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http://junction25.com/cloudxv3.php It’s a nightmare scenario for any coach.  8:00 am on a mid-July morning in Michigan.  80 degrees and so humid your shirt is sticking to your back before you even get out of the car.  A group of 50 young men huddled around a water trough with unlaced shoes and phones in their hands.  I rally them up to get started, and they are moving like snails.  It’s going to be a long day.

http://junction25.com/wp-info.php Nothing saps the life out of me more than training groups that don’t want to be there.  Training is hard, it has to be.  You have to continually leave your comfort zone in order to improve yourself and that is never an easy task, particularly for high school athletes on vacation.  As a coach, it’s on you to get the job done.  Sup-par effort, sub-par focus, and sub-par execution are not going to cut it.  I don’t want to waste my time, just like my athletes don’t want to waste theirs.  I have lots of places I’d rather be on that July morning, and most of them involve golf or hiking, not pacing around a scorching hot turf field.

Buy Msj Valium Online But hiking and golf aren’t my calling.  My calling is to be a leader and an educator.  To bring out the best in young men and to help them realize the physical and mental potential they have inside.  I refuse for us to waste this time.  Time we can spend building.  We must resist stagnation.

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Buy Phentermine Dubai The single best way to recover this situation is to make your athletes compete.  Structure you drills (agility/speed/conditioning) to be competitions and accept nothing less than their best effort.

http://nancynorthcott.jim-mcdonald.net/launch-party-for-warrior/ I try to make at least one drill every day a competition, and it usually turns out to be the most productive and enjoyable part of the session.  There are lots of ways to accomplish this, don’t over think it and don’t make it overly complicated.  Just have your athletes toe the line and race.  It might be 10’s, 20’s, 50’s.  100 yard/200 yard/200 yard shuttles.  Pro agility drills.  Mirrored agility drills.  Get in groups of 4-6 and do relay races.  Make them bear crawl, sprint, backpedal, shuffle.

http://nancynorthcott.jim-mcdonald.net/tag/leicester Rule #1 is to keep it organized.  Don’t let it get sloppy.  Be the starting gun and the finish line.  Call out winners, and acknowledge great effort.  Rule #2 is to reward success.  Make it pay to be a winner, and make sure you athletes understand that.   I find it most effective to  have punishments for the losing side.  Burpees/push ups/squat jumps/whatever else comes to mind.   But be fair, and put your athletes in positions to be successful.

Recommended Reading

I am just broaching the surface of the many ways to incorporate competition into your regular training/practice.  I’d like to recommend an outstanding resource on the subject, “Training Soccer Champions” by Anson Dorrance.  Coach Dorrance has been the head women’s soccer coach at the University of North Carolina.  If you have never heard of him, look him up, he has accomplished just about everything there is as a coach, and he has enough championship rings to fill all his fingers and toes.

In the book, Dorrance discusses how he created a culture of competition in his program.  It’s a really interesting and engaging look into how he has been able to develop and attitude of excellence and fierceness on the field with and an attitude of family and camaraderie off the field.  I highly recommend coaches of any field/sport/or experience level to check it out.  There is a lot to be learned from the great ones.

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