The Basics – Be a Coach not a Trainer


Working on basics does not have to mundane. Remember the basics are running, jumping and throwing applied in the context of the sport you are training for. Coaching is a creative process, it is not formulaic or paint by numbers. You must begin with a thorough demands analysis off the sport you are training for, do not make assumptions. Each sport has some unique demands energetic, biomechanical or psychological. Also remember that there are commonalities between sports, look for them and train them. Then it comes down to the individual athlete, it always must come down to individual athlete. What do they bring to the table? What is their training age? Gender, there are distinct training considerations for the male and female athlete especially in the area of strength training. What is their learning style and cognitive ability?

Start with the basics and have a definite progression to get the team and the athlete to the desired goal. Make sure they are fully aware of the goal and can visualize that goal. Remind them of that goal daily. Then sell them on “Winning the Workout, ” you can’t win a game or a match until you win the workouts. That demands focus, intensity and concentration. To insure winning the workout, coach them, don’t be a passive supervisor, be involved. Coaching is an active process, you show the commitment and then their commitment level will rise accordingly. Ultimately it is not about the exercises it is how you teach. Communicate and motivate the athlete to help them achieve progress along the path to their goal.

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


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