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DSC02712I am not sure where to start. For me it was one of the best educational experiences of my career, bar none. I am not saying that because I organized it, but because for first time I was able to sit back, enjoy it and absorb it. Words cannot do justice to the experience at this year’s GAIN. From the start with introductions the first evening during a torrential downpour (As it can only rain in Texas) to the finish Sunday morning the bar was raised. A combination of the faculty who raised the level of expectation through the quality of their presentations and willingness to share and the delegates who came to learn and share, it was special. It was everything I had dreamed it would be when I started GAIN five years ago. Just like any project growth is a process and it takes time, the GAIN V crew has set a very high standard for all subsequent GAIN’s to reach and exceed.

GAIN is an acronym for Gambetta Athletic Improvement Network. GAIN Apprentorship = Apprenticeship + Mentorship. Everyone who attends applies, not everyone who applied is selected. The goal is define the field of athletic development. There are three thrusts in GAIN: 1) Athletic Development or what some people still prefer to call Strength and Conditioning, 2) Sports Medicine, and 3) Physical Education. The three areas have more in common that they do difference. The mission is to provide a learning environment where professionals can share ideas across disciples and learn from each other and the instructors. The network emphasis provides a vehicle to continue to share and exchange ideas when they leave the five day coaching course through a secure website that has a forum to exchange ideas and a library of educational resources. The mentorship is something that I provide as well as various members of the faculty and delegates. Over the five years of GAIN it has been wonderful to see people grow as professionals through the mentorship and learning.

This is the second year we have had GAIN at Rice University. The Rice athletic department and especially the men’s track team and Assistant coach Casey Thom has bent over backwards to help us. We use the Rice facilities and stay in the dorms so that is it is 24/7 total immersion five days.

The following is our schedule; it is a busy and demanding schedule. Tomorrow I will highlight each of the instructors and show some pictures.

Tuesday June 12

1:00 to 3:00

Time with Vern (For anyone arriving early – Informal discussion)

2:30 to 5:30

Registration & Check into Rooms at Rice College Commons Area

5:30 to 7:00

Dinner

7:00 to 7:30

Introduction and Structure of GAIN Apprentorship

7:30 to 8:30

Introductions

8:30 to 9:00

Meet with Discussion Groups

9:00 -

Social Interaction – Informal at Valhalla pub on campus

 

Wednesday June 13

6:30 to 7:45

Morning Active Learning Sessions (Stations) Theme: Coordination & Body Awareness

7:45 – 9:15

Breakfast

9:15 to 10:00

Foundations of Physical Literacy – Movement ABC’s (Gambetta)

10:00 to 11:00

Physical Education – Why We Are Where We Are (Thomas)

11:00 to 12:15

A Leg to Stand, A Leg to Land On (Fober)

12:15 to 1:30

Lunch

1:30 to 3:30

Return to Play Strategies (Knowles)

3:30 to 3:45

Break

3:45 to 5:30

Planned Performance Reconditioning (Knowles)

5:30 to 7:00

Dinner

6:30 to 7:00

Newbies Only - Orientation to GAIN Web Site and Forum (Joe P. & VG)

7:00 to 8:00

Interest Groups (Athletic Development, Physical Education, Sports Med)

8:00 to 9:00

Discussion Groups

9:00 -

Social Interaction – Informal at Valhalla pub on campus

 

Thursday June 14

6:30 to 7:45

Morning Active Learning (Stations) Theme: Strength & Plyo’s

Newbies – Foundations of Olympic Lifting Technique (Fober)

7:45 – 9:15

Breakfast

9:15 to 10:30

The Oregon System – Play the Way You Train (Radcliffe)

10:30 to 11:15

Physical Competency Assessment - Concepts (Gambetta)

11:15 to 12:15

Numbers In to Action - PCA Case Study Illinois Volleyball (Ballard)

12:15 to 1:30

Lunch

1:30 to 3:00

The Oregon System – Play the Way You Train (Radcliffe)

3:00 to 3:15

Break

3:15 to 4:30

PCA Practical (Ballard, Przytula, Ryan)

4:30 to 5:30

Agility – Practical (Radcliffe)

5:30 to 6:30

Dinner

6:30 to 7:00

Optojump Presentation

7:00 to 7:15

Planned Performance Training – Intro for Discussion (Gambetta)

7:15 to 8:00

Discussion Groups - Planned Performance Training

8:00 to 9:00

Interest Groups (Athletic Development, Physical Education, Sports Med)

9:00 -

Social Interaction – Informal at Valhalla pub on campus

 

Friday June 15

6:30 to 7:45

Morning Active Learning (Stations) Theme: Flexibility

7:45 – 9:15

Breakfast

9:15 to 10:15

Fueling (Ellis)

10:15 to 12:15

Sprint Mechanics – Concepts (Bosch)

12:15 to 1:30

Lunch

1:30 to 2:30

Sprint Mechanics – Application (Bosch)

2:30 to 4:00

Recovery (Benton)

4:00 to 5:00

Supplementation (Ellis)

5:00 to 5:30

Newbies – Wound Healing (Ryan)

5:30 to 7:00

Dinner

6:30 to 7:00

ASICS Presentation

7:00 to 8:00

Interest Groups (Athletic Development, Physical Education, Sports Med)

7:30 to 9:00

Discussion Groups

9:00 -

Social Interaction – Informal

 

 

 

Saturday June 16

6:30 to 7:45

Morning Active Learning (Stations) Theme: Core Exercise

7:45 – 9:15

Breakfast

9:15 to 10:30

Skill Acquisition (Bosch)

10:30 to 11:45

Reflex Strength Training (Bosch)

11:45 to 12:15

Assembling & Managing a Performance Team (Benton)

12:15 to 1:30

Lunch

1:30 to 2:30

Reflex Strength Training – Practical (Bosch)

2:30 to 3:30

Making PE Physical and Educational (Thomas)

3:30 to 5:00

Training in Extreme Environments and Conditions (Lockette)

5:00 to 5:30

Kinesio Capture Presentation

5:30 to 6:00

Discussion and Q & A

6:00 to 7:00

Dinner

7:00

Free Evening – On Your Own to Enjoy Houston or Visit with Instructors

 

 

 

Sunday June 17

7:00 to 8:00

Breakfast

8:00 to 9:30

Hip to Shoulder- Theory and Practice (Przytula)

9:30 to 10:00

Testing (Benton)

10:00 to 11:30

Coaching the Intangibles (Shere)

11:30 to 12:00

Coaching Excellence & Summary (Gambetta)

12:15 to 1:30

Lunch & Checkout

 

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