What if?


What if there were no strength coaches?

What if there were no personal trainers?

What if off season football was playing baseball or running track?

What if there were no NFL or NBA combine?

What id there were no Nike, Reebok and Under Armour throwing money around?

What if there was mandatory daily Physical Education from kindergarten through twelfth grade?

What if coaches were trained teachers?

What if sport were school based?

What if there were no travel baseball, soccer and basketball?

What if there was no freshman eligibility in college?

What if there were no Internet or social media?

What if there were no 24-hour news and sport channels?

The list could go on and on. I know this was the “good old days” when I started coaching in 1969. Maybe an old  being nostalgic. We cannot turn back the clock but we can learn from the past. There are many lessons from those days that apply directly to the problems we face in sport coaching today. Sport does not exist outside of society; it mirrors and magnifies the good and bad of society. Hopefully this will get all of you thinking about solutions.

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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