GAINcast Episode 195: Role of competition in development

Sport is about competition. Without games or races, training often has little meaning. Sports are being forced to reevaluate their structure due to the global pandemic, so it as good a time as any to rethink what we can get out of competition and how to organize it. Competition is about more than the final score and the more we set up competition to focus on that, the better. We share some thoughts and ideas on this week’s GAINcast.

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Notes and quotes

  • 1:30 – The dual meet as a solution to COVID-19.
  • 3:30 – The value of competition: “Your competition is your test. It is the exam. Coaches are teachers and we need to expose athletes to why they are training. They are training to test themselves in the competitive environment and gauge improvement.”
  • 4:30 – Martin and Vern’s experience with dual meets.
  • 9:30 – Learning to compete: “The trend with top athletes is to compete less and less. You have to learn how to compete and the best way to do that is by competing.”
  • 12:00 – Downsides of competing: “Don’t get us wrong, you need to compete, but the youth sports syndrome is not valuable competition.”
  • 14:00 – What is competition: “The word competition comes means striving together with. If I compete with better people I will be better. I may not win, but I will be better.”
  • 19:45 – Framing competitions and finding tactical as well as performance goals.
  • 22:15 – Alternative competition formats
  • 25:50 – Managing stress and competition load.
  • 29:00 – Creating competitive experiences.

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: