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The Importance of Movement

"You can't chase your dreams if you're sitting still. Our bodies are designed to move. Movement supports our physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual growth health and well being” - Rick Howard NSCA

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New Athletes

What are Fundamental Movement Skills? Learn More 

Why are Fundamental Movement Skills Important in Life & Sport? Learn More

1. Speed - ability to move quickly

2. Strength - ability to move mass

3. Endurance - ability to sustain cardiovascular activity

4. Power - ability to exert force

5. Flexibility - ability to maintain a good range of motion around the joints

6. Agility - ability to move quickly, laterally

7. Balance - ability to maintain upright and steady

1. Lack of Free Play → Learn More 

2. Marginalization of Physical Education → Learn More 

3. Decreased competence of fundamental movement skills → Learn More

4. Early Sport Specialization → Learn More

5. Technology → Learn More 

6. Cost 

1. Fun

2. Friends

3. Fair Play

4. Friendly competition

5. Finishing the Season Better than I started -> Learn More 

1. Gives you a better chance to discover the sport you love

2. Exposes you to a number of different environments

3. Helps prevent overuse injuries

4. Prevents boredom and burnout

5. Allows for a greater movement repertoire & skill transfer

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  1. Attitude
  2. Effort
  3. Nutrition & hydration
  4. Pre competition focus
  5. Rest & recovery
  1. Try them all. As many different sports as you can until you find the ones you enjoy the most.
  2. Set goals. Regardless of level of competition, be the author of your own story.
  3. Work hard & smart.  Always give your best. That's the one thing you control.
  4. Speak up. If you have a question. If something doesn't seem right or feel right.
  5. Ask for feedback. Ask your team mates & coaches what you could do more of and less of. And then implement that. 

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  1. Fun. If it is not fun, you will not find value in it no matter what level.
  2. A safe environment. Safe from verbal, physical and sexual abuse.
  3. Development opportunity. Regardless of gender, race, orientation or beliefs.
  4. Quality Coaching. A coach who supports you to become your best. 
  5. Positive Support. From your parents, peers, coaches and sport organization. 

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Angela Lewis

Angela owns Angela Lewis and Associates, but she is also a former professional NCAA Division 1 basketball player and coach. She wrote “The Changing Game Assist: Six Simple Ways to Choose Success”

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Recreational Athletes

  1. Fun. If it is not fun, you will not find value in it no matter what level.
  2. A safe environment. Safe from verbal, physical and sexual abuse.
  3. Development opportunity. Regardless of gender, race, orientation or beliefs.
  4. Quality Coaching. A coach who supports you to become your best. 
  5. Positive Support. From your parents, peers, coaches and sport organization. 

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  1. Try them all
  2. Set goals
  3. Work hard & smart
  4. Speak up
  5. Ask for feedback

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The idea of Long Term Athlete Development and the American Development Model are frameworks or roadmaps for age & stage appropriate steps towards quality movement in sport and life. When parents and coaches try to force too much too soon in an attempt to get you to the top level in a specific sport, we risk ruining your experience through burnout, injury or removing the fun from your journey.

  1. Competence
  2. Character
  3. Confidence
  4. Connection

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  1. Baseline → Learn More
  2. Share
  3. Planned lesson progression
  4. Re-evaluate
  1. Speed - running fast as often as possible
  2. Strength - push, pull, lift weight to get stronger
  3. Endurance - move at pace for longer periods of time 
  4. Power - move with quick bursts of energy / explosively
  5. Flexibility - stretch the muscles when resting
  6. Agility - quick lateral & diagonal movements through space
  7. Balance - seeking uneven surfaces and or single arm / leg use
  1. Level 1: Highly Capable Individual
  2. Level 2: Contributing Team Member
  3. Level 3: Competent Manager
  4. Level 4: Effective Leader
  5. Level 5: Great leader → Learn More
  1. Avoid pointless negativity
  2. Criticize the call, not the official
  3. Ask real questions
  4. Work towards establishing a first name basis
  5. Be specific with your questions  

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  1. YOU do the talking (not mom and dad)
  2. Be Solution-Focused
  3. Seek to serve, not be served
  4. Clarify what is said and leave with action items
  5. Do not compare, but ask where you can compete
  1. Ensure the communication lines are open.
  2. Explain your situation and be honest
  3. Tell them how you would like them to be involved on match day.
  4. Try to tell your parents lots of positive things and not just the negatives
  5. Thank them for all their support and acknowledge the time and financial cost they put in.

Martin Reader

Martin is the founder of OFFBALL Athlete and a speaker for Quality Coaching Collective. He is also a former Beach Volleyball Olympian.

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High Performance Athletes

The idea of Long Term Athlete Development and the American Development Model are frameworks or roadmaps for age & stage appropriate steps towards quality movement in sport and life. When parents and coaches try to force too much too soon in an attempt to get you to the top level in a specific sport, we risk ruining your experience through burnout, injury or removing the fun from your journey.

  1. Competence - physical abilities such as speed, strength, endurance, etc. + competence - technical/tactical abilities such as dribbling, stickhandling, etc. +
  2. Character - mental/psychological ability such as respect the game, teammates, opponents, etc.
  3. Confidence - mental/psychological ability such resilience, grit, mental toughness, etc.
  4. Connection - social/emotional ability such as having fun, relationships with team mates, etc. 

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  1. Baseline → Learn More
  2. Share
  3. Planned lesson progression
  4. Re-evaluate
  1. Early start age in sport
  2. Early involvement in one sport (as opposed to participating in several sports)
  3. Early involvement in focused, high-intensity training
  4. Early involvement in competitive sport 

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  1. Time commitment
  2. Performance expectations
  3. Level of competition
  4. Cost of participation
  5. Coach pedigree / experience
  1. They WILL give honest feedback
  2. They WILL set standards of excellence and demand it (without demeaning)
  3. They WILL expect you to know the foundational elements
  4. They WILL be seeking to refine their craft too
  5. They WILL expect you to speak up
  1. Perform to the best of your potential by making you stronger, faster, and less likely to get injured
  2. Outperform the competition by being prepared for the rigors of practice and games
  3. Learn what you'd like to know more about, like proper nutrition, looking and feeling your best, and workouts for your sport 

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Level 1: Highly Capable Individual

Level 2: Contributing Team Member

Level 3: Competent Manager

Level 4: Effective Leader

Level 5: Great leader → Learn More

  1. One pager portfolio
  2. Digital Portfolio
  3. Coach / AD representative
  4. Agent
  1. Discover Who You Are From Within
  2. Define Your Personal Brand
  3. Develop Skills Imperative To Your Growth
  4. Discuss Issues Relevant To Sport & Life
  5. Inspire - Learn From Former Athletes Who Tell The Truth → Learn More
 

Duff Gibson

Duff is a World and Olympic Gold Medal Champion in Skeleton. He is the founder of Dark Horse Athletic, and is also a speaker and coach.

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