A key component of managing a group of students and/or athletes (regardless of age) is the teacher’s/coach’s rapport with participants in their sessions. From day one of teacher education programs and many coach education courses, we hear about the importance of relationships. We are inundated with information, discussions, and resources for building strong relationships with the youth we serve.
One of the most positive ancillary benefits of sports, physical education, free play, and physical activity in general is the fact that they all develop character and other social-emotional skills in the participants. Such traits and skills as leadership, responsible decision-making, integrity, self-awareness, and MUCH more are baked into each and every game, practice, session, and lesson. They are
As we continue to have conversations with parents, coaches, teachers, and many other youth development stakeholders, we are getting more and more questions about session design and planning. So, in this article we decided to outline how each of our sessions in the AMAC Program is organized, as well as some keys to success for each portion of the
In our last blog post, we discussed the holistic nature of the LTAD framework. In this post, I’ll shed some light onto how the AMAC program operationalizes the LTAD model. Over the years, we have found success implementing a program rooted in the LTAD framework in school PE departments, multi-sport organizations, and even at the individual practitioner level. We have
Long-Term Athlete Development. Long-Term Athletic Development. Long-Term Development. Whatever your stance on the “A” in LTAD is, you’ve likely heard, seen, and are probably a decent proponent of LTAD. We’ve all seen the hashtags along with videos of athletes in the weight room, in a park, or even in a living room. Each video touting what the folks posting the
As adults, we are at the bottom of a steep hill and struggling to move when it comes to youth development. The landscape is bleak and only tiny pockets are making steps toward bettering it for our future generations. Why do I say that? Well, pick your poison: The above list just