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Young Athletes & Their Parents

Do you involve Parents in your Young Athletes training programs?

 

Should you?

 

Does long-term success INCREASE when you do?

 

Why and How you can involve Parents in your facility or Young Athletes training programs to ensure success…

 

 

Speaking Of Long Term Success, Look At This:

 

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Youth Sports Training Technique: Part 3

Youth Sports Training

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The Importance of Speed Training for Young Athletes…

 

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Open versus Closed Habits?

 

‘Part 3’:

 

The core of technique development or learning is in the action of achieving perfect sensory-motor habits. A sensory-motor habit is simply a “learned activity of sensory and motor processes intentionally practiced to the point of nationalization”. From a physiological perspective, this entails creating a permanent conditional reflex connection that enables the exact same motor reactions to respond to the same stimuli. The development of a sensory-motor habit occurs through many stages:

 

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Youth Sports Training Technique: Part 2


Group One, Group Two & Group Three youth sports training classifications… But what else?

 

Here’s Part 2:

 

How efficiently an athlete learns the technical skills of a sport, strength training exercise or movement is determined by several variables –

 

Age – Complex skills are often understood and comprehended better by more mature athletes (although individual exceptions certainly apply).

 

Emotional State – Relaxed and easy-going athletes tend to learn and reproduce new skills better than athletes who are uptight and self-critical.

 

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Youth Sports Training Technique: Part 1

I found this archived article and wanted desperately to bring it to your attention.

 

There is SO MUCH MORE to youth sports training than just selecting some exercises and counting reps… ‘Part 1’:

 

Demonstrating good technique from a sporting perspective involves applying optimal movement ability in order to accomplish or solve a particular task effectively.  A young athlete, for instance, who demonstrates sound technical ability while running is getting from point A to point B in an effective manner.

 

Technical ability in a sport is typically the underlying measure for potential success. Good athletes are more often than not technically sound athletes. This reality, however, does not start and stop with respect to sport specific skills; this fact extends itself into the realm of general athletic development and the promotion or advancement of general movement abilities. The crux of athletic development as a science resides in the notion that before we create a sporting technician or specialist, we must first build the athlete by instilling competency in both basic and advanced movement abilities; this would include not only multi-directional movement skill but also the technical requirements of basic to advanced strength and power training exercises.

 

The technical abilities demonstrated in a given sport can be categorized based on the rules or requirements of that sport –

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Symptomatology of Training Young Athletes

 

Training young athletes… It seems that everybody dabbles in this market 

Whether the fitness or sport training professional is a Physical Therapist by trade, Personal Trainer to the average adult clientele or Strength Coach to elite sporting stars, when stating their bios and areas or expertise, it seems that the sentence always ends with ‘I am Training Young Athletes, too‘.

 

And why not, right?

 

Training young athletes is the fastest growing niche within the entire fitness industry.

It’s worth over $4 billion a year in the United States alone and more than 1 million children, youths and teens hired a Personal Trainer in 2007 – a large number for the purpose of enhancing sport performance.

 

But that term, ‘enhancing sport performance’ is something that doesn’t really belong in the vernacular of the youth sports training world. At least not in the way we currently use it.

 

At the risk of sounding acrimonious, let me ask you this question.

 

How much do you really know about human growth, development and the necessary components of training clients in the pediatric and formative years?

 

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High School Strength Certified Coach

IYCA High School Strength & Conditioning Coach Certification

Exactly as I predicted, the “High School Strength & Conditioning Coach” certification has been absolutely flying off the shelves since I released it yesterday.

 

There is an unbelievable buzz at IYCA Head Office that, quite frankly, I haven’t seen in a very long time – the whole Fitness and Sport Training industry is lighting up over this new certification!

 

 

(See what all the buzz is about by clicking here —> http://iyca.org/highschool/)

 

 

And why wouldn’t they be?

 

After all:

 

You receive a certification and gain credentials to work with the fastest growing and most ‘in need’ demographic in the entire sports training industry.

 

You learn the inside secret systems for training high school athletes by some of the most successful Coaches on the planet (Eric Cressey, Mike Robertson, Wil Fleming). 

 Until Saturday January 29, you can own the “High School Strength & Conditioning Coach” certification for a full $100 discount.

 

But perhaps the most important reason…

 

The lynchpin that is making it so practically every single Coach and Trainer worldwide wants to become a certified “High School Strength & Conditioning Coach”?

 

Because it’s a Risk Free (more…)

New: High School Strength Coach Certification

High School Strength Coach Certification

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Get the entire audio event I recorded with Eric Cressey, Mike Robertson and Wil Fleming:

 

“The High School Training Manifesto”

 

Everything you need to know about training high school champions!

