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Reactive Coaching For Athletic Development?

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What is ‘Reactive Coaching’?

 

Do you coach ‘to the plan’ or ‘above the clipboard’?

 

This is one of the most incredibly important factors that separate good Coaches from great ones’.

 

What is Athletic Development?

 

A fad ‘catch-phrase’ or something we truly need to understand?

 

Watch this…

 

… You’re going to be surprised:

 

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Back to School with the IYCA

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IYCA Education Time…

IYCA

 

September marks the beginning of yet another long school year for kids all over the world.

 

I remember distinctly the feelings I had as the lazy summer days came to a close and the word ‘responsibility’ started
circulating through my daily thoughts.

 

Responsibility to wake up earlier than I had been used to.

 

Get to class on time.

 

Diligently tend to my homework nightly.

 

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Teaching Olympic Lifts – Video

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Olympic Lifts Coaching

 

The Olympic Lifts are a great tool to use when developing young athletes…

 

… And Coach Wil Fleming is one of the best at teaching them properly.

 

Watch this:

 

 

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Young Athletes: Individual and Team Training – Mutually Exclusive?

 

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Young Athletes Coaching

I have seen a fair amount of discussion on the merits of individual long term training vs. team long term training.  I will submit a later entry to compare short term vs. long term training.  My question is:  Why do any of these things have to be mutually exclusive?

 

All I want to do here is share some approaches I or associates have used in the past with my young athletes:

 

Whole team long term training:

 

The positives: There is a long term relationship where the team can get used to a certain approach.  You get to interact with the kids possibly throughout the critical athletic development years.  Additionally, kids get to train with each other, and build team camaraderie.  This approach can make training more affordable, and possibly result in more revenue.

 

The negatives (dependent on number of coaches and approach):  Less one-one attention and some movement difficulties can fall through the cracks.  There is less flexibility of routine and adjustment to routine when training a whole team (though the long term part of it helps to ease that a little).

 

Individual long term training:

 

Positives: There is a long term relationship where the coach can closely monitor the student.  Movement difficulties can be more easily addressed.  There is total freedom in adjusting to what makes this particular child “tick”.

 

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Kids Coaching: My Memories – Part One

 

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Kids Coaching teaches us

Blake came to me as a quiet, shy and terribly uncoordinated
8th grader.

 

13 years old and quite tall for his age, I knew the second I saw
him that I was going to like the kid.

 

He never said much and certainly had a great deal of difficulty
learning how to perform even the most basic of exercises, but
he was steadfast in his work ethic and always brought a good
energy to the training center.

 

I learned a lot over the years from kids coaching and from Blake.

 

Mostly, how to enjoy and appreciate the very small things in life.

 

His last training session with me was on a humid and sweaty
Chicago-style, August afternoon.

 

Walking into my facility, I noticed an unfamiliar bounce to his
stride and a larger than usual, ear-to-ear grin on his face.

 

"What’s goin’ on, my friend" I greeted him.

 

"Why such a perky smile?"

 

"Tomorrow, football tryouts start and I’m geared up!" he replied.

 

I tend to get tunnel vision as the summer months dwindle down.
I have dozens upon dozens of college athletes returning to play
fall sports and even more high school kids phasing up for
football and basketball.

 

"That’s right! What position you trying out for? You expecting
a ton of playing time, I assume?" I asked.

 

"Don’t care to be honest. Just looking forward to strapping on a
helmet and being part of a team"

 

His answer struck something in me that I didn’t quite understand at
the time, but would be overwhelmed with a few short months later.

 

Fast forward.

 

Late September, same year.

 

Blake was attending the same high school that I served as Head
Strength Coach at.

 

Great bunch of kids all around.

 

Dedicated, hard working and a Coaching Staff that truly valued the
kid inside the athlete.

 

And I’ll be honest…

 

I ADORED Friday nights.

 

I got to patrol the sidelines.

 

Home games especially.

 

There is just something magical about high school football in the cool
autumn air.

 

So there I was.

 

Patrolling as usual.

 

Laid back as I am in my daily life, I get ultra-serious and intense when
it comes to competition.

 

My own or my athletes.

 

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Youth Fitness: Why Coaching Matters

 

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Youth Fitness Coaching Counts

 

The DVD’s from the IYCA Youth Fitness International Summit will be made available
next week.

 

If you weren’t there, you missed out on an event that was considered
‘Life Changing’ by many in attendance.

 

Watch for my announcement in a few days and be sure to pick up
your complete copy of the First Annual IYCA International Summit.

 

The Business of Coaching Young Athletes

 

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Coaching Young Athletes Is Not Enough

It never stops amazing me how much ignorance floats around our
Coaching Young Athletes industry.

 

I really don’t mean that in a bad way, but the crassness of the
comment is something I need you to take note of.

 

 

"Just become a great Coach. That’s all you’ll ever need to make
a living in this field"

 

"Be the best Coach possible and clients will flock to you"

 

 

Are you fully aware how wrong and untrue that is?

 

Without question, becoming the very best Coach possible is THE
most important ingredient to you both doing right by this profession
and earning the kind of living your worth.

 

But without business skills, marketing knowledge and operating
systems, your career is literally doomed to fail.

 

Or at very least, you are 100% condemned to be paid by the hour
for your entire working life.

 

And while that may not sound horrible to you, it truly is.

 

What if you get ill and can’t work?

 

Where do you turn if the economy continues to sink and clients
just don’t have the funds to pay you anymore?

 

How can you build wealth and retire comfortably?

 

These are questions we never ask ourselves in this industry
and it drives me crazy.

 

We are highly trained and well-regarded professionals offering a
necessary service.

 

How can we continue to do the disservice of not taking our own Coaching Young Athletes
careers seriously?

 

Well there are some of us who recognize this and want to help
you change your fortunes.

 

 

:: Complete business operating systems
:: The ‘dream mentality’ that creates real success
:: Marketing secrets that work every time

 

 

Interested?

 

Click on the link below and see what I’m talking about –

 

http://tinyurl.com/fasttracktofitness

 

 

– Brian

 

 

How to Become a Leader in Athlete Development

 

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Athlete Development Leaders

Leadership is something that gets spoken about quite a bit in the
fitness, athlete development and sport training world.

 

But what is a leader?

 

What are leadership qualities?

 

I found it interesting when thinking about the tone and content of
this article to realize that we often completely misunderstand the
word as well as its meaning.

 

We always think of ‘leadership’ as the ACT of being in charge of
a group and perhaps becoming their mentor.

 

But upon reflection, I had an awakening.

 

True leadership isn’t simply about ACTING as a leader or mentor.

 

It’s the essence of being ABLE to.

 

Do you have the ABILITY to lead?

 

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Training Teaching And Coaching Young Athletes

 

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Coaching Young Athletes

Do you Teach or Train and deliver great coaching young athletes?

 

If you are like most coaches and trainers I am familiar with, you likely ‘train’ your athletes as a means to elicit biomotor improvement.

 

You work on various forms of sprints and jumping in order to develop ‘blazing speed’.

 

You lift weights or perform bodyweight exercises to increase ‘mammoth strength’.

 

You set out cones and have your young athletes practice elaborate movement drills as a way of improving their ‘stealth-like agility’.

 

These types of exercises in themselves are not problematic or bad per say…

 

But they are only quasi-beneficial and extremely narrow-scoped if you aren’t looking to teach your young athletes the skills they need to perform these drills and set them up to improve on the next level.

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Kids Fitness And The Little Things about Coaching…

Kids Fitness Coaching Tip. By Brian Grasso

Great kid.

 

Hard worker.

 

Lots of talent.

 

But very quiet and tends to get left out in other kids fitness partner drills.

 

It’s very faint in the video, but you can just barely hear me talking to him.

 

I’m inspiring him based on what I’ve seen about his personality.

 

Talking just to him.

 

Notice the ‘high five’ and quick pat on the stomach at the end of his set.

 

Sometimes it’s good to motivate loudly.

 

Other times it’s effective to be highly energetic and charismatic.

 

But you have to understand your audience and determine how best they will listen to your message.

 

In this case, I felt it was critical to let him know I thought he did a great job without being overly exuberant about it.

 

The Art of Coaching Kids fitness at work…

 

 

 

 

Training Young Athletes Everyday: Why The IYCA Works

 

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Training Young Athletes Coaching Insight

I’m an internet guru.

 

I’m a corporate type.

 

I’ve lost touch because my computer chair and my backside have become great friends these past few years.

 

Really?

 

Why don’t you have a look at this 60 second video and find out if that’s true…

 

 

Isn’t it time you became associated with a young, vibrant and energetic fitness organization that actually UNDERSTANDS what it’s like to be you?

 

The kind of organization that is on the cutting-edge of a market ready to explode.

 

The kind of organization who CREATES OPPORTUNITIES for its members because our members are direct images of ourselves.

 

We aren’t about awarding you credentials so you can add three or four letters after your last name.

 

We’re about creating change and Training Young Athletes.

 

Revolutionizing an industry.

 

And empowering you to enjoy the kind of successful and fulfilling careers we enjoy every day of our lives.

 

The IYCA – It’s what’s ‘new’ and ‘real’

 

Tomorrow I shut the door.

 

Maybe it’s time you gave us a second look –

 

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