Coach Tom’s Blog

It’s like Winning the Superbowl, Only Better

I emphasize the little victories with things the kids can control.  Once that goal has been accomplished we celebrate it like they just won the Superbowl and I immediately give them a new goal.  To me accomplishing a tangible goal within a kid's control is infinitely more exciting and productive than winning the Superbowl.  The... Continue Reading →

Clear, Consistent instruction is the Key

As part of the positive environment for the athlete, I provide a set of clear, specific instructions and goals. The athletes should never be unsure or confused about what I expect. It’s common for a coach to say something like “Don’t put too much weight on the bar” or “You need to try harder next... Continue Reading →

Exercise Caution Online

The personal trainer on the YouTube video promises that her curtsy lunge with dumbbells is the secret to “a beautiful butt,” then conducts a very enthusiastic series of deep curtsies with the legs thrown back – right, left, right, left – arms by the sides, back straight, head up. In reality she probably stands a... Continue Reading →

Guided Discovery

My youth athletic training-room culture promotes free choices and personal responsibility for the athletes by giving them opportunities for guided discovery. While it is important to know and follow the specific instructions I give in circumstances where they are learning new and proper exercise form, and I would never leave them in a situation that... Continue Reading →

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