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Coaching Young Athletes Back in The Trenches: Part 1

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Coaching Young Athletes – Teaching Again

The funniest thing happened 3 weeks ago…

 

I decided to go back to the grassroots of where I started

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Now make no mistake, although my ‘full time’ coaching days are about 7 years in the rearview mirror, I’ve maintained a coaching schedule through the entire thick and thin of both developing and running the IYCA.

 

I’ve worked with volleyball clubs, high school football, soccer, track and baseball teams and even moonlighted occasionally as a guest speed and agility instructor for local youth sporting associations.

 

But this summer, I’m heading back to the trenches.

 

 

I met a very young (23), ambitious and capable Coach who owns his own facility not more than 15 minutes from my house – we started chatting and 3 weeks ago, I agreed to take a position as a ‘Coach’ at his up and coming training center.

 

No pay.

 

This time, ‘In the Trenches’ is because I love it, feel obligated (in a good way) to give back and don’t need the money in order to pay my bills.

 

So the summer of 2011 for me, will be back doing what I love most every day:

 

Making young athletes better people.

 

Job #1 has been to review this facility’s current training system and attend live sessions as an observer.

 

To see if there are holes.

 

To understand what is expected of the athletes and staff in this facility.

 

To appreciate what will be expected of me.

 

My first inspected conclusion was simple… For a 23 year old Coach, this guy has got his stuff together very well!

 

In fact, the experience of ‘watching to determine’ got me thinking that I should chronicle to you what this 23 year old does so well… Because most of it is inherent to his personality and not something he’s learned from a textbook, conference or DVD.

 

So consider these heartily as potential inclusions for yourself and your own coaching young athletes habits…

 

(1) Specific Instruction Time

 

Although not IYCA certified when we met, this particular 23 year already understood, embraced and implemented perhaps the most critical of all IYCA Tenants:

 

Don’t Train… Teach.

 

By simply feelings his way through the coaching process, this young man knew instinctively that young athletes are ‘works in progress’ and that the urge to ‘make tired through hard work’ must be tempered by the undeniable need to teach proper execution.

 

His facility is not ‘numbers’ oriented.

 

He does not appease the symptomotolgy requirements for what most consider the hallmarks of quality training with respect to young people (breathless, sweaty, can’t walk the next day).

 

Every one of his training sessions is methodical in the way he teaches complexity through simplicity, prior to implementing an exercise into a given routine.

 

I’ve been very heartened watching this and believe fully that more Coaches need to take an honest look at there programming methods with respect to proper instruction.

 

Come back tomorrow for ‘Part 2’…

 

Everything I Learned in 15 Years In the Trenches… Working With More Than 20,000 Young Athletes:

 

Click Here: http://completeathletedevelopment.com/

 

– Brian

 

Coaching Young Athletes

 

Youth Training: My Top 5 (Part 3)

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Youth Training Tip # 3

Another ‘no-brainer’ reason you need to hear about.

 

For fun, I call this our “shake the hands and kiss the babies” policy!

 

In truth, it’s one of the factors that separates the IYCA Summit from every other conference out there.

 

The Personal Touch.

 

Our Speakers are contracted, not just to present, but to be available all weekend long in order to answer YOUR questions.

 

Maybe you’ve always wanted to ask Eric Cressey something about Mobility.

 

Perhaps Mike Robertson has the key you’ve been looking for with respect to Youth Training (more…)

The Rest of the ‘Long-Term Training’ Story…

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Long term training for sports

I’ve spent this week giving you the details and insights on my presentation for the upcoming Perform

Better conferences. 

Long-Term Training Models

 

You’ve read all the important factors…

 

… Now it’s time to receive the rest of the story (the stuff that will REALLY (more…)

A New Model for Periodization: Part 1

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The degree to which the concept of ‘periodization’ still intrigues us as Fitness and Sport Training professionals truly surprises me.

 

While there are many styles, types and methods associated with periodization at large, the most commonly discussed and implemented by Coaches and Trainers worldwide remains the rather outdated ‘Linear Model’:

 

Aerobic Base (conditioning)
Strength
Power

 

My objection to this type of periodized model (or any type within which ‘Hardcore Performance Gains’ are the intention) is something I’ve both written about and lectured on for nearly 10 years.

 

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The Blunt Truth About High School Athletes

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High School Athletes

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b) Learning Exploration (10 – 13)

 

  • Very similar in terms of primarily Outcome-Based (roughly 80%) and explorative in nature. In this phase, due to increased Training, Biological and Emotional ages however, we can add points of quantified instruction. The CNS is still very plastic and therefore adaptable to change – what we become fluent in while young, we retain forever.
  • Exploration type activities (games, skills etc) are more formalized and advanced. What was a simple 180-degree jump and land, now is a 180-jump and land with transition to back pedal jog. Adding complexity to movement sequences will increase the warehousing of neural/athletic ability.
  • Teach complex, multi-joint movements in a skill set fashion (4 points that guide young high school athletes from set-up to execution. ‘Squat’, for example:
    • Set Your Feet
    • Eyes Up
    • Hips Back
    • In-Steps Off
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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 –

 

 

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Early Sport Specialization: Part 2

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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 were well established.

 

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Early Sport Specialization: Part 1

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Sport Specialization

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.

 

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The #1 Youth Sports Training Question…

 

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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 (more…)

Now Available: IYCA Youth Kettlebell Instructor Course

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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.

 

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Youth Coaching: Bring Your “A Game”

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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 ==> http://iyca.org//yfs1

 

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Youth Fitness: Summer Camps Success

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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.

 

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Becoming Indispensable to Young Athletes: Part 2

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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.

 

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Exactly How to Become The Best Youth Coach Possible…

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Youth Coach

 

OK… Here are the definitions that were emailed to me.

 

What do you think?

 

(1) Balance
The ability to remain centered while center of gravity changes within static, dynamic, locomotive and non-locomotive action

 

(2) Rhythm
The ability to express timing

 

(3) Movement
The ability or aptitude to be locomotive through varying levels and directions

 

(4) Strength
The ability to express force

 

(5) Mobility
The ability to move within free and full ranges

 

(6) Tactical
The ability to demonstrate strategic or intentional action in order to produce a desired outcomes

 Become a Youth Coach

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Teaching the Squat For Young Athletes

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Ever seen an instructional video that talked you through how to teach a squat to young athletes WITHOUT actually showing you?

 

This one you have to see…

 

 

 

Learn More About ‘Skill Sets’ and Teaching the Squat For Young Athletes. Here —> http://iyca.org/yfs1

 

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