Author Archives: Karl Avdek
Author Archives: Karl Avdek
Teach proper running mechanics for youngsters. “Get them when they’re young and teach them how to run” and “Speed kills so teach speed skills.” These are both great fundamental philosophies and slogans for any youth sports program. I am a huge huge HUGE proponent of teaching, training, and administrating and managing youth athletes in a […]Read More..
There is a saying among teaching and coaching professionals throughout ALL sports and especially TEAM sports. Speed kills!!! There is no one single factor that impacts on athletic performance as much as speed. It is more important than size and even sport specific skill and hand-eye coordination. It literally … the correct word would be […]Read More..
Are you afraid of “not making it into college baseball? Professional baseball scouts discuss college and professional baseball. If you are a high school baseball player who wants to play in college you and your entire family have sacrificed and worked like mules to achieve your dream of playing at the next level and as […]Read More..
Why Mental Toughness is important in Sports Parenting “In our half-century of international research, we’ve not found any other … experience that has as strong and consistent effect on personality and personality development as does … REJECTION, especially by parents in childhood.” Dr. Ronald Rohner of the University of Connecticut; international psychologist Wow … REJECTION!!! […]Read More..
Use Mental Toughness to get out of a batting slump!!! One year I started the season 0 for 19. Was I going too fast for you? Okay, let me say it again slower: 0 for 19! A “zero” and then a “one” with a “nine” next to it. Nineteen at bats. Zero hits. Ouch!!! How […]Read More..
Coaching young athletes can be enormously rewarding. Just remember who you’re working with. Participation in sports is great. There are incredibly rewarding and enriching “life lessons” in sports; lessons that translate to success in literally every aspect of “life” itself. And, by the way, not just for the kids but for us adults as well. […]Read More..
The Launch Angle and the Young Players Here comes yet ANOTHER launch angle discussion!!! AGAIN!!!???!!! And again. And again. And again. (Is anybody out there sick of hearing about this?) Probably yes … and probably no. I’m sure MOST of us are saying … “Yes, I am tired of HEARING about it. However … no, […]Read More..
Mentally tough athletes control their anger Three years ago a young man was recommended to the program I conduct for college baseball players who aspire to play professional ball. We work every detail of an individual’s game; strength, speed, and all “skills”; throw, hit, run, catch, with an emphasis on the mental game. In addition […]Read More..
Team Sport Athletes Sprint. No jogging. Run or Sprint “Back in the day”; when I was running track in college the “standard procedure” for training was to build strength and power ON TOP OF endurance for ALL runners. I had never heard of tempo running or high intensity interval training. I was a sprinter. I […]Read More..
The passionate and talented player who struggles for playing time; especially on travel teams. Yesterday I got a phone call from a father looking for guidance and help and direction for his thirteen year old son. It seems as if the family has been participating in the whole “pay to play” deal (… if you’re […]Read More..