Last month, my daughter was asked:
Do you have a Dad?
In Boulder, that’s a loaded question.
She smiled and said, “Yes, I have a Dad.”
The question has come up before.
I stay invisible around my kids’ sports.
I do this with intention.
I want them…
- to be INTERNALLY motivated
- to keep our RELATIONSHIP separate from their athletic success, or otherwise
- to INTERACT with them – I’m a player, not a spectator
Living in a town that places excessive glory on sport, my actions:
- Support Internal Motivation
- Lower Athletic Stakes
- Focus on Shared Experiences
My daughter put me in a bind when she asked me to coach her.
Remember my advice to place the RELATIONSHIP ahead of performance
In January, we started a simple program – 20 minutes, done every Sunday, I’m not in the room
For the summer, I asked myself…
What do we want to achieve?
- For next season => get off the wall FAST
- Over the next 1,000 days => set up capacity to go heavy at 16 yo
I came up with three 20-minute sessions per week:
- Continue the dryland program
- Street sprints
- Gym skill development & personal limiter mobility work
Let’s look at each
DRYLAND => keep what’s working, an all-around program she enjoys => good enough
SPRINTS => to get her off the wall FAST => choose an activity with close to max lower body recruitment
Uphill, street sprints – with casual walk downs
This tweet from Gerry explains more – it was a reminder of techniques we used in New Zealand.
Review & consider Gerry’s graphics – Hierarchy of Sports Performance and Motor Unit Recruitment
To set up the street sprints, she’s doing intramural track right now.
SKILLS => with ~8 swims a week, street sprints and dryland… plenty of load.
A 1:1 session gives me a chance to assess her fatigue while teaching:
- Squat Variations
- Cleans (I have a 20# “kid” bar)
- Sandbag Variations (I have a 15# “kid” bag)
- Hip flexor openings
- Eccentric rehab techniques
Let’s pull together the key points:
- KEEP what works
- maintain the sport-specific schedule from last summer
- her load is increasing naturally by getting faster
- she’s enjoying the 20-minute dryland from YouTube
- Train general SKILLS – often missed at the sport-specific level
- PICK ONE thing that would make a difference
- RAMP LOAD GRADUALLY
Be patient – three summers until she’s 16.
As AC/DC remind us, it is a long way to the top (if you wanna to rock ‘n’ roll).