Some Thoughts on Coaching and Training


Training contains a fair amount of redundancy. Use that to your advantage as a consistent means to compare and track progress. I know for years I have used a consistent pattern of warm-up that provides me with instant feedback on the athletes training readiness for that day. The same for certain drills and workouts that I place at the same time in a training cycle. As the athlete gains training age this information becomes increasingly more valuable.

The best basis for future planning is careful contextual analysis of the prior training. Therefore it is very important to keep detailed training records and logs.

Don’t always look for cause & effect, look for connections. Train the connections.

Use Foster’s RPE rating- Wait 30 minutes after the training session, have the athlete rate the session on a 1 to 10 scale. Multiply that score by the minutes in the workout.

Talk less, listen more. Speak with meaning. The power in verbal communications often is not the words; it is the space between the words. The rhythm & pacing, how you say what you say goes a long way to determine how and if the message is received.

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” Martha Graham

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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