A Tragedy We’re Just Going to Accept?

Click Here to read the related article again… "I’m not a crazy mom," said Jennifer Sherman of Ridgewood, who explained that she enrolled her 3-year-old son, Jack, because he is desperate to have his own version of baseball after watching so many of his 9-year-old brother’s games. "He wants to do this." For the record, my 4 year old daughter would ‘want’ to have ice cream every night for dinner… Sometimes, parents and coaches need to be the intermediary between what a child wants and what’s best… Please, leave your comments below: – Brian

Goal Setting for Young Athletes

Young Athletes Goals and Dreams Dreams and ambition are great. But how many times have you established a goal for yourself and not completed it? I’ll bet that number totals into the dozens. You start the process, get ultra-excited, amped-up beyond belief… … And then… Nothing. You kind of get started, but not really. You sort of create a plan, but never really follow it. You get confused, overwhelmed, discouraged and then… JUST STOP. Been there myself.

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Enhance the knowledge of youth sports/fitness professionals and volunteers throughout the world via intensive educational opportunities as well as continuing education requirements. The main purpose of the IYCA is to assist in

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‘Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1’ Certification Offered As a Pre-Conference Highlight for Perform Better Tour

Attendees in Chicago and California Invited June 10, 2010 – Attendees at Perform Better events can become certified as Youth Fitness Specialists through the International Youth Conditioning Association; #1 in Youth Fitness and Youth Sports Training. At the Providence, Rhode Island Perform Better event two weekends ago, nearly 50 Fitness Professionals enjoyed an intimate 5-hour seminar, presented by IYCA Founder and CEO, Brian Grasso. "It’s a unique setting and very unique experience for both myself and each of the attendees," said Grasso. "The Perform Better Tour is the only place that interested Fitness Professionals can become.. More »

10,000 Youth Training Programs

Youth Training Programs “Templates” became my haven for creating quality youth training programs. They saved me literally hours of time in preparation. They were perfectly based on my overall training system. They were custom built for progressions and regressions. They were ideal for use in small or large group settings. And with about two hours of preparation, I could create one sheet that added up to more than 10,000 individual training programs. Seriously It’s all based on compartmentalizing and categorization. I created a video to show you exactly how I did it.. More »

Cook Young Athletes Slow?

Young Athletes Develepment Although a rather funny way of saying it, Coach Kenn’s point cannot be ignored. Training young athletes isn’t about focusing on making them better right now – as I’ve mentioned, the biomotors will increase naturally when proper skill-based teaching is applied – what’s critical is to not char them in the process of making them better. Don’t ‘fry them’ on a high temperature. Don’t ‘barbeque’ them until their crispy. Don’t try to ‘grill’ them to a golden brown. Instead, think of training young athletes as heaping them in a crock pot with a bunch of.. More »

IYCA Family Member Creates ‘True Youth Sports’

Program Developed to Make a Difference in youth sports & Fitness Determined to make a dent in local youth obesity rates, a Brampton fitness professional is launching what he calls the city’s first fitness camp designed exclusively to help children foster a lifelong love of healthy living. "Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions with factors such as fast food, computers, TV, video games, all contributing to the problem," said David Kittner, founder of True Youth Sports Brampton Fit Camp. "Over 50 per cent of our children are overweight and almost 20 per cent are obese. We’re elated.. More »

The State of Youth Sports

Youth Sports For years, I have had to put up with youth sport coaches and parents echoing the words and mimicking the behaviors of successful coaches such as Vince Lombardi and Mike Ditka. True. You can’t argue with the success those guys had. But do you really think that yelling at 10-year old football players for making a ‘bad play’ or chastising 12-year old soccer players for ‘missing a shot’ is the best and most sane way to coach kids? Unfortunately, my arguments have fallen on deaf ears more than once over the past decade… More »

