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Well, you made it! Now, the fun part! In this module, you will study the effects of training, specifically, physical training. There are so many factors that go into putting together a winning program. Most people spend MOST of their time devising workouts for their athletes. It's fun, isn't it? You can hear coaches talking to each other at a competition - hey I've got this great workout! I doubt many coaches spark a conversation with a peer and start out, "You know, I've been doing a lot of thinking and I think I will rephrase my coaching philosophy." Or how about "I've finally controlled the arousal level of Billy; he is ready to go now." Well, maybe but most likely those coaches are discussing some physical feat their athlete mastered in practice that week.
We've learned that there are many aspects to a winning program. One thing is for sure, if you don't get the "training" part, you will be in trouble. Don't be that team that runs out of gas at the end of the season. Or how about that runner that can't react to the final kick in the race. The physical training of your athletes is very specific. It is broken down into phases, which are based on an annual training plan.
Each segment of your training has a distinct purpose with physiological goals. It is necessary to understand the physiological demands of your sport. You will incorporate speed, power, endurance and other principles of training.
This module also covers the nutritional demands of athletes. In order to keep up with the demands of training, the human body has to be fueled properly, including being properly hydrated. If your body can be bigger, stronger and faster than the next person, than you will be able to recover faster and do more work.
A coach is constantly changing and updating the perfect training plan. Each season, you will probably add to or subtract from your master plan. Maybe you attended a clinic, read a book, or researched on the internet. Either way, you can always add new ideas to your program. The key is to have an open mind, adapt to your athletes' demands and think globally. What I mean is to understand how each phase of training is dependent on the other. Understand, too, that your athletes will progress at varying rates and you must individualize training, whenever possible. Patience is important as you move forward and evaluate your athletes' needs. You may have to review or repeat instruction or workouts/drills until your athletes' respond. Realize that each day is part of the process of your overall goal. In this assignment, you will examine your season training plan. Planning your training in cycles or phases is called "periodization." Depending on your experience in this area, you may be starting from scratch or you may already have some type of plan that you refer to each season. Either way, you will have to take a good look at your training and how it can better benefit your athletes. If you are not coaching now, you will have to imagine your team for the future and how you will incorporate the training methods we have learned in this class.
Depending on the athletes you coach, whether it's a summer youth league, an adult swim class or even if you are a high school coach who coaches two sports, you have your job cut out for you! Your physical training program is vital for your athletes' success. Many coaches spend a lifetime critiquing their annual and seasonal plans, but at the same time stay with a general theme that they understand and find that works for their athletes. Oftentimes, coaches expand from what an ex-coach taught them as an athlete. Either way, an organized training plan is essential for your athletes to grow and develop.
In this assignment, you will write a paper on your season training plan. If you coach multiple seasons within a year, choose one season. If you are more of a recreational coach and your "season" is actually year-to-year competition, then focus on one part of the year for your season. As an ex-athlete and coach, I can appreciate the anxiety you may be feeling! Don't worry! You probably already have some ideas in your head, right now, that you can add in your paper! The format is as follows: your paper will be divided into sections, or phases of your training. Simply, write your paper in four sections - Off-season training, Pre-season training, Early season training, and Peak season training. You can find an example of the phases listed on page 280 of "Successful Coaching." Be sure to read the paragraph on an Annual Training Plan.
Depending on your experience, you will all have very different papers addressing similar issues, but in the same four phases. At minimum, in your paper, you must address the energy systems that you stress, the principles of training that you incorporate into your program and the types of assessment you use to determine success. Be specific when describing the areas of importance in each phase. Do you stress lifting, hill training, endurance running, agility, power and speed? If so, when? How do your athletes progress? How long do you stress each area of importance? What is the scientific basis you use to train the way you do? Your "Successful Coaching" book is a great resource as well as any of your training books or CD's that you have at home.
Your sport will have terminology that is used to describe training. If I say that I use microcycles or macrocycles when planning my training, would you know what I mean? In track and field and other sports, a microcycle could be a week, while a macrocycle is a group of microcycles. It is so important that you are current in your sport and you understand the consistent terms that people in your field are using. It will be interesting to hear the terms you use in your sport!
For the last page of your assignment, I would like you to submit an example of one of your cycles or phases. I attached an example of one of my weeks of training in the middle of my cross country season from 2006 that I have archived. (Following page) You may include a week, or a month, or whatever you use for your team. Use as much detail as you want. It is more important to me to see that you are creating forms and becoming organized coaches than the specifics of your training on this last page! Be sure to explain which phase or cycle you are including.
The minimum word count for this assignment is the usual 600 words. Be sure to re-read for grammatical errors!! Make sure you submit this paper as a word or rtf document, too. Always quote a source or two to add credibility to your paper. I just want to know where you are getting some of your information!
Well, you made it! Now, the fun part! In this module, you will study the effects of training, specifically, physical training. There are so many factors that go into putting together a winning program. Most people spend MOST of their time devising workouts for their athletes.