I started working with the Venice (Florida) High School Baseball team. We did a few basic tests, taught the coordination phase of the warm-up (I use that that to evaluate basic movements’ and aptitude for fundamental motor skills) and then taught a couple of 3D stretches. The coaching staff is committed to a systematic approach for a whole year, just like girls volleyball, this is the only way I will work teams, there are no quick fixes. This will be a fun project. I would have preferred to do a full Athletic Profile on them but I did not have the help to do that, so I will build the steps of the profile into the teaching progressions. The first three weeks will be devoted to establishing a routine of good training habits and learning all the progressions. Once that is accomplished then we will be able to effectively train. The goal is to train better baseball athletes. I will keep you posted on their progress.

Yesterday was our last workout of this phase with girls volleyball. Now we go indoors and start to transition to much more volleyball specific training. I will have them for 30 to 45 minutes after two hours of summer volleyball from June 9 until the first week in August. We also will start with a new group of incoming freshmen. That is always a challenge because now I essentially have four training groups. Thank God for Dr. Harabedian’s PE 30A class at Fresno State in 1964. I am glad a I paid attention. Training session management is such an important part of effective coaching. I do not see this taught or addressed anymore.
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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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