I find it counterproductive to focus on what an athlete can’t do, what their deficiencies and dysfunctions are. Do I need to know that to be an effective coach? Sure I do. But it is most productive to focus on possibilities, what the athlete can. Accentuate the strengths and minimize the weaknesses. That does not mean to ignore weaknesses just don’t make correcting weaknesses the sole focus. I have done that and then effectively taken away the athletes strength. Build on the strengths especially at the developmental stages of an athletes career.

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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