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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...

Thoughts on Team Building

I’ve always been a good technical and teaching coach. I have always had a gift for teaching and correcting skills and for the x’s and o’s. What I’ve been challenged with is the team building side of thing; I think it takes time and experience to figure that out.   With this article, I’d like to share some things that I’ve found work for me.   Common experiences: This can also be thought of as shared suffering. The point here...

Train For What You Want

“Train for what you want”   This is one of the most fundamental principles in strength and conditioning and it’s the one that everyone overthinks and makes too complicated.  For most of us, this is really simple. If you want to improve on something then you have to practice the thing you want to improve on. Failing to do this means that you are relying on chance to make improvements, which is not a good idea for a competitive athlete...

Agility is Important for Sports Performance

I spend a lot of time writing about the fact that agility has to be sport specific. It has to train the athlete to be able to perform movements of the sport, in sports conditions, at a high level. While this is true, there are a number of important foundational abilities that can be developed   This is especially important when taking a holistic look at the training of younger, multi-sport athletes.   For me, these are important foundational abilities for...

Real World Agility and Basketball

Real-world agility for basketball   As I’ve said in other posts, to me agility is about applying strength and conditioning to the sport. So this is a lot bigger than a handful of movement skills that are lateral or backwards, this is going to incorporate a lot of sport skills. With that in mind, today’s post is going to be about agility training for basketball. In this post I’m going to cover some thoughts on offensive skills. We’ll look at...