Open communication is critical between the coach and the athlete and among the athletes. Coaches expect the athlete to listen to all directives, but a coach must also possess a keen ability to listen. Touch People’s Lives As I look back at the players I have coached, I am rewarded by their success in coaching and in life.
You’re undoubtedly familiar with the fixed variety (sometimes called stand-alone dumbbells). The primary benefit to fixed dumbbells is that you don’t have to spend time adjusting weights. However, a special type of adjustable weight called a selectorized dumbbell (see figure 4.1b) warrants consideration.
Talk with 10 sport psychologists and you will get 10 different lists of the emotional characteristics of exceptional athletes. If your child only plays a sport during structured practices or games, he or she is probably not driven, although that doesn’t mean that drive won’t develop at an older age. John Heil, a Roanoke, Virginia, sport psychologist, warns that great athletes who have such a passion for the sport run the risk of having it define who they are.
A coach should prevent his own team from staring at the other team who may be executing a “cooler” warm-up! To stop our team from staring at other teams who were obviously having more fun during warm-up last season, we added a simple relay race at the end of our court movement drills. Regardless of the time allotted, a coach should have his team practice the pregame warm-up and should time-manage it so it is efficient and prepares the team in all aspects.
For most of us, who must juggle training with real-world schedules, indoor cycling on a wind or magnetic trainer is the only real choice. Coaches such as Arnie Baker, MD, author of Smart Cycling, incorporate indoor cycling into their athletes’ off-season training by using either these trainers or rollers. Magnetic and Wind Trainers Magnetic, or mag, trainers have powerful magnets and a nonconductive disk that produces resistance and dissipates energy as heat.
Poaching is a very effective maneuver for winning points, intimidating the receiver, and keeping the other team off balance. When the server’s partner at the net moves across the court to cut off a crosscourt service return with a volley, it’s called poaching. A closed fist means no poach; an open hand indicates a poach on the next serve.
This can be done first with stationary ball-handling drills, then with basic dribbling drills, and finally with advanced dribbling drills. Two-Ball Dribbling Drills Stationary Dribbling With Two Balls All dribbling is done in a bent-knee athletic stance. A coach calls out the dribble to be executed, using these commands: “same” (balls dribbled at the same time); “alternate” (balls dribbled out of rhythm); “side to side” (balls dribbled from side to side); “forward and back” (balls dribbled ...
Effective goal setting increases focus, motivation, direction, feelings of success, and self-confidence. A very common mistake is to set only outcome goals and to forget about process goals. Process goals give you specific here-and-now things to focus on, whereas outcome goals are just things we hope to accomplish.
Even short interval workouts and other high-energy expenditure training can leave you dragging for a day or two. When doing your weekly planning, schedule an easy workout or day off before your longest distance or your speed work training. If possible, however, plan your workouts for the time of day when you know your energy level will be high.
Clearly, the 11°C (52°F) air temperature provided the least stressful condition for endurance performance. When the exercise intensity is great enough to maintain or elevate core temperature, but skin temperature decreases due to cold-air exposure, . However, when muscle temperature falls below 27°C (82°F), muscular endurance decreases.