Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Intensity

A player’s intensity can be a great asset to his performance, a player that is able to perform at a higher intensity mentally as well as physically will excel at any skill he performs. But, how can we challenge the intensity to increase performance. I continue to explore new ways to challenge my athletes to increase their intensity, and consistency. Many players don’t understand how to keep intensity at a high level. They have been trained over time to just give enough to get by, if they only need to take 10 grounders a day to make the team then that is good enough. This can be very frustrating to me at times; I don’t understand how you can dream of playing a game at a high level and only do what is needed to get by. How can a player not want to be the best, or able to reach their full potential? I am not saying every player will go pro or has the potential to play pro ball, but, I have seen many players that through a lack of focus and intensity let the world pass them by. I have been working on a few aids that have had great success in helping many of my players find the intensity and consistency of intensity to raise their game to new levels. The ideas are simple, but can lay out a plan that can focus a ball players day to day routine.

1ST- We start to track the players practice schedule

-hitting, fielding, throwing.

This allows the player to see how much work is actually being done, the first time the player does this they will usually be surprised at the little they actually did at practice. Many players will say I put in 21/2 hours at practice that should be enough, but how much work did they actually get, 25 swings, 15 grounders, and couple base steeling opportunities.

2nd- Determine a plan of action to increase the players actual individual work time.

Set a day to day schedule on extra tee hitting drills, hitting off the curve ball machine, taking back hands, ect. The key is to start slow, just a few drills every night or every other night. Many times after the practice tracking reveals to the player the lack of work they have been doing they will be highly motivated to do extra work, but if they are overloaded, they set themselves up for failure. If the work load is too great the player will soon be stressed by the extra time commitment and will usually discontinue the activities. Remember to start slow and as progress is made it will be easy for the player to make adjustments and increase work load.

3rd- Keep track of the performance changes.

In many cases the player’s numbers will increase in just a few weeks, but the player will also start to exude more confidence and playing potential. The tracking of these changes can be an extra motivator to the player when tough times come, like a hitting slump. By reminding the player of the time committed to their performance and increased intensity the player can gain confidence and will themselves out of tough times.

Now this is not the only way to increase a player’s intensity, but just one of many. The goal is to increase performance and developing a plan and tracking progress increases the player’s ability to have a hands on experience, which in turn increases the success of the program. The first step is the decision to bring your game to a new level, it is hard work and sacrifice after that, in my opinion the fun part of the development process.

Brian Niswender, MA, CSCS

Monday, July 13, 2009

Finding Balance

How do you find balance in your life as a young athlete? Many of the young athletes I have had the chance to train are pulled in many directions and many find it difficult to find balance. They need to be social, develope skills, and train their bodies for the demands of their sport of choice, and many need to work during the off season. This is a very difficult question to address, but one of the most important skills they can learn at a young age is how to schedule there time. Many young athletes will learn that they have more time then they know if they just lay it all out and plan. This skill if developed early will only help the athlete succeed in the future. I have seen many young athletes flip out once they get to college because they did not learn how to plan. For the athlete take the chance to learn how to plan and to parents help them develope the skills and let them go.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Summer Training

It is now the second week of June and all High School Athletes should have a plan for training in the summer. The summer is for most high school athletes the off season and should see the most aggressive training programs to see the greatest increases in strength, power and speed.

During the summer the athlete should focus on total body strength. As an athlete you have the greatest chance for recovery and progress during the slow summer months. This means the workouts should be very challenging, and work on the major movement skills involved in the sport of choice. Dont be scared to be strong, with increased strength comes increased power, decrease in injury potential and greater speed.

Here is some suggestions on exercises that most athletes need during the summer:

Triple extension exercises:

Squating
Deadlifting
Lunging

Major push exercises:

Bench
DB Incline
Cable Chest Press

Major pull exercises:

Pull-up
Bar Rows
DB Rows

All these exercises are major movers and so proper mechanics is important to reach the true strength potential of the exercise. Please find a qualified professional for any questions on proper form. If you are not doing these type of exercises during the summer START, you can see great gains in strength, power and speed with the addition of some of these great exercises.

Friday, May 1, 2009

I came across this and found it interesting, what do think?

Why are you coaching?

This may be an easy question to answer for some.

Some may have genuine heartfelt reasons why they coach baseball. However, for some reason there is a large divide, a brick wall when it comes to coaching. A brick wall so tall and thick that it separates those that coach to assist and direct an athlete to become the best that they can become as athletes, building social, mental and physical skills and those that do it for personal status “self-worth” and don’t even get paid!

How many players could have continued to play the game only if it was not for some coach vacuuming the confidence right from the players’ heart and mind? Coaches manage personalities; they manage unique elements of the total team chemistry.

Coaching is a wonderful and rewarding privilege. However some treat it like it’s there god given right and they know everything there is to now about the sport from strength and conditioning to theory, whatever. It’s so true, some “humans” fear change. Perhaps this is due to lack of self worth.It’s funny though, those without the sense of self invite others with the creditability to come in and compliment the development process. Those that get their shirt in a knot, well it’s all about them, not the athlete.

The best thing a coach can do is provide a learning platform that enables an athlete to develop all their “one of a kind” human ability at a specific level of competition allowing that player to move forward in the next stage of the development process.

When the athlete looks back on the experience they can say, it was the best time of my life, I had fun, and I have no regrets! Perhaps this would stop the chain of events of some coaches who live vicariously though amateur sport with nothing but the win-win win at all cost directive.

- Author Unknown

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Welcome to Warrior

Welcome all athletes, coaches and Parents

It is time to take action. It is time to take ownership in your progression. How far do you want to go? How good to you want to be? Hopefully the answer is the best. The staff at Warrior Sports Training (WST) has one goal, one purpose; help athletes and coaches find the path and walk the path that leads to success. We hope this blog will stir discussion and provide information to the ones willing to walk the path