Good coaching demands attention to detail. But where does attention to detail end and minutia begin? I have always felt that is virtually impossible to be over prepared and I still feel that way, but the key to preparation is attention to details that matter. The way I have always expressed is the differentiation between the need to do and the nice to do. Focus on need to do activities produces results, nice to do produces confusion. I am interested in results that are long lasting and the athlete can relate to. It is helpful to keep the big picture in mind. I am reminded of the current incessant obsession with dorsiflexion of the foot in sprinting. Dorsiflexion of the foot is a result of force application against the ground. To achieve dorsiflexion the detail to work on is force application against the ground. In short the need to do activities will be driven by actions that cause other actions to occur.

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


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