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Coaching Art & Science

To be an effective coach it is necessary to be informed by science and artist to rival da Vinci. We know so much more today from a scientific perspective than when I started coaching 48 years ago and the information is easily accessible. But are we applying it as well as we can? We can do better. We have several generations of coaches who have been driven by science but come up short in the art, the practice and the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 30, 2017 at 11:52am — No Comments

Effective Training/Training Effectively

One of the biggest mistakes I have seen in training design is biased one sided training that emphasizes one component of training to the exclusion of others. Effective training demands that all components of training be trained throughout the training year. Different components receive different emphasis depending on the time of the year, stage of career, competitive schedule. As I design my training I think of…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 20, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Coaching Wisdom from a Master Coach Clay Erro

2014-06-21 04.28.57 Clay is the former football coach at Enterprise High School in Redding California. He is the winningest football coach in Northern California history. We have been privileged to have Clay as a GAIN faculty member. More important than his success was his ability to teach young men to…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 16, 2017 at 7:47am — No Comments

Tactical Periodization – Is it really new?

What exactly is tactical periodization? Is it the newest buzzword or a new name for what great coaches have always done? Before you jump on the bandwagon and try to understand some of the poorly translated Portuguese books and interviews on the subject look at history for a minute. Look at Dean Smith and John Wooden – they did not call it tactical periodization but their practices were designed to thoroughly and…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 10, 2017 at 7:47am — No Comments

Difference Makers

Big things do matter, but the little things also matter. Pay attention to detail but never get caught up the minutiae and lose sight of the big picture

Leadership matters. It must be strong and consistent.

Strong, clear & compelling…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 6, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments

Difference Makers

Big things do matter, but the little things also matter. Pay attention to detail but never get caught up the minutiae and lose sight of the big picture

Leadership matters. It must be strong and consistent.

Strong, clear & compelling…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 6, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments

More on the Coaching Process

No algorithm, no formula – High degree of emotional intelligence & flexibility
 
Grounded in…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 4, 2017 at 7:14am — No Comments

More on the Coaching Process

No algorithm, no formula – High degree of emotional intelligence & flexibility
 
Grounded in…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 4, 2017 at 7:14am — No Comments

More on the Coaching Process

No algorithm, no formula – High degree of emotional intelligence & flexibility
 
Grounded in…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 4, 2017 at 7:14am — No Comments

Stop and Think

Before the day starts today take a minute and reflect. Why are you doing what you are doing when you are doing it and with whom are doing it? If you can’t sensibly and logically answer these questions in the context of the whole development process of the athlete then maybe you should not be doing it

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 2, 2017 at 8:27am — No Comments

Stop and Think

Before the day starts today take a minute and reflect. Why are you doing what you are doing when you are doing it and with whom are doing it? If you can’t sensibly and logically answer these questions in the context of the whole development process of the athlete then maybe you should not be doing it

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 2, 2017 at 8:27am — No Comments

Stop and Think

Before the day starts today take a minute and reflect. Why are you doing what you are doing when you are doing it and with whom are doing it? If you can’t sensibly and logically answer these questions in the context of the whole development process of the athlete then maybe you should not be doing it

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 2, 2017 at 8:27am — No Comments

Neural Confusion

Neural confusion is a term, a metaphor if you will, that I use to explain what happens when you use exercises that attempt to isolate one muscle at one joint either to enhance performance or to prevent injury. Let recognize that the brain does not recognize individual muscles rather it recognizes and organizes patterns of movement to take advantage of muscle synergies. Attempting to isolate an individual muscle…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 21, 2017 at 9:32am — No Comments

The Glue

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What is the glue that binds everything together in your program? Everyone does the same exercises, practices and trains in similar manners. What is your difference maker – the glue? You may not be able to see it, but successful programs have it. It is what gives depth and…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 19, 2017 at 7:28am — No Comments

The Little Engine That Could - I Think I can & I Will

Maybe this is subliminal programming from my childhood, but I grew up thinking I could. One of my favorite books as a child was the Little Engine That Could. When I had children, I read it to them at least once a week. There is a clear message – Embrace the challenge. Look at possibilities. What can you do? How can you do it? Take one step at a time, move forward, never look…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 18, 2017 at 8:23am — No Comments

Green Eggs and Ham

Green eggs and ham uses 50 different words and only one of those words has more than one syllable!…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 22, 2017 at 7:52am — No Comments

Stop and Think

Before the day starts today take a minute and reflect. Why are you doing what you are doing when you are doing it and with whom are doing it? If you can’t sensibly and logically answer these questions in the context of the whole development process of the athlete then maybe you should not be doing it.

Added by Vern Gambetta on August 21, 2017 at 6:15am — No Comments

Coaching Pitfalls – Taper and Pre-season

Over the years, I have seen that there are two periods of the year where good coaching can go awry: The pre-season training period and the taper. Both are essential but both are fraught with perils and pitfalls characterized by the same root cause – the willingness/desire/need/obsession to do more than is necessary. Ultimately do to insecurity and…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 18, 2017 at 7:32am — No Comments

Old Coach - Young Coach

As a young coach, I was sure I knew everything and I was dumb enough to tell everyone who would listen and some who would not. I thought a lot of the old coaches were out of it, behind the times. They did not subscribe to the latest fads and speak in fancy jargon, they just consistently produced results. My biggest regret is taking too long to figure this out. Those old coaches knew what they did know and they did it very well they seldom if ever strayed from the basics. When they did…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 1, 2017 at 7:26am — No Comments

Some Coaching Advice to Make You A Better Coach

Here is some practical actionable advice from an old coach raised in an analog age:

Leave your iPhone and iPad in the office. Put the Go Pro away.

              STOP! LOOK!…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 30, 2017 at 6:36am — No Comments

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