Fair Question


In response to my post on entitlement there was the following response:

Seemsit should be less about age category and more of a focus on qualityexperience. There are quite a few younger coaches out there who have alot of quality experience and there are plenty of older coaches (beenaround for over 10 years) who are horrible.

Does this mean that the older coaches have ‘paid their dues’? Not sure I believe so.

Vern would love to get even more clarity on your opinion!

Gladto. You are right this is not completely about age. There are coachesmy age who have had one experience many times. I abhor that as much asthe young coaches who want it now. Quality experiences (plural) areimportant. In regard to paying dues I really can only speak for myselfand the coaches I interact with. Paying your dues is important. When Ihear coaches that have five or ten years experience asking for a payraise because they have been on the job for x years, I get upset. Whathave you done? What have you contributed to the profession? You cannothave it now. I know how I have grown and learned from successes andmistakes. There is no substitute for this. I feel it is a stepwiseprocess, much the same as developing an athlete.One of the best degreesI have is from the school of hard knocks!

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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

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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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