 

Click Here —> http://iyca.org/highschool/

 

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  • Eric Cressey
  • Wil Fleming
  • Dr. Toby Brooks
  • Pat Rigsby
  • Brian Grasso
  • Mike Robertson

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Championship High School Training

young athletes

 

My fondest memories of coaching are very specific.

 

Specific to a period of time, particular location and group of young athletes.

 

Barrington High School.

 

Just outside Chicago, Illinois.

 

2004 – 2006.

 

I had started working at a large sports training facility not too far away from BHS.

 

Naturally, I wanted to position myself as the ‘go to expert’ for all the Young Athletes who participated in the competitive sports the school had to offer.

 

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Youth Fitness Business Top 4 Tips for 2011: Part 1

So here is my ‘Top 4 youth fitness business tips for 2011′ wish list:

1. Look At What Everyone Else is Doing… And Do the Opposite (more…)

A Youth Fitness Success Story – Part 1

Not only is Dave Gleason the current IYCA Trainer of the Year, he was also the very first Athletic Revolution franchisee.

 

Dave is in the process of writing a chronicle that explains how he and I met.

 

How he was highly successful and owned an extremely profitable Personal Training business.

 

But how the day he heard me make a presentation at a Fitness Conference in 2008 changed his life and business around completely.

 

How he risked everything… And won.

 

Read this carefully:

 

 

My 17-Year, Incredibly Successful and Profitable Career in the Fitness & Sports Training Industry Took a 180 Degree Turn 2 Years Ago… But My Personal Fulfillment, Bank Account & Future Have Never Been More Glorious…

 

"I was already making great money," I kept thinking to myself.

 

My schedule was set and my credibility in the marketplace completely secure.

 

It wasn’t always like that; I scratched, clawed and stressed for years before I finally hit it big and carved out the career I had always wanted.

 

But Brian was talking about more than just establishing a career.

 

He was talking about leaving a legacy.

 

Empowering a generation.

 

Becoming a difference maker in the lives of young people.

 

Shaping the future.

 

And that’s where the tug-of-war between my common sense intelligence and ‘what it’ emotions started their battle.

 

"Working with energetic and eager young people everyday," I thought.  My eyes now riveted to the stage.

 

Changing the fortunes and lives of kids who were overweight.  Guiding them from a place of isolation and depression into the endless world of opportunity.

 

Helping young athletes excel.  Improve their game.  Remain injury free.  Obtain an elusive college scholarship.

 

My emotions started to win and I knew, at very least, that a conversation with Brian was necessary.

 

Looking back, I think I was actually hoping that this conversation would snap me back to my senses

 

 

That’s pretty compelling stuff, isn’t it?

 

Where until you see where Dave’s story concludes!

 

I’ll email you that tomorrow.

 

In the meantime, why not click on the link below and inquire about owning your very own Athletic Revolution?

 

Between now and December 31, you could qualify for 100% financing – which means NO MONEY DOWN!

 

Click on the link below and schedule a call with me… It costs nothing to ask questions….

 

… But it could cost you THOUSANDS not to take advantage of incredible offers like this one.

 

Here’s that link:

 

 

—–> http://www.myathleticrevolution.com/free-report/

 

 

Check back tomorrow for ‘Part 2’.

 

Brian

 

A Rare Training Program for Young Athletes

‘Rare’ is another way of saying ‘scarcity’.

 

Uncommon.

 

But scarcity also means a ‘shortage of supply’.

 

And while I can absolutely assure you that there are no shortages in the supply of ‘Complete Athlete Development’ systems available, I can also positively promise that its rareness is something you simply must consider.

 

There are some books on Speed & Agility Training that contain fantastic information and practical steps for you to follow.

 

You can find DVD’s and video products that show you how to incorporate optimal Strength Training into the conditioning programs for your athletes.

 

And if you search hard (and long) enough, you’ll likely come across some resources that help you understand how to build maximal Coordination and Movement Skill into your youth participants, also.

 

But all of that (and then some) in one complete system?

 

As rare and uncommon as it gets.

 

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Young Athletes & Motor Skill – Audio

Motor Skill Development & Young Athletes

 

The cornerstone of progressive training programs.

 

Enjoy this information on young athletes and please be sure to leave a comment below:

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Qualifications to Work with Young Athletes

Young Athletes and the qualifications needed to train them

I started my career by training nothing but Olympic Champions, National Team Competitors and Professionals Athletes.

 

But what I came to realize is that none of those experiences made me qualified to train young athletes.  Neither would I be qualified if I had an Olympic Medal around my neck or a Super Bowl ring on my index finger.

 

We constantly mistake ‘big names’ or ‘big credentials’ as qualified.

