Author Archives: Karl Avdek
Author Archives: Karl Avdek
Youth Coaching Certification Youth Coaching Certification. The old “sheepskin on the wall” thing. You know … that piece of paper that is always framed and inevitably very prominently displayed in someone’s office or place of business because it offers “proof” that the owner of said document has been educated and found to be qualified to […]Read More..
Hello boys and girls. Knock. Knock. Anybody home? Did we all forget that the hitter is an offensive player? Hmmm! Okay, let’s all look this one up together to make sure. Is he/she called … a what? What is the hitting position called? Is it called “home plate protector”? No. It’s not called a home plate protector. Um, is […]Read More..
The head coach at the high school has just posted the final cuts for the baseball team and … CRUD!!! … you didn’t make it. CRUD!!! CRUD!!! CRUDDDDDDD!!! You place (drop is a better description) your chin onto your chest (Crash!!! Thud!!!), pull your cap over your eyes or slide your sunglasses on (“lack of […]Read More..
Kids can’t do what kids can’t do. Instructors need to give students information and skills that they can perform correctly and build upon. Simple, right? Obvious as well. It is, in fact, the fundamental principle upon which all education is based; the reality that learning is a PROGRESSIVE experience; a curriculum of DEVELOPING KNOWLEDGE and SKILL Students […]Read More..
A man in the popular baseball movie Bull Durham said, “This is a simple game. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball.” Okay then, why doesn’t ANYBODY (I need to amend that), why doesn’t EVERYBODY teach throwing? One almost could come to the (hopefully mistaken) conclusion that many of these […]Read More..
Very few things can be as frustrating to an athlete as feeling “stuck” in their performance. This is, of course, especially prominent in sports which are “measured” in “quantifiable” terms and by that I mean times, distances, weights, etc.; athletes like marathon runners; any kind of track athlete for that matter or swimmers; triathletes, weightlifters, […]Read More..
What you need and DON’T need to be confident in sports Ah, sports psychology and mental toughness … the “new frontier” in training for peak performance confidence and success in sports; especially with youth sports. Right? Well, sort of but, to be honest … mostly NOT. WHY not? “Perception”. You know that “thing” when what […]Read More..
Unfair Coaches. Bullying coaches. Unfair coaches. Bullying coaches. Coaching at the youth level… and specifically I mean UNFAIR coaches; BAD coaches; BULLYING coaches … at the youth level is by far and away the most volatile and incendiary (the definition of incendiary by the way is “a device designed to start FIRES) aspect of youth […]Read More..
Bullying in the teen and pre-teen population is pervasive; virtually omnipresent. ￼Thirty percent of American schoolchildren report being involved in a ￼bullying incident either as a bully, victim or bystander. Sixty four percent of ￼children who were bullied did not report the incident. The word “epidemic” might be an appropriate description of the situation. Let […]Read More..
Are you “stuck” in your riding; lodged in a rut or unable to break past a plateau? Are you frustrated and trying to figure out how to get “unstuck”. And whose fault is this? You? Your horse? Most importantly are you feeling “stuck” working with your present riding instructor? After all he/she is supposed […]Read More..