Training Young Athletes: Concept vs. Cool

Training Young Athletes: exactly what the IYCA is all about. Specifically related to our Concepts when training young athletes long-term development. There are certain core values as it relates to training young athletes and people that we disclose within our ‘Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1’ certification course, and you either need to hear them or hear them again… These centralized principles extend to the entire litany of IYCA material, at large. (1) Concept vs Cool

Young Athletes & Changing A Generation

How can we ‘convince’ young people to become more fit? Is ‘convince’ even the right word? You know, it’s interesting… I’ve been carrying the ‘Youth Fitness’ torch for so long, it seems that my opinions on what we REALLY need to do for and with young athletes tends to counter what we see in mainstream media and even governmental policy. Watch this video and tell me what you think –

Youth Sports Training Evolution

Times are changing. In your life and mine. Things have also changed a great deal when it comes to Youth Sports Training… Do me a favor and watch this video:

Sport Specialization vs Sport Exclusivity

‘Sport Specialization‘. Is it truly detrimental to the long-term success of a young athlete? If so, how is it possible to spend the number of years necessary to develop the skill in a specific sport if your goal is to play at the next level? Watch this –

Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

Is there a difference in ‘Injury Prevention’ for soccer versus baseball with young athletes? How about hockey versus volleyball? Interesting topic… Watch this video on Youth Sports Injuries and see what you think:

How to Assess Young Athletes

Do you ever ‘test’ your Young Athletes? Their speed? Strength? Flexibility? If so, why? You know, most Coaches and Trainers can’t answer that question. They test because they think they’re supposed to. That they need to in order to show ‘results’. But there are other reasons…

Early Sport Specialization: Part 2

Sport specialization the brief, but telling conclusion… The study’s findings are relatively convincing. The elite group tended to devote far less time at earlier ages in sport-specific training. Additionally, early Sport Specialization was found to be a likely predictor of classification as a near-elite athlete. In other words, while the early sport specialization may have been beneficial to overall performance, the athletes who tended to excel the most had instead focused on multilateral athletic development early in their growth and avoided the high technical skill, intensity, and specificity of unique sport preparation until such foundational skills.. More »

Early Sport Specialization: Part 1

Sport Specialization Vs LTAD The IYCA has championed the notion that the long-term athletic development model, or LTAD, provides the greatest benefit to a developing athlete, in both physical and psychological aspects, over time. Contrary to ever-popular and growing model of early sport specialization, the LTAD model is intended to optimize performance slowly and equip the young athlete with foundational skills. Although far from “new,” in light of heavily marketed programs intended to maximize immediate potential sport specific gains, the commonsense simplicity of the LTAD model is starting to gain momentum with some practitioners.

The #1 Youth Sports Training Question…

Youth Sports Training with Weights At what age should a young person begin lifting weights or using Kettlebells? The question I get asked more than any other. Here’s my brief thought on the matter (taken right from the curriculum found in the IYCA’s Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1 Certification

Youth Fitness Equipment – Video

Youth Fitness Tools What do you REALLY need to train young athletes properly? What if I gave you an exact template to spend no more than $50, but with that small investment, could stock your entire Youth Fitness & Sport Training business with exactly what you needed to both: Get started now… And, be fully equipped to ‘do it right’? Think I’m crazy? Then watch this short video:

Now Available: IYCA Youth Kettlebell Instructor Course

Over the past 3 years with the IYCA, I’ve spent a lot of time considering this subject. Are Kettlebells safe for young athletes? Are they just a fad that our industry is embracing right now? Are the reputed performance gains you get from using Kettlebells real? I considered it all. And then I asked the 2 people I trust more than anyone else in the world with respect to this topic: Owners of the incredibly popular, Kettlebell Athletics.

Youth Sports Training for Large Groups

Youth Sports Training For; Mobility & Active Flexibility Injury Prevention – Mechanics Injury Prevention – Deficits Torso I had 20 minutes, one volleyball court and 50+ young athletes… So, here’s how I broke it down: (A) Mobility/Active Flexibility (7 Minutes)

Making Youth Training Work No Matter What

Youth Training Systems (1) Create An Ascension System Prior to my arrival, if you watched the Novice Teams (8 – 11 years old) go through their conditioning regime and then you watched the Senior Team (16 – 18) right after, you’d have trouble distinguishing the difference. Exercise Selection. Volume. Coaching Style/Intensity. Across the board; identical.

Youth Coaching: Bring Your “A Game”

What it really means to deliver quality Youth Coaching… … And why your young athletes deserve better: The IYCA Is All About Your youth coaching Success Click Here for Proof ==>

Youth Fitness: Summer Camps Success

Use as a template for the Youth Fitness Summer Camps you’re hosting this year: News Release For Immediate Release Contact – YOUR NAME NAME OF BUSINESS Hosts Summer Speed Program for Local Young Athletes Training System Consider One of the Best in the World DATE – Young athletes in the NAME YOUR LOCATION area will receive a very special treat this summer.

Youth Soccer Training: Part 2

Youth Soccer Training For ‘elite’ players. Does the methodology change? If so, how? Watch and find out: Is “Linear Speed Training” A Mistake? Here’s the Answer ==>

Youth Soccer Training: Part 1

Youth Soccer Training Success For Soccer Coaches and Youth Fitness Specialists: Watch This: Soccer Speed Training ==> … Actually, This Works for ALL Youth Sports not just youth soccer training: A Step-By-Step Blueprint for Making Young Athletes Faster ==>

Becoming Indispensable to Young Athletes: Part 2

The only way to get more in the future is to do more wherever you are now. Promotion in business isn’t an AWARD for the time you put in… It’s a REWARD for the hustle and indispensability you create. And the exact same holds true for your life at large. Promotion in life (better relationships, increased fulfillment, more satisfaction) is EARNED through the daily action of striving to become better.