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Blog ( Body Injuries )
Rookies and development
Date : 15.04.2015

As a coach of young talent, you’re always looking at how to improve the athlete and enhance the development process. A lot of the time, which I’m sure many parents and coaches would agree with you only wish “little Johnny” would listen! In my position it’s a common experience and to witness the unspoken tension between a parent and child is adelicate dynamic,which can be both constructive and destructive. I’m not about to profess to have the answers in those terms, and this article isn’t about relationship building, but rather, more to the point of addressing the type of mentality which builds foundations in young athletic talent, while possibly including some first hand anecdotal evidence.
How we learn physical illiteracies can have an enormous bearing upon the development process and how young talent is harnessed. Being in charge of the learning experiences of rookie and development athletes you have to be receptive to how you’re going to make an impact on both the physiological and psychological levels. Taking control over the experience of our athletes, while they are with us, is critical in order to be effective to their learning and is very much driven by the standards of the coach and, or team culture. I have seen the youngest athletes, school coaches simply because the coach themselves aren’t “strong” minded enough and in effect can’t handle talent. Experience and communication counts for a lot in this game and is such a key part of what needs to be integrated into a constructive experience. Its something that’s not necessarily directly taught at school, uni or courses, nor is it something everyone can learn but nonetheless its something that separates good coaching from bad and an effective experience towards development and learning, which is often overlooked.

The best sessions I have are with the young athletes who have a focus and clarity of mind when it comes to applying themselves physically and with a specific intention. Most people realise you only get out what you put in, and in situations where you have a strong parental influence driving this mentality into their kids, the receptivity of the young athletes is dramatically enhanced as if all three elements of the coach, athlete and parent synchronise to some degree to create the ideal balance for experiences which have the best impact.

Its pretty obvious that the athlete themselves have to want it. Coaching is such a dynamic process and you have to be receptive to the motivation of an athlete to which you are always responding. When I see an athlete who bows their head if they make a mistake, seriously struggles to internalise your coaching cues, or in general is difficult to deal with, in effect I wonder if their motivation is truly their own. If it isn’t then often some hard questions need to be asked, but alternatively if it is then you can only conclude one thing,some attitude adjusting is required!

I can’t tell you how many ‘pretenders’ I’ve tried coaching, all because their mentality comes with a sense of entitlement about who they think they are.This is usually preceded by an inability to listen or work hard.Entitlement doesn’t just discriminate either,and can be infectious. It usually has a predisposition towards talented individuals, but its safe to say it’s not a capability young athletes are after. Rest assured, there are many high level athletes and even coaches also who have this mentality and I’ve come across my fair share, even employed some of them mistakenly in the past too.

The key point here is, no one is immune to making mistakes and often the person who believes they have to be perfect, or doesn’t want to work hardis generally the entitled one. I guess its just another way of saying “hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”. That’s the best thing about sports and why I love what I do, it has the ability to level anyone, and therefore there is still an honesty and purity associated to it.

Your competition couldn’t care less about your feelings, they want to kick your arse, and if you aren’t above that, then your entitlement, is really just fear and your lack of self belief in your own abilities or lack of capability. One of my favourite quotes is “fatigue makes cowards of us all”, and its not hard to find out where this threshold is. The reality is very few make it to the top, and I can guarantee you even fewer make it there without the courage to commit and go beyond fatigue, and then compete!


If you have thatcapability, then that’s where sports science can make the world of difference, as good coaching is precipitated by not only the right mentality but also the skills and experiences of the coach, not to mention good delivery!

Therefore bridging this gap between the two is imperative towards achieving the best outcomes for every young talent. For the aspiring athletes out there who have the right mentality, and want to give themselves the best shot, then this home based program is a perfect starting point and sets the foundations for increasing speed, power, agility, balance and strength.

Its not sexy, it wont be exciting doing it, three times per week and its not going to improve your vertical jump directly, or muscle mass for those guys who want to be hero’s but more so indirectly it will build a platform for all other biomotor abilities, or in other words athletic performance capabilities down the track

In essence it’s designed to get you to succeed at the program. If that means you can perform every exercise and set, physically hitting the numbers laid out, with perfect execution then congratulations your ready for the next step, which will require more individualisation. However it also doesn’t matter if it takes you months to achieve the standard, which I anticipate it will in most instances, the main thing is that you do achieve it, and can do it with top quality.

In essence it’s designed to get you to succeed at the program. If that means you can perform every exercise and set, physically hitting the numbers laid out, with perfect execution then congratulations your ready for the next step, which will require more individualisation. However it also doesn’t matter if it takes you months to achieve the standard, which I anticipate it will in most instances, the main thing is that you do achieve it, and can do it with top quality.It would be ideal to get someone who knows what they are doing to oversee the finer points before you begin.

Fast Twitch and I are interested in increasing the standards of young athletes. If you believe you have mastered the routine, and providing its up to scratch and verified by a Fast Twitch coach then, not only will Fast Twitch send you out a certificate of mastery for this program but put you in the running for a scholarship, or a free program to take you to the next level (depending upon where you live).

So if you either film or book a time to come into the centre to get one of our coaches to review and sign of on your technique, then one of our Fast Twitch coaches will sign you off accordingly.

I can’t reiterate how important good technique is in this foundations process, but I’m excited at the prospects of standing in front of young athletes who already have the whole physical and mental foundations down pact, because we can literally go anywhere from there.

Good luck with implementing the program and contact me if you think you’ve mastered it or need help technically about what you need to improve.

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