As coaches very early on most of us were taught K.I.S.S. – Keep it Simple Simon. Sounds good but how many actually follow it? Simplicity yields complexity. You start with the basics and progress systematically by achieving mastery of each step.…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 27, 2014 at 7:04am — No Comments

What Matters Most?

German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) once remarked that "those things which matter most must never be at the mercy of those that matter least."  For me, this statement  continues to guide much of what I do while working with others on human performance.  In terms…

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Added by John Mikula on March 26, 2014 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Never Take No For Answer

Foundational Beliefs #9 Never Take No For Answer

It may sound negative or contrary but I have always refused to take no for an answer. I learned early on not to listen to the naysayers and those who said I could not do something. Telling me no or I could not do something only served to strengthen my resolve. I would not…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 26, 2014 at 9:36am — No Comments

Always Ask Why?

Foundational Beliefs #8 Always Ask Why?

It is too easy to focus on what you do, that is what everyone does. I learned early in my coaching career that if I did not know why then ultimately what I was doing was not going to be very effective. It is not good enough that something works or something failed, I want to know…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 25, 2014 at 4:22am — No Comments

Embrace The Difference – Nobody Is The Same

Foundational Beliefs #7 Embrace The Difference – Nobody Is The Same

Recognize that no two athletes are the same. They may be in the same sport, in the same event or play the same position, no matter – they are different. It is the difference that makes coaching so interesting. The differences can be very overt or very subtle but as coaches we must take them into account if we want to be effective. Remember one size does not fit all. The key is to get them all to the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 24, 2014 at 8:36am — No Comments

Use All Dimensions Of Communication

Foundational Beliefs #6 Use All Dimensions Of Communication

Coaches are usually great at talking, but talking is only one dimension of communication. A wise man once said you have two eyes, two ears and one mouth for a reason. It is easy to talk, but that is not necessarily communication. Are they listening? Are you…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 23, 2014 at 9:52am — No Comments

Relentlessly Pursue Personal & Professional Growth and Learning

Foundational Beliefs #5 Relentlessly Pursue Personal & Professional Growth and Learning

In my opinion you must continually work at getting better both personally and professionally. I was taught that you never know enough. Neither of my parents graduated from high school, they instilled in me very early early that learning was the key to success. I am constantly reading books and research articles and dialoging with other professionals. One of the main reasons I…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 22, 2014 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Embrace and Lead Change

Foundational Beliefs #4 Embrace and Lead Change

Nothing is more constant and more uncomfortable that change. I came to the realization many years that if change is constant, then as a coach I should take the initiative and lead change rather than react to it. In so many ways our success as coaches is defined by how well…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 21, 2014 at 8:10am — No Comments

Focus on the Process - The Pursuit Of Excellence Has It’s Own Rewards

Foundational Beliefs #3 Focus on the Process  - The Pursuit Of Excellence Has It’s Own Rewards

It is so easy to get caught with results either in training and competition and lose sight of the process. The process is the how, the means of getting to the desired end result. It has been my observation that those coaches…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 20, 2014 at 8:19am — No Comments

It Is Always About The Athlete

Foundational Beliefs #2 - It Is Always About The Athlete

It is so easy to get caught up in the intricacies of technique and training and lose focus on the athlete. It is the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 19, 2014 at 5:06am — 1 Comment

Coach & Teach The Way You Would Want To Be Coached & Taught

Foundational Beliefs #1- Coach & Teach The Way You Would Want To Be Coached & Taught

One of my biggest motivations in coaching is to NOT coach the way I was coached when I played football in college. It was characterized by physical and mental abuse with motivation (If you want to call…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 18, 2014 at 8:10am — No Comments

Foundational Beliefs – Guiding Lights

The following are some of the basic tenants that I believe in as a coach. These are foundational beliefs that make up the pillars of my coaching philosophy. I was taught from day one as a coach that the philosophy is the guiding light, the beacon that guides you through the good times and the bad. They may be of assistance to you in defining how and what you do as a coach. In future blogs I will elaborate on each of them…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 17, 2014 at 8:50am — No Comments

Tips to Crush the Combine Tests

It is that time of year where all eyes are in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. Where numbers rule and fractions of seconds can mean the difference between millions of dollars; all eyes on a battery of performance tests. The NFL Network devotes and entire week of coverage and now that it is concluded; analysts will debate over the meaning of the results from now until the NFL draft in May. The combine is a big deal for players, coaches, and owners alike. The amount of emphasis placed on the…

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Added by Mark Watts on March 13, 2014 at 11:40am — No Comments

The need for off-season speed. It's not what you think!

Speed is built in the gym but technique is perfected on the field. The one thing that sticks out is that the majority of the coaches I observe during the off-season, that are having athletes do speed and agility drills are using the drills more for conditioning than actual mechanics and footwork. There is a time and place for that but the off-season shouldn’t be that time. Off-season, when it comes to speed, be it lineal speed or lateral (change of direction) is the time to begin…

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Added by Joe Marino on March 10, 2014 at 11:23pm — No Comments

The Posterior Chain – Why?

Ten years ago I never heard the term “posterior chain” now I see it everywhere in both training and rehab literature. What is the posterior chain? Why did it appear out of nowhere? Is it a meaningful term or a term of convenience without real meaning?

In a training manual…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on March 9, 2014 at 10:05am — No Comments

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