The essence of efficient movement in everyday life and sport is the ability to make effective and appropriate shapes for the activity. From a sport performance perspective making shapes and changing shapes is a central objective in training. It is a perspective to view movement with new eyes.

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Some Friday thoughts

A few thoughts on coaching and training to start off the weekend early:

  • Never ever forget that training accumulates day to day, week to week, month to month and year to year. Therefore, you do not need to start over at zero each year. Build upon what you have done in a logical progression.
  • Sometimes what we do not do in training is as important as what we actually do.
  • Sometimes imitation can spur innovation.
  • To prevent shoulder injuries, hamstring pulls, and groin pulls stop the focus on the shoulder, hamstring and groin and look at their role of the in the kinetic chain. Think coordination & muscle synergies to achieve technical mastery which will go a long way to preventing injuries.
  • It would be great to see youth sport come back under the umbrella of education as part of the schools offering. Instead, it has been farmed and it has spawned a multimillion-dollar industry that is not good to the kids. Kids are being used!
  • “Do not place hope in finding a secret technique,” said Kyuzo Mifune. “Polish the mind through ceaseless training; that is the key to effective techniques.”
  • Challenge – What are you doing NOW to get better at what you do?


Words create images and images create action. This is an axiom that I learned over 50 years ago. It has stood the test of time.

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No app for that

There is no app that will magically teach you to be a better coach. Becoming a better coach is a process. It requires daily investment in time and effort to achieve mastery of the skills necessary. Coaching is a people profession – it is not high tech; it is high touch. Technology and science should inform what we do, not drive what we do as coaches.

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Memories of Sam Cunningham

Sam was a great athlete that I was fortunate to coach in my first-year coaching when he won the California State Meet in the shot put. I have fond memories of Sam the athlete. In 1970 in my first decathlon Sam also did his first and only decathlon. After that he turned his attention to football, where he was a legend. Looking back through the prism of time my fondest memories are of Sam the person.

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Something to think about

This post was inspired by my third read of Adam Grants great book Think Again and conversations with coaches and administrators over the past few weeks. It is the time of the year when we are earnestly planning for the next year, debriefing the last year and the last Olympic cycle. One thing I know for sure no matter how successful you or your team has been you must change to be better. It may be small incremental changes or a complete about face from what you have done before.

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Eric Hoffer: the true believer

If you want insights and a deeper understanding of what is happening today this book is a must read. It was first published in 1952. I first read it for a class in college in the mid 1960’s. He is one of my intellectual heroes. As a college student I devoured everything he wrote. Eric Hoffer, the author resists classification. He had no formal education beyond early elementary school. He was migrant worker for many years and then a longshoreman in San Francisco. He was self-educated, having spent all his free time in public libraries reading history and philosophy.

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Thoughts from morning walks and long bike rides

Here are 10 recent thoughts that came up on morning walks and long bike rides:

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Thoughts on end of season review/debrief

Whether you are a national governing body reviewing your performance at the Olympic games or a high school coach just ending your season and preparing for next year. Here are few thoughts that may help you begin an effective performance review/debrief.

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Tokyo Olympics in the rear view mirror

Well, the 2021 Olympics are in the books. It was an Olympics like no other. Great performances, disappointing performances, surprising performances, great upsets, in short just about everything you want to see in an athletic contest. But something was missing for me, and it wasn’t spectators.

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