are you a coach or a teacher?

Years ago, legendary basketball coach John Wooden told people that he didn’t see himself as a coach as much as a teacher. He referred to himself as an educator, and the game of basketball was merely a platform to instruct his athletes about winning in life. He succeeded profoundly. …

Traditional Coach Teacher
One-way communication. Two-way interaction.
Yells orders. Facilitates learning.
Confronts mistakes by shouting. Confronts mistakes with listening.
Focuses on what needs to be done. Explains how and why it must be done.
It’s about telling. It’s about teaching.

Are You a Coach or a Teacher?

Great article. :-)

Wooden book

Marsden on finishing 2nd

… While it seemed heartbreaking watching the Utes finish .05 behind the Florida Gators, Marsden has no regrets.

You know, never been an outcome kind of guy. I know outcome is important, but that has never been my focus. My focus has been on the process. It hurt because we got that close…” Marsden shared, “So it hurt for about a minute, but then you think, no one really expected us to do that, no one expected us to be there, and we did everything we could. The girls really left it out on the floor, did everything they could, and I believe in what I preach, and that’s all you can expect.” …

Double Double – Talking with Greg Marsden

Utah 2nd

Utah gymnastics: Red Rocks finish second to Florida at Super Six

Wayne Goldsmith on over-coaching

WayneAnother thought provoking article by the leader in though provoking coaching articles. :-)

Who OVER coaches?

Typically five types of coaches OVER coach:

1. Young, inexperienced coaches who are trying too hard

2. Coaches who lack real belief in themselves and who try to make up for it by giving too much information. …

3. Coaches who lack belief in their athletes and feel the need to control every element of preparation and performance

4. Coaches who are being evaluated or assessed and aim to impress …

5. EGO driven coaches …

Problems with Over-coaching:

1. All sports require athletes / players to take responsibility for decision making and problem solving in competition.

6. Coaching is about creating independent athletes / players.

9. Over coaching can create anxiety and pressure

read more … Improve your Coaching by NOT Coaching

the truth about success

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should gymnasts do other sports?

We KNOW that athletes from the lesser sports should be cross-training Gymnastics.

But should we encourage our gymnasts to play other sports?

I think so. As long as they don’t get injured.

… If it takes an infographic of [football head coach] Urban Meyer’s football recruits at Ohio State [the Buckeyes won the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship in January] to shift the paradigm in youth sports, then so be it. The image above clearly demonstrates that the overwhelming majority of his recruits are multi-sport kids. …


This is not new information, but it has caused quite a stir. Here is what it says in a nutshell: To be an elite level player at a college or professional sport, you need a degree of exceptional athleticism. And the best medically, scientifically, and psychologically recommended way to develop such all around athleticism is ample free play and multiple sport participation as a child.

Why? Well let’s see what the experts say …

… Steve Nash, who got his first basketball at age 13 and credits his soccer background for making him a great basketball player …

Are all sports the same?

No, they are not. They each require specific athletic, technical, and tactical skill sets. Some sports, in order to be elite, require early specialization, such as gymnastics and figure skating. Other sports are so dependent upon physical prowess (American football, basketball, volleyball, rugby, and others) that the technical skills and tactical know-how can be developed later. …

Can you guess the one thing that most elite athletes have in common?

related – Is It Wise to Specialize?: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Early Sports Specialization and its Effect Upon Your Child’s Athletic Performance

Thank coach John Carroll for the link.

Visual Data in Collegiate Gymnastics

Posted February 17, 2015 by Michigan Men’s Gymnastics Team member Hub Humphrey:

Visual Data has transformed the way collegiate gymnastics is analyzed. Pie graphs, line charts, and bar graphs give gymnasts and coaches the ability to analyze trends of each team and individual gymnast by competition.

Road to Nationals is the best and only website that I know of that takes all the results and statistics of each competition and displays it in a visual form. …

The Value of Visual Data in Collegiate Gymnastics

road to Nationals

There’s a permanent link to Road to Nationals in the right hand navigation.

via @StickitMedia

Uptown Abs at Manjak’s

Two sets. :-)


The first training day after a competition is a perfect time for conditioning.

Uptown Abs by Andrew Vetter is well over 20 million views on Facebook and YouTube. (VIDEO)

Manjak’s Gymnastics.