The Sports Biometrics Conference is pleased to offer our reads a chance to enjoy podcasts by Conference Advisory Board member and Founder of the GAIN professional development network Vern Gambetta. Vern is als president of Gambetta Sports Training Systems.  Vern is recognized internationally as an expert in training and conditioning for sport having worked with world-class athletes and teams in a wide variety of sports. He is a popular speaker and writer on conditioning topics having lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Egypt, Australia and Europe. Vern’s coaching experience spans 49 years at all levels of competition. His background is track & field, having coached at all levels of the sport. In addition Vern served as the first director of the TAC Coaching Education Program, an innovative program designed to upgrade the standard of track and field coaching in the US. Episodes will appear here at the Sports Biometrics Conference site shortly after they are published by Vern.

Legendary coach Vern Gambetta coaches the best to be better. On the GAINcast he answers one question a week on training and coaching. The GAINcast is brought to you by the GAIN Network.

The best teams in the world aren’t just teams, they are systems. A system lends order and structure to enable the coach and athlete to focus on the process. It provides a framework to build on. On this week’s GAINcast we look at the power of systems, what makes a good system, and how systems fall apart.

  • 3:30 – A historical look at systems: “If you look at the teams that are good, there is more to it than talent. They have a system.”

  • 8:00 – Historical examples of systems and processes: “The best teams might not have the best technique, tactics, talent, or periodization. But what they do, they do well. They have a system to execute it to the best they can.”

  • 13:00 – Staring to create a system: “By the time you finish your second year of coaching you should have the identifiable elements of a system defined. Then the rest of your career you are constantly refining those elements. Don’t be so rigid that you can’t modify them.”

  • 15:45 – Key elements of a system: “Good systems are built on core values, progression, individualization, goals, and evaluation. They also have have a willingness to innovate; innovation comes around the edges, not in the core beliefs.”

  • 19:15 – The athlete’s role in the system.

  • 25:30 – Rigid systems and learning to adapt: “A system cannot be static. You have to be asking the questions that will get you better.

  • 30:00 – Talent identification and development.

  • 30:45 – Avoiding inbred systems.