Learn to ask the right (appropriate) question. Be willing to ask the hard questions others are unwilling to ask. Here are some questions I find myself asking quite often:

  • What is the difference?
  • Can I replicate that?
  • Will that work in a different environment and situation?
  • Is that result an outlier?
  • Where do you go from here?
  • How do you dial it up or dial it down?
  • Is what you are doing facilities, equipment and technology dependent?
  • If so can you do it without facilities, equipment or technology?
  • What is the absolute minimum you do to achieve an adaptive response?
  • If you have just achieved a personal best or won a championship – What do you have to do to get better?
  • How do you measure the effectiveness of your training program?
  • Where do you get your ideas?
  • Who or what inspires you?
  • Can you explain what you do to a ten year ?
  • What are you personally doing to get better as a coach?
  • Where will the biggest gains in your sports come from?
  • Where are the possibilities for marginal gains?
  • Do you have mastery of the basics?
  • Do you review the basics everyday? If not why not?
  • How do teach and refine the technical model of your sport?
  • Is your technical model sound?
  • Who is your alter ego? Who keeps you on track and honest?
  • What are the facts?
  • Is what you are doing proactive or reactive? Why?
  • Does your system and methodology rely only on evidence based practice or does it take into consideration practice based evidence?
  • Who are your role models?

When it is all said and done the words of Gertrude Stein come to mind:

“The answer is there is no answer.”

-Author Gertrude Stein

So keep asking questions to grow and learn.

1 reply
  1. Pete
    Pete says:

    Read Garry Calvert’s recent post on his Facebook page. It deals with a lack of training/development of US javelin throwers at the University level. Too many Javelin throwers are requiring Tommy Johm surgery due to torn UCL’s. These injuries can be avoided with proper training/throwing fundamentals. Yet too many so called throwing coaches are ruining good javelin throwers.


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