Motivation, confidence, skill and talent are all interconnected, and are especially important at a young age. Children with low confidence tend to lack motivation. This lack of motivation leads to a reluctance to try and a lack of effort. Lack of focused effort leads to lower skill and low skill usually leads to a lackRead More
Last weekend, while presenting at the TPEA National Conference, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down over dinner with some of the best coaches around. We discussed our systems, or goals and our philosophies. During one of these discussions, we talked about specific qualities that great youth sports coaches possess? What uniqueRead More
Right now we are testing over 1200 young players in an 8 year study on the natural rate of development. The current test (the fall post season) has given us a few things to think about as we begin to compare the results to our pre-test, 3 months ago. But in the grand scheme ofRead More
Throwing med balls always seems to go hand in hand with power training. Exercises like shot tosses (pictured in the video below), scoop tosses, crunch throws, jump throws, chest passes and partner variations (mb tennis) have been used in our programs for years.
These activities build power in several ways:
Coordination: concentric synchronization of the lower bodyRead More
Over the last decade we have trained over 6000 athletes. And in that time we have seen players take their speed, strength and power to levels that we never thought possible. But occasionally, this just wasn’t enough to win them a starting role. We quickly realized that enhancing a player’s 40yd dash time was notRead More
Our Research Review Article for today comes from the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (Rubley, et. al., 2011). This study assessed an intervention of low-level plyometric training on vertical jump and kicking performance in two groups of thirteen-year-old female soccer players.
“High intensity plyometric training is often used by strength
I commented on a post in a soccer forum last night and I thought I would also share the post here. The question was centered on the topic of…”Is it okay to push kids to WANT to WIN?” This is a very sensitive subject in this country and the more people I talk to theRead More
If your athletes are changing directions greater than 90 degrees at full speed, in almost every situation, they should use their inside leg (athletes left leg in the pictures below) as their PRIMARY decelerator. This is not to say that the outside leg has no role in the deceleration. The outside leg needs to finishRead More