Hawaii Trainer Becomes Leading IYCA Professional

IYCA recognition News Release For Immediate Release Contact: Melissa Brady (melissa_brady@iycasupport.com) May 31, 2010: Michael Labuanan has recently become the IYCA’s most decorated professional in the world. The Hawaiian native was the first IYCA Professional to earn the organizations ‘Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 3’ distinction. The ‘Level 3’ distinction has allowed Labuanan to claim the title as the most credentialed Member of the IYCA International Family of Youth Fitness Specialists. “I love everything about the IYCA and what it stands for” said Labuanan. “I am ecstatic to be the first certified ‘Youth.. More »

Youth Fitness Training vs Long Term Athletic Development – Part 3

Youth Fitness Specialists 1) How do I explain that my IYCA credentials make me more qualified than other Trainers? As the market for youth fitness and sports training continues to increase, parents and coaches will continue seeking the services of professionals in our industry. IYCA Professionals must differentiate themselves for other local competitors for one reason: You are, by far and away, the best qualified professional in the industry to be working with young people. Common points I’ve used when explaining my credentials to parents and coaches, are: (i) It’s like a post-secondary or advanced.. More »

Youth Fitness Training vs Long Term Athletic Development – Part 2

Youth Fitness B) Using Socially Accepted Language to Create Understanding – Why Long Term Approaches are Necessary Most consumers (parents and coaches) are truly unaware of what quality athletic development training should look like. They have been conditioned through media and by our industry’s lack of foresight, to believe in the ‘one-and-gun’ style of "6-Week Programs to Increased Speed". Having said that, trying to explain verbiage such as ‘Long-Term Athlete Development’ or ‘Developmental System’ won’t typically bridge an understanding to your prospects insofar as what makes the IYCA so unique and effective. I have incurred great.. More »

Youth Fitness Training vs Long Term Athletic Development

Youth fitness A) What do I call my Athletic Development or Youth Fitness services to parents and Coaches who are otherwise laypeople and without knowledge of industry jargon? As with any marketing effort, your best potential gain comes when you are tailoring your language to the audience you are dealing with. When discussing and defining your services to Parents of young athletes or Coaches, the following words and phrases evoke the strongest emotional connection and familiarity: a. Sports Performance Training b. Sport Specific Training Although we are defined internally as ‘Long-Term Athletic Development’, the uneducated.. More »

Drug Testing for High School Athletes

High School Athletes on Steroids? Should all high school athletes be subject to mandatory drug tests? Because they are ‘role models’ for the student body at large and should therefore be held to higher standards with respect to drugs and alcohol… Because steroid use is potentially dangerous and something that must be lessened in all sports, including the high school level… Because creatine use is considered ‘unethical’ in amateur sports by many people and users need to be ‘uncovered’… Your thoughts are critical to me… Please leave them below: – Brian

The X & O Factors in Training Young Athletes

Training Young Athletes For the purposes of this article, let me say this: “Kids” is a term I will use to encompass everyone who inhabits the ages of 6 – 18. Athletes and Non-Athletes alike. Miniature superstars, bench-warmers and the overweight, will all be lumped under the same umbrella. And simply stated, I do this because the development parameters of physical stimulus needed for ALL ‘kids’ is the same – at very least in the beginning phases of training spectrum. Training stimulus with this demographic is guided, primarily, by physiology.

Youth Fitness: The Critical Timing

Youth Fitness Let me be frank and to the point here… You can open a cookbook, follow a recipe and make a nice dinner, but that doesn’t give you the skill, ability or know-how to own a restaurant. Every year and in every industry, there are specific time frames that present themselves as ‘revenue spikes’ for a business. And they are absolutely critical for success and longevity. In the retail industry, it’s the Holiday Season. In the school supplies industry, it’s August (for the back-to-school push). Knowing where and when your revenue spikes.. More »

The Inside Scoop on Youth Fitness Camps

Youth Fitness Camps … Dave, the incredbile BJ Gaddour and myself, all teamed up LAST summer to create an unbelievable Youth Fitness & Sport Training Summer Camp system that will be going on sale next week, An incredible DVD package that showcases how each of us use very different training programs to optimal success every summer within our own Youth Fitness Camps. But in addition to that, Pat Rigsby has also added a complete Business System process as well. Simply stated… If you are or want to run your very own successful and profitable.. More »