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I would LOVE to come to the IYCA Summit because I am a parent who cannot find an avenue to gain any traction on promoting proper coaching in our area.
I have approached coaches and subsequently left clubs, attempted to get the Positive Coaching Alliance involved in a club whose president now avoids me and any correspondance at all costs, and approached the state and national youth soccer associations about proper training for kids who refuse to openly address the issue.
I have prepared a complaint for small claims court to obtain $1200 in club fees when we left a club who supported a coach who had my then 11-year-old running a mile until he fell over and vomited having never run for training purposes in his life (and found out that he shouldn’t be at this age).
So I was in Long Beach California last week giving a talk at the Perform
Better Summit on the state of youth fitness and sports training.
I got to the portion of my presentation where I hash out the difference
between Principles and Results when it comes to fitness and the
objectives we carry for our client or young athletes success.
I have long maintained that we are far too results-focused and that, in
fact, results are quite easy to achieve when it comes to fitness-related
But they are often short-lived and extremely temporary because they
are unilaterally pursued and not anchored by the realities of principle-based
Simply put, it’s very easy to have a young person lose 10 pounds or
increase their vertical jump by 4 inches in a short-period of time, but
if we do not focus on the long-term success points and create training
routines appropriate to that, then any of the "goals" we achieve will be
gone almost as quickly as they came.
Got me thinking…
How backwards is our industry?
Consistently promising any and all who will listen that we have their
And it is an "EASY" solution that will only require a "MINIMAL" amount
of work on their part and show results in a very "SHORT" period of time.
Are we really that messed up or am I dreaming up this problem?