Learn to ask the right (appropriate) question. Be willing to ask the hard questions others are unwilling to ask. Here are some questions I find myself asking quite often:

What is the difference?

Can I replicate that?

Will that work in a different environment and situation?

Is that result an outlier?

Where do you go from here?

How do you dial it up or dial it down?

Is what you are doing facilities, equipment and technology dependent?

If so can you do it without facilities, equipment or technology?

What is the absolute minimum you do to achieve an adaptive response?

If you have just achieved a personal best or won a championship – What do you have to do to get better?

How do you measure the effectiveness of your training program?

Where do you get your ideas?

Who or what inspires you?

Can you explain what you do to a ten year ?

What are you personally doing to get better as a coach?

Where will the biggest gains in your sports come from?

Where are the possibilities for marginal gains?

Do you have mastery of the basics?

Do you review the basics everyday? If not why not?

How do teach and refine the technical model of your sport?

Is your technical model sound?

Who is your alter ego? Who keeps you on track and honest?

What are the facts?

Is what you are doing proactive or reactive? Why?

Does your system and methodology rely only on evidence based practice or does it take into consideration practice based evidence?

Who are your role models?

When it is all said and done the words of Gertrude Stein come to mind: “The answer is there is no answer.” So keep asking questions to grow and learn.

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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