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My Sports and Coaching Books of the Year

My Sports and Coaching Books of the Year. Notice the placing of the Wade Gilbert book - Coaching is the foundation!…

Best Sports Books


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 21, 2016 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Old School

I may be an old man but one thing I am not is old school. I will use the metaphor of the increased awareness of the quality of vinyl records. Some call them old school, but there is a reason why people who are true aficionados of music are going back to vinyl – the sound is better, you can hear rhythms and tempo that are lost on tape or on CD’s. Next month God willing I will start my forty-eighth year on this…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 21, 2016 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Go Analog and Start Coaching Now

Try this for one week. When you go out to coach leave your cell phone and iPad in the office. Put the Go Pro away. Turn off the GPS. Watch the athlete, see how they more, how they accumulate those numbers you ponder over. Don’t measure bar speed instead watch the lift. Oh and by the way don’t forget that all training is velocity based. Put the wellness questionnaire in the drawer and greet your athletes and ask them…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 20, 2016 at 9:29am — No Comments

Some of These Things

Some of these things don't look like the others, at least from a human, systemic…


Added by John Mikula on December 17, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Adaptations to Exercise

"When challenged with any physical task, the human body responds through a series of integrated changes in function that involve most, if not all, of its physiologic systems."

Physiological Responses and Long Term Adaptations to Exercise. Centers for Disease Control.

It's a no-brainer that there are human adaptations to the stimulus called exercise. Adaptations… Continue

Added by John Mikula on December 15, 2016 at 3:06pm — No Comments


Everyone does stuff. What is your stuff? Where did you get that stuff? How do you if the stuff you do works? Is your stuff better than my stuff? Maybe we need to get beyond stuff and focus on the why, how and when. Vern Gambetta, Director of Good Stuff, Gambetta Sports Training Systems

Added by Vern Gambetta on December 15, 2016 at 8:22am — No Comments

Shock Treatments

In the field of psychology, electrical shock treatments are used somewhat of a last resort with various forms of mental illness when other activities and medicines don't seem to work. The idea of "shock training" with athlete groups using special operator teams or cross-fit gurus seems to be quite popular, but I'm skeptical of the long-term benefits. Having worked in the military sector for many years, I don't know of any athletic group or sports team that would train with anywhere near the… Continue

Added by John Mikula on December 14, 2016 at 9:19am — No Comments

If you can't even do THIS ONE THING don't bother using technology

The mission of the Coach Your Best podcast is to create a conversation designed to provide you with tips and strategies to help make your athletes better!

Here in part two of the series with Coach Carl Valle we discuss:

  • What exactly does the…

Added by Jeremy Boone on December 13, 2016 at 9:08am — No Comments

A Word About Injuries

I spent some time this week reviewing analytics pertaining to NFL injuries. Pretty fascinating stuff.  Interestingly, it would be hard to definitively say that just because a team has a lot of injuries, their record is poor.  However, we could surmise that as injuries mount, the path to winning increasingly gets harder, especially if the injuries relate to man-games lost by starters.  This is evident in the available data up to week 13 in the NFL.…


Added by John Mikula on December 10, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

3 Things a Coach MUST Do When Getting Data From An Athlete

The mission of the Coach Your Best podcast is to create a conversation designed to provide you with tips and strategies to help make your athletes better!

This episode with Coach Carl Valle does just that!

Here in part one of our conversation we…


Added by Jeremy Boone on December 9, 2016 at 1:25pm — No Comments

What exactly is professional development?

Here are some of my thoughts on professional development:

First: I do not count time on the Internet reading training porn written by keyboard cowboys with no skin in the game, time on the Internet on sites like Ted, Seth Godin do count. They challenge you and make you think.

Second: Read books and research articles in and out of your field. Read authors that challenges your thinking. I try to read 100 books a…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 8, 2016 at 7:37am — No Comments

The Coaching Development Pathway

I originally posted this five years ago. I think given the state of coaching today it is worth reprinting.

Frank Dick developed this coaching development pathway. It is a clear pathway, but more importantly it signifies it is a growth process. There is no set timeline; it occurs step-by-step based on mastery at each step the coach must earn their way through the pathway. (Please note: the titles are from Frank Dick, the descriptors are my…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 6, 2016 at 10:49am — No Comments

Breadth of Experience

If there's any one dynamic that I've benefited from professionally is that of having a very diverse breadth of experience. I don't say this to highlight me, but, rather to stress the value of work-experience diversity. Diversity working with very young, potential athletes to high school football and baseball athletes to college hockey players, to helping elderly WWII veterans improve their strength and fitness. I've worked in the NFL with some of the very best at that level to working with… Continue

Added by John Mikula on December 6, 2016 at 10:12am — No Comments

GAIN 2017 - Apply Now

GAIN_logo_new copy GAIN is a community of professionals eager to learn and willing to share ideas and information. GAIN is not about more exercises, sets, reps and training methods it is about passionate people who pursue excellence with honesty, integrity and respect to make a difference in the lives of the people we coach and teach. This is the tenth year of GAIN; it started…


Added by Vern Gambetta on December 1, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments

Some Thoughts, Reflections & Advice on Coaching

Keep Learning

There is no one way or an answer

Be Humble

Know what you know and learn what you don’t know

Don’t reinvent the wheel

Know History

Stay curious & keep asking questions

Coaching is a craft, be a skilled craftsperson

Make mistakes and learn from them

It’s not about you; it is all about the…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 21, 2016 at 7:45am — No Comments


Training athletes and tactical warriors in a dynamic manner means that the training program is progressive, is adaptable, is productive and rewarding with the end game being to help facilitate better performance production outside of the training environment. Within this context, healthy competitors are much more likely to produce during competition than those who aren't healthy. "Health" is a general term to include physical and emotional healthiness (well-being). Overtraining, repetitive… Continue

Added by John Mikula on November 18, 2016 at 7:46am — No Comments


I cannot overestimate the value of being "healthy" as an athlete or tactical warrior. Yet, this status very often takes a back seat to the cumulative effects on the human body for overly-developing niche aspects of fitness such as explosiveness and power. Sure, injuries and various levels of health are a reality of trying to compete at a high level and a variable in the unpredictable nature of sports. But, we should not accept that being injured is a reality of the training process. To the… Continue

Added by John Mikula on November 15, 2016 at 8:19am — No Comments


We hear a lot in the field about trying to create powerful athletes, explosive athletes, and strong athletes.  These are great attributes and very beneficial, but unless these outcomes are part of a dynamic process geared towards a specific application, what really is the benefit?

Dynamic is a word that's maybe misunderstood in the profession.  According to The Oxford…


Added by John Mikula on November 12, 2016 at 9:19am — No Comments

Looking at the Landscape

In athletic development certainly we are not going where no one else has gone before, we are not sailing uncharted waters, the path is clear, and the destination is obvious. That begs the question then, why with all we know and the supposed progress we have made are results so inconsistent. Why are preventable injuries at levels never seen before in sport? Do we need to take a different approach? To answer these questions we must take a long look at what got…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 11, 2016 at 10:23am — No Comments

Biased Training

I am alarmed with the biased one-sided training regimens that I see imposed on athletes. If you are doing a lot of something then you are probably not doing much of something else, a zero sum relationship. The result is a highly adapted athlete, the athlete adapts to that one component being trained. To thrive in the performance arena demands a highly adaptable athlete whose training is multidimensional that reflects the demands of the sport and the needs of the individual…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 9, 2016 at 8:07am — No Comments

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