Real coaching


Yesterday I wrote about pinball coaching, which really is not coaching. Real coaching is quite different. There is a well defined plan that everyone involved has participated in formulating. The plan is long term, that year and even a career. There is a detailed daily plan that is thoroughly executed and objectively evaluated in the context of the big picture. The daily plan includes contingency plans if for some reason the plan must be altered. Competitions are carefully selected a) to fit the level of athlete b) To simulate championship conditions. The daily workout considers the following: weather, proximity to competition, previous workouts and future workouts. Training incorporated schedules regeneration and physical therapies.
Real coaching considers the individual. Each individual is evaluated. Their strengths and weaknesses are carefully considered. Their training history and performance history is factored in. Their psychological makeup is considered. Their recoverability is taken into consideration.
All of this in many respects is common sense, but this is real coaching. This coaching produces consistent results. Everyone has a chance to get better and that is all we as coaches can guarantee.

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.
Vern Gambetta


Athletic Development Coach & Consultant. Founder of GAIN Network. Proud dad. Love to read everything.
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