As an Athletic Development coach you should beware of overdoing specificity; it can be a trap, a one-way dead end street. You may be just adding stress to stress by too closely trying to overload the actual movements of the sport. You can get too specific and lose sight of what you are doing. My role as an Athletic Development coach is to prepare the athlete for the stress of their sport; I can do that in many ways without strictly trying to imitate the movements of the sport throughout training. They get enough of that in practice. There are times in a program to get very specific and other times to be very general. My basic litmus test is this: are the movements that I use in training sport appropriate? I look at it as a three-step process.
- Step one- the sport itself, that is the domain of the sport coach, although they may enlist my help here.
- Step Two- Stuff that looks like the sport but is not the sport, I do some of this.
- Step Three- Stuff that does not have any resemblance to the sport but that will prepare the athlete for the demands of the sport.