This Stuff has to Stop

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Sometime thispast year I was contacted by a person named Brian Grasso to do aninterview on athletic development for youth. Since this is a passion ofmine I agreed and did the interview. I understood that it would be usedfor a pod cast. Instead he is using the interview and by association myname to sell product and endorse his certification. I deplore this; Ido not endorse his products or his group’s certification. He has beenasked to remove my name from his site and the interview from any of hisproducts. I blame myself for not doing more due diligence onthis, This message from his website is giveaway as to the audacity ofthis person:

Justover five years ago, I created an idea whose concept was so pure andwholesome that it immediately drew the positive attention oflikeminded, world-class professionals and organizations throughout theglobe via the innate laws of attraction that compel us all.

Thisis one of the most self-aggrandizing statements I have ever heard. Ifit is so pure and wholesome, then why is he charging top dollar for theinformation? Are the innate laws of attraction the almighty dollar? Iam sure this will not sit well with all the instant internet experts,but we have to get some ethics and sanity to this. We all need to helpyouth, but there are better ways than an internet certification. Howabout starting with the existing certifications offered by USA Track& Field, US Soccer, American Swim Coaches. These are all very soundpedagogically and proven offered by not for profit organizationsdesigned to help kids.

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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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