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Sport Specific Youth Training: Part 2

Sport Specific Youth Training Principles

The following are some guidelines for training and developing figure skaters from an athletic and functional perspective:

 

Promote concepts of multilateral development. This is a hard pill to swallow within the world of figure skating due to the fact that many coaches, parents and trainers are interested in pushing the limits with young kids in the hopes of national and international success. Your job as a parent or coach with young skaters is to introduce them to as much athletic stimulus as possible.

 

The nervous system of a young athlete is malleable and requires input to develop optimally. If you are prescribing little more than basic fitness and on-ice type movements, you are robbing the child of potential athletic growth and limiting his or her prospective success. Look at Kurt Browning and Elvis Stojko respectively – one played hockey the other took martial arts. Diversity contributes to athletic success not hinders it.

 

Sport Specific Youth Training

 

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How to Create High School Training Systems

Before you read how I created a High School Training System that became one of the most successful in the country, I want to invite you to this landmark event:

 

Wednesday January 19
7:30pm (EST
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“The High School Training Manifesto”

 

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3 of the very best and most successful High School Strength Coaches in the world are going to share all their secrets with you…

 

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Coaching Kids: My Memories – Part 4

 

 

Coaching Kids part 4

Hotel hallways are all I had.

 

26 figure skaters.

 

No equipment.

 

No facility.

 

I had to learn quickly how to create effective training programs
that kept National Team athletes fit and injury free while we toured
throughout Europe.

 

Now, you may be conjuring up the image of a group of supreme,
specimen-like athletes when you hear the words "National Team".

 

Well, let me assure you, in most sports, "National Team" athletes
are great at what they do to be sure, but are not always as gifted
athletically as you may think and certainly are just regular people
in every aspect of the word.

 

Much of the touring I did through Europe and North
America was spent on the team bus helping 14, 15 and 16 year
old "National Team" athletes with their grade 11 math homework!

 

Having said that, most nights I found myself in small hotels in
places like Sweden, Italy or the Czech Republic with 26 young
athletes to train and not so much as a dumbbell in site.

 

I learned to get creative quick.

 

Use what I had.

 

Most importantly, configure the athletes in a way that allowed me
to be coaching kids and council each and every one of them as individuals.

 

It’s called the "Block Strategy" and I outline it in a detailed manner
within the Youth Fitness Specialist certification – Level 1.

 

I guess at the time I didn’t know how powerful this method was,
but I certainly have come to realize it over the past few years.

 

Young athletes like Jodi Martin, who is now Dr. Jodi Martin, have
visited me or composed letters explaining just how much I meant
to them as a Coach.

 

How much I inspired.

 

How much I created self-belief.

 

How much I instilled a strong work ethic.

 

Now, I’m not telling you that to sound impressive.

 

I’m hoping to relay to you just how much influence you have and
will continue to have on your young athletes throughout their life.

 

They’ll always remember you.

 

Good or Bad… they’ll never forget you as their Coach.

 

So I guess this memory of mine is related to how much I’ve come
to realize just how many memories I’ve created for the thousands
of young athletes I’ve worked with over the years.

 

Kinda humbling.

 

The Youth Fitness Specialist certification will go a long way in
showing you all the tricks and specific features I used over the
years to ensure that I was reaching all of my young athletes
and guaranteeing that their memories would be good ones.

 

If that’s not a reason to check it out, I don’t know what
would be.

 

Here’s your exclusive link –

 

http://www.iyca.org/fitspecialist1.html

 

 

‘Til next time,

 

Brian