As you develop your training philosophy and methodology, you will be exposed to different ideas. Here are some questions you might ask yourself as you determine if new or different methods are right for your kids and your program. You are the gatekeeper for your program.
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1. Do these training methods make sense to you?
Training methods should be rational and easy to understand. If the methods don’t make sense to you, learn more about them and don’t change your training until you understand the methods and the reasoning behind the methods.
2. Is there scientific evidence to support the training?
There are principles of training validated by scientific experimentation. Are the training methods you are considering supported by these principles?
3. Do the proposed training methods best fit the age and experience level of your athletes?
One size doesn’t always fit all.
4. Are these methods safe for the athlete?
Does this training philosophy and methods pass the cost-benefit analysis? (Liability risks versus potential performance gains)
5. Do I have the proper facilities, equipment, time allotment and staff to implement the proposed style of training?
6. Can my staff and I properly demonstrate the exercises?
7. Can I safely test and then evaluate my athletes with these methods?
In my opinion, athletes benefit from safely testing and evaluating their training progress. A system of testing and evaluation that provides opportunities for the development of goal setting techniques and recognizes goal obtainment provides valuable life skills training.
8. Am I confident enough with these methods and system to effectively sell them to the sports coaches and most importantly, to the athletes?
9. Is this a wise course of action?
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it came down pretty quick. Choose your course wisely.