 

Let me put it this way… The most impressive and decorated mathematician at NASA is a literal genius with the topic of math, but would you really think them qualified and ideal to teach your 7 year old son how to multiply?

 

Success in sport or at the highest level of Coaching doesn’t mean that one is suited to understand and be fluent in the unique sciences of youth sports training.  Seek experience and education pertaining to the specialty at hand – not glitz and glamour.

 

Please, comment below… We truly want to hear your thoughts on this!

 

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It’s Not the Values that Matter… It’s the Principles

You can get an ‘A’ by studying the night before, or you can get an ‘A’ by diligently tending to your work all semester.

 

The fact that the outcome is the same seems to imply that the path doesn’t matter.

 

But what about when the exam is over?

 

Study the night before and I guarantee that every piece of information you crammed into your head will be gone inside of 60 minutes post exam.

 

 

Study consistently over the semester, and your retention of the material will remain with your forever.

 

And that is a sizeable difference.

 

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2 Lessons on Business & Life… Taken from the World of Youth Sports Training

Youth Sports Training Tips

 

Most professional Trainers, be them Fitness Gurus or Sports Performance Experts, may not ever take the time to realize that much of what we hold true and dear in our pursuits of enhancing both the health and ability of young athletes, also translates to the world of business and life as well.

 

Perhaps this lack of ‘connecting-the-dots’ between the two is more than just something that has been overlooked – it’s because the values on which we pride our work with young athletes is far too limited in scope to be accurate.

 

Let me explain that.

 

Our industry holds strong to the notion that short-term, ‘work ’em hard’ training situations that involve high intensity on everything and a slow, methodical infusion of skill on nothing, is what best serves young clients in their need to get better (faster, stronger etc) now.

 

But how often does this gun-slinging approach to life or business prove successful?  And can we take lessons from that as it relates to developing young athletes in Youth Sports Training?

 

How many times do we become handicapped by vein, unplanned and quick attempts to overhaul our businesses or restructure our lives in short periods of time?

 

Think about it.  How many New Year’s Eve goals for the impending year have you set (be them business or life alterations) only to find yourself exactly where you were in November come March?

 

Here’s another one for you.

 

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Top 3 Mistakes in Youth Sports Training

Youth Sports Training

It is customary to see young athletes being taught and drilled on how to run as fast as possible in a straight line.

 

Coaches spend hours teaching the mechanics of ‘linear speed’.  Arm drive, hip drive, ankle push, forward lean – all the usual suspects.  Whether on a high speed treadmill, gymnasium floor or football field, anywhere you go, you’ll likely see Coaches teaching the techniques of running fast in a straight line moving forward.

 

Now, I don’t really have any fundamental issue with respect to this style of training.  I could (and will) argue that virtually every sport is played in a non-linear format and so spending time on the mechanics of an exercise that a young athlete won’t typically ever need in a sporting situation is paramount to a large waste of time.

 

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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 certified through the IYCA live, with me teaching the material."

 

Since co-developing the Level 1 course with Dr. Kwame Brown three years ago, Grasso doesn’t conduct live trainings himself any longer.

 

The next two Perform Better events are schedule for Chicago, Illinois in June and Long Beach, California in August.
The IYCA ‘Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1′ certification course will be hosted live by Brian Grasso on Thursday June 24 (Chicago) and Thursday August 5 (Long Beach).

 

Those interested in attending can contact Perform Better directly at 888-556-7464.      

 

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 medical degree – every Trainer has basic qualifications, but my IYCA credentials are a specialty in the specific field of youth fitness or youth sports training

 

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A Perfect Example of What’s Wrong in Youth Sports Training

 

 

Youth Sports Training Done REALLY wrong


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Here’s what I wrote to Scott –

 

I often refer to this as "Ignorant Child Abuse". Most parents and Coaches like this don’t truly understand the complexity of what they’re doing wrong. I don’t mean to excuse them or vilify them at all, but it’s a lack of understanding regarding neurological, mental and emotional development that has gotten us to where we are in youth sports.

 

From an "X’s & O’s" perspective, the teaching this golf pro is trying to do is both a moot point and entirely destructive from a future developmental perspective. At Matthew’s age, the key ingredient in athletic development is free play. Experience by doing. Learning via attempting.

 

This trial and error process of experimental movement is critical in creating what I call "Athletic Intelligence." Not unlike school, when we over-quantify what it is we want kids to do, we don’t allow their CNS to establish a frame of reference regarding understanding the pathology of why something works the way it does. That’s why elementary school is informal from a strict studying perspective. Teachers provide lessons and framework, but then allow students to experiment with finding results. That process is imperative in building a level of cognitive functioning that allows for future, more complex areas of study to be understood.

 

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