Systematic Sport Development

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There is a terrific article on the BBS Sport web site on British Cycling. It is a great example of what a systematic sport development process can do to develop champions and sustain championship performance. Excellence in any in any discipline does not happen by chance, there is usually a design. I am a big fan of sustained excellence. When you study teams and individuals who have achieved sustained excellence you will see common characteristics. One of the unifying characteristic is good solid coaching, continuity and a program that is athlete centered, coach driven and administratively supported. Unfortunately in too many situations coaching is an afterthought, the administrators think they are the stars of the show. Put the athlete’s front and center, give them great coaches and give those coaches ALL the tools to do their job and get out of the way.
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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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