Oct 12, 2017
Webinar assists coaches with making adjustments

A coach’s job doesn’t end with the last game of the season. Building and sustaining a successful sport program requires purposeful, year-round commitment to excellence. In his groundbreaking book, Coaching Better Every Season: A Year-Round System for Athlete Development and Program Success, Dr. Wade Gilbert presents proven coaching methods and practices for each season on the sport calendar – preseason, in-season, postseason, and off-season – and offers specific actions, tools, and guidelines for coaches to develop a cycle of continuous improvement for their athletes, their teams, and themselves.

In this entry in his Coaching Better Every Season Webinar Series, “In-Season: Guiding Athletes and Team to Peak Performance,” Gilbert focuses on the In-Season phase of coaching, which is used to enact the season plan. It includes the entire competitive schedule, spanning from early exhibition games through end-of- season tournaments. In this phase, successful coaches spend many hours preparing detailed practice plans and competition strategies. Running effective practices requires an awareness of teaching and learning principles and a long-term view of athlete development. Quality coaching during competitions depends on a coach’s ability to notice the performance trends and make the right tactical adjustments at the right time. Efficient