Making Practice Better


Don’t try to replicate the game in practice, instead distort the game. Use varied constraints and restraints that force faster decision making speed and demand higher speed of action. Never allow the athlete to get comfortable into a set pattern. In essence by doing this the game itself will slow down. Make the focus not on perfect practice but on perfect effort. Encourage risk taking to push the performance envelope. Taking these approach demands deep understanding the game and the fundamentals in order to be effective. Changing how you practice will change how you play the game.

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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