Through both my articles and seminar series, I discuss the Art of youth Coaching quite frequently.
The Art of Coaching infers that it is not what you know as a coach that matters.
It’s how you can relay it to young athletes.
This is a common concern I see especially with younger coaches just out of college and still looking to impress people with there high intellect and advanced vocabulary. In fact, out industry is littered with coaches who talk a great game, seek out as much PR and notoriety as they can, but don’t truly have any degree of experience or ability when it comes to effectively applying training strategies to athletes in unique and varying settings.
In that, I want to discuss today a youth coaching strategy that I have used that truly enables young athletes to master a given technique.
If you have ever been driving in a car with a small group of teenagers and had a familiar song come on the radio, you have already experienced in practicality the essence of a rewrite strategy.
My youth fitness question to you last Friday certainly created a stir.
The IYCA Blog was literally LIT UP by passionate professionals worldwide,
all of whom chimed in with there thoughts to my query –
"What is the biggest problem in youth fitness and sport training?"
The responses were intelligent, articulate and clearly came from people who
have incredible fervor for this topic.
One of my favorite posts came from a good friend of mine.
Someone whose knowledge on the subject is truly amazing. I have enjoyed
learning from her since our first correspondence back in 2005.
Leigh Ashton is the former Director for the Long-Term Athlete Development
Program at the Millennium Institute in New Zealand and has recently opened
that country’s very first youth training center with her husband, Gareth, a man
whose intellect and passion for doing things "right" rivals Leigh’s.
Here’s what she had to say –
"This is a great thread and shows that:
A) there are many common issues worldwide with youth sports and fitness training
B) Brian and the IYCA are doing a fantastic job at calling these issues to our
I think the next issue for all of us commenting here is what we are going to do
about it? My husband and I have been friends of Brian’s since 2005 and have
just opened New Zealand’s first youth-only fitness centre.
The issue we feel strongly about (in addition to those outlined above) is for
those of us who have this knowledge to go beyond just talking about the issues
and have the courage to take action!!"
That last paragraph is as succinct and perfectly worded a message as I could
have hoped for when I asked my question last week.