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Run Fast to be Fast

I put out a tweet about speed training a while ago, to the effect that using sprints as punishment or sprinting until one is sick is not a good way to develop speed.  As usual the social media responses were interesting.  Everything from “of course” to arguing.  So this blog is to address some of the issues the arguers had.   First, let me say that there’s an interesting thing about social media.  Everyone assumes that they are going to...

At Some Point You Have To Stop

Speed is an important skill in most sports. We all write volumes about it, go to clinics to pick up new drills and movement cues, and seek out speed training gurus. Our athletes are evaluated on it and it’s a major focus of their training. Here’s the thing, outside of track and field most athletes need to be able to decelerate and stop on a dime to transition into doing something else.   I coach baseball and basketball. In both...

Speed Training: How Many Drills Do You Really Need?

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There are an almost unlimited number of drills for speed training. If you think about this, it makes sense. At the highest levels, track and field coaching often has to focus on the minutiae of athlete movements and many of these drills help to perfect an aspect of the skill. In addition, with the proliferation of sports performance facilities there is a need to attract paying clients via marketing and these drills help to sell services.   While there isn’t...

The Coach Has To Set The Tone

About a week ago I put out what I thought was a pretty straightforward tweet. The fact that it wasn’t received that way told me that this is something worth talking about in this blog. The tweet was: “As a coach do you create and drive the environment or do you react to it?”   I got some interesting responses to this tweet. Let me start this blog with the hard part. As a coach, I think it is critical...

Hard Work Is Not Going To Break You: A Rant

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Hard work helps us to learn skills, to function in challenging circumstances, learn to resist fatigue, and teaches us how to play a sport with passion and intensity. Now, when I bring this up on social media someone always has to post something to the effect of “Yes, but we have to be careful with that message as too much hard work is bad.”   I have some concerns about these types of comments. My concerns center around the fact...