Meaningful Practice & Training


It too easy to go through the motions, to put in time on you feet and call it practice or training, I see it everywhere I go. Punching a clock is not training. There must be focus and intensity. You play and compete the way the way you train. Train fast to play fast. Make the training reflect the way you want to play, move quickly between drills. Have clear objectives. Don’t do anything over ten minutes. Break up the teaching. Make the reps count. If you are standing around listening to coach talk chances are there is little or no learning going on. Make the time count, long practices don’t always count.Its not the time you put in, it what you put into the time. Then bottom line is are the players getting better or getting tired.

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


Athletic Development Coach & Consultant. Founder of GAIN Network. Proud dad. Love to read everything.
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