Coaching or training


I observed a university soccer practice where two athletes were playing one v one and 18 athletes and two coaches were standing and watching. This is a team that then has to do additional “fitness training” because they are not fit enough. My retort is are you coaching them or training them? This was an example of training not coaching. Coaching would have had the drill organized so that a minimum of player were standing around and the coaches were totally involved with all players. In team sports if practice is well organized and run at a brisk game like pace there is little need for additional general fitness training. Unfortunately this is the norm in many team sports.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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