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Jack Skille Show Episode 10: Season finale

On Episode 10, we wrap up season 1 by looking back at our past episodes, and what we learned from talking to Olympians, NHL captains, elite coaches, and my father. In addition, we share our key thoughts on development and put together a checklist for what to look for in a successful development program. Read more

Jack Skille Show Episode 7: Craig Smith’s road to the pros

On Episode 7 of the Jack Skille Show we are joined by Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators. A fellow Madison native, Craig’s journey to the pros took many unique turns. He walks us through what it took to make it to the top. Read more

Jack Skille Show Episode 6: Like father, like son

On Episode 6 of the Jack Skille Show we are joined by Lee Skille. Not only did Lee raise his son Jack to become a successful hockey player (and person), he was also a collegiate hockey player himself, and has decades of experience coaching youth and high school hockey. On this episode he discusses his own experiences in parenting and coaching. Read more

GAINcast Episode 189: Finding true talent (with Paula Jardine)

Many talent identification programs are based primarily on testing, but when we look at what has worked best historically, one-off testing has consistently shown itself to be insufficient. On this week’s podcast, talent development expert Paula Jardine takes a historic look at talent identification and shares some best practices on what works to develop champions. Read more

The Jack Skille Show coming May 1

I’m excited to announce a new project in collaboration with HMMR Media: the Jack Skille Show. The first show will drop on May 1, but you can already subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or via RSS on other platforms. Read more

How long does it take to develop an Olympian?

Back in 1993, Anders Ericsson made his name by publishing a study in which he claimed that deliberate practice—the time spent practicing a skill designed solely for the purpose of performance enhancement—was the main differentiator between good and elite violinists. This soon became highly popularized—although Ericsson is keen to point out not by him—as the 10,000 hour rule. Read more

November 2019 in review: foundational strength

We took a step back to the basics this month by looking at building foundational strength. Foundational strength is that strength quality that establishes the trainability for all the other strength qualities. Throughout the month we put together 1 new video, 3 new podcasts, and 4 articles from 10 contributors. Read more

Long and strong: why athletes need both

As young people go through their growth spurts their bones become longer. In the short term this can be detrimental to skill and strength as they become accustomed to their longer levers. They have become long, but not strong. Imagine rolling modeling clay out on a table. You start off with a solid ball and watch as it gradually gets longer and thinner. You pick it up and it flops around, useful for shaping, but more likely to fall apart. Read more

GAINcast Episode 174: Foundational strength roundtable

Building the athlete from the ground up requires a strong foundation. But what materials go into that foundation? When is it built? How do we maintain it? On this week’s GAIN cast we bring together a roundtable with guests James Marshall and Steve Myrland to discuss the topic from all angles. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 209: Foundations (with Vern Gambetta)

How you build the foundation is critical to the long-term success of an athlete. Foundational strength is that strength quality that establishes the trainability for all the other strength qualities. On this episode friend Vern Gambetta joins us to discuss the training methods and progressions we use to develop foundational strength. Read more