Youth Sports – Problems & Solutions


Problems Training at the beginning level focuses on winning rather than the process of learning how to train and appreciating the joy of participating and learning to test limits. Young developmental athletes over compete and under train. The ideal training to competition ration is 4 or 5 training sessions to every competition. Realistically it should be no less than three training sessions to every one competition. Fundamental motor skills are under emphasized or never emphasized. The lack of a foundation of fundamental movement skills will ultimately limit sport skill. Damage done at early developmental ages cannot be corrected. Therefore it is imperative to get it right the first time. Possible Solutions Give the games back to the kids- Minimize adult and parental involvement. Set up situations where free is encouraged and the kids organize their own games. Put play back into play- Every kid will not win a scholarship or sign a pro contract. For every LeBron James there are thousands who have not made it. Reinstitute mandatory daily Physical Education in the schools. This will solve many problems and create some others, but it would be a start.

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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