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December 2012 Blog Posts (25)

How to Get a GA/Entry Level Position

Originally posted on

I have spent that last two days returning hundreds of emails that I have put off during the season. Most of those emails revolve around young coaches wanting to know how to get a GA or Entry Level Assistant position. Getting a Graduate Assistant or Entry level assistant position comes down to three things:

1. Are you credible? Do you have your degree, certifications, and…


Added by Ron McKeefery on December 27, 2012 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

ASK COACH MAC - Testing and FMS

Originally posted on

Good morning Ron, I had a question for you regarding performance indicators, evaluating movement, and sizing up a kid. In your experience, what would have you used for testing? How often, how much involvement did you have when it came to evaluating deficiencies, or asymmetries or was that more up to sports med? Recently there has been some criticism about the FMS given the high…


Added by Ron McKeefery on December 27, 2012 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Happy Holidays

Best wishes to all for a happy holiday season. We have much to be thankful for in this crazy world we live in. Take a moment amid all the revelry to give thanks for all the good things we have, the good people and family who have enriched our lives. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. I am looking for to sharing more of my ideas and experiences with you in 2013.

Added by Vern Gambetta on December 24, 2012 at 11:54am — No Comments

Advice to Young Coaches

Here is some advice for young coaches from my experiences. This advice reflects lessons that I learned, no need to make the same the same mistakes I made.

Be prepared to pay your dues, you don’t enlist the army as a general.…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 23, 2012 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments

Thoughts on Leading

Know the Way - To be effective make sure you and everyone involved knows the final destination.

Show the Way - Lead from from the front, set the example.

Go the Way - Get it down, meet obstacles head on and overcome.

Added by Vern Gambetta on December 21, 2012 at 1:04pm — 1 Comment

What do you coach?

Do you coach Track & Field, Football, Basketball or Swimming? Yes you do but more importantly you coach the people who compete in those sports. The human element transcends all. Anyone can learn the techniques and strategies, but to be truly effective as a coach you must coach the person. Know what makes your athletes tick. Take an interest in them as people, they are not machines, they have feeling and emotions, they have lives outside of sport. I think of…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 18, 2012 at 8:22am — No Comments


Q stands for quality. Quality is a measure of perfect. Each day, each training session we should strive for the highest quality possible. Start with perfect effort that should not be difficult. Effort sets up the outcome. Quality effort and intention leads to quality outcome. Quality training outcomes in turn yield quality competition results. To asses progress in training at the conclusion of each training session rate…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 17, 2012 at 6:55am — No Comments

Feeding the Beast

The beast – The Internet, cable television, YouTube all have an insatiable appetite for training porn. There is no filter, no checks and balances. Quote a scientific study out of context and you have the “evidence based” research needed to validate the misinformation. The fundamental training principles that I learned over forty years still hold true. We need to follow them – not some wacked fad based pseudo scientific…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 14, 2012 at 8:27am — No Comments

Introducing 2013 Central Virginia Sport Performance Seminar Presenter, Yosef Johnson

Yosef Johnson Q and A Introduction


Today we are pleased to announce another presenter for the 2013 Seminar, Yosef Johnson. Yosef is the owner and operator of Ultimate Athlete Concepts, a publishing company dedicated to providing top quality information for coaches training…


Added by Jason DeMayo on December 13, 2012 at 6:11pm — No Comments

The Coaching Classics & History

Today in my post on today on "Professional Development" I mentioned knowing the coaching classics and history. Below is a list of some of the books I consider classics that every coach must read (I have posted this list before, but think it is worthwhile to post again)

The Inner Athlete by Bob…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 13, 2012 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Professional Development

Continual professional development is a necessity. I encourage you to honestly answer the following questions to see what path you are on with your professional development.

Where and how are learning and growing professionally?…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 13, 2012 at 7:54am — No Comments

BSMPG Annual Summer Seminar - Boston May 17&18, 2013



In 2011 and 2012, BSMPG invited the titans of Sports Medicine and Performance to Boston for two of the largest conferences of their kind, and many attendees left suggesting that BSMPG Summer Seminar might just be the best conference in the country! 



Added by Art Horne on December 12, 2012 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Is It Possible To Concussion Proof an Athlete?

The answer to that question is unfortunately no. BUT we can greatly reduce the effect of violent blows to the head by building a strong neck that dissipates the force of the blow down through a strong neck cylinder into the body. It is now fact that a strong neck can minimize and reduce the devastation that contact to the head can cause. I have been a college football coach and strength coach and have seen the debilitating injuries caused by poor neck strength. We as…


Added by Mike Jolly on December 12, 2012 at 12:51pm — No Comments

GAIN 2013

GAIN_logo_new The sixth annual GAIN Apprentorship program (Gambetta Athletic Improvement Network) will be held from June 11 to June 15 at Rice University in Houston Texas. The program is open to sport coaches, conditioning coaches, physical education teachers, athletic trainers,…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 11, 2012 at 8:36am — No Comments


Talent does matter don’t fool yourself. It does not take much if you are willing to do the work to exploit the talent you have. The key is what you do with the talent you have and how you develop your talent to it's fullest extent. I could fill a book with stories of athletes that I have seen in my career with abundant talent who never came close to achieving what they were capable of based on their talent level. The…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 10, 2012 at 7:19am — No Comments

2012 European World Championships

Great photos from the 2012 European World Championships can be found here.


Added by David Harris on December 9, 2012 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Strength & Conditioning

I just started my road to becoming a S&C. I was able to volunteer my hours at ECU (East Carolina University), but I want to know what else I can do to become successful.  I want to know what types of questions should I ask the head coach and asst. coaches, and what kind of skills I need to show the coaches. 

Added by Alfonso L. Smith on December 8, 2012 at 7:49pm — 5 Comments


Trainability is determined by the athletic profile (Combination of Physical Competency Assessment & Performance Indicator tests) and extensive review of training and competition records. The key is to determine what the athlete can do, where they can start the training. Every athlete will not start training at the same level. Select modes and methods of training appropriate for the athlete’s current level of…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 8, 2012 at 8:53am — No Comments

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