Some Powerful Thoughts


The first is for pushy parents and coaches who want to identify the “champion” early and dictate every move to the youngster. This is from Roger Federer’s mother:

Roger had unbelievable coordination at a very young age. At age one he could kick a soccer ball in your direction. We noticed this but we didn’t push him. All the major decisions of his sports career he took himself.

Give them the space and they will grow.

The second is for coaches and teachers from a Sports Illustrated article about Phil Jackson, coach of the Lakers:

What separates Jackson are the speeches he doesn’t give, the timeouts he doesn’t call, the spaces he forces his players to fill on their own. “It’s like going to a psychologist,” says former Bulls center Will Perdue. “He doesn’t give you the answers. He expects you to figure it out for yourself. “

White space on a page and silence can send stronger message that loud speech.
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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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