Old School


What exactly is old school? Is old school having a work ethic? Is it old school to respect your opponents and your teammates? Is it old school to respect your coach? Is it old school to make a tackle and get up and go back to the huddle – no celebrations or sack dances? Is it old school to have to pay your dues? It is old school to take responsibility for your actions? Is it old school to just play the sport because you love competing – no worry about earning a scholarship or being ranked by archrivals.com as one of the top players in he country? Let all wake up, we are all party to this, the athletes, coaches, parents, administrators, the media – let’s get back to basics and enjoy sport for the essence of it. It is amazing to me that a coach making Two Million plus dollars a year at a university has a special secret newsletter for boosters that he charges premium price for. Come on this is ridiculous. I thought we were supposed to educators. Let put play and fun back into sport. We can’t turn back the clock, but we can take a look in the mirror and see what each of us can do to change what is happening.

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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