New, Old School Training
By Joe Ulm
We began testing out a new training program this week and, if all goes well, we’ll probably add it to our Player Excellence program in the future. There’s much work to be done first of course (get feedback from players and parents, make modifications, formalize the curriculum, etc.), but this is one program I’d love to see take off. Here’s why.
- The foundation of the training is rooted in time-tested, old-school concepts.
- It brings 4 key elements together that players can use over and over to get better at just about anything.
- It helps develop resiliency.
- It demonstrates the value of persistence.
In many ways, it’s the opposite of our electronic-filled, instant-gratification world – and that’s what makes it so valuable. Because developing a difficult skill always requires persistent, deliberate effort over an period of time. There is no gratification, initially. In fact, our efforts are usually met with failure after failure at first. But if we’re able to push through the failure, the reward is far greater on the other side. This is how we learn.
So I’m really hoping the training goes well and the players see great results from their effort. It’s all a bit old-school, sure, but that might be exactly why it’s so valuable.
Stay United everyone.