LTAD – BS or Brilliant? (Part 1)

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Applied coaching, Coach development, Long term athlete development, Youth strength and conditioning

“Long Term Athlete Development” or LTADĀ is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot in sport today. If you hang around any grassroots club long enough you’ll find some fancy chart on a wall with lots of nice colours and specific age brackets detailing how to turn your uncoordinated kid into the next (…insert famous […]

Broken collarbones and the man-child

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Applied coaching, Coach development, Long term athlete development, Youth strength and conditioning

It was a crisp Sunday morning in Perth, Western Australia. I was still pretty drowsy from an early start to get to my football match on time. I was playing centre back. I remember everyone taking about how the other team had a “man-child” playing. This guy was an early-starter… I was about to find […]

The 10,000 hour rule – fact or fiction?

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Coach development, myths, Uncategorized

If you’re involved in sport at any level (particularly grassroots) then you’ve probably come across the 10,000 hour rule, developed by Anders Ericsson. In simplest form, this “rule” suggests that it takes 10 years or 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve “mastery”. Since this suggestion has become widely publicised, it has become the foundation […]

Not too little, not too much

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Applied coach, Coach development, Long term athlete development, sport psychology, Uncategorized, Youth strength and conditioning

Some time ago I attended a UKSport Talent Coaches Breakfast seminar at Bournemouth University, given by a sports psychology lecturer Bryan Jones. He told a story from his time working with a Midlands football club. He told us the story of two vastly different youth players. The first was recruited from Germany, a talented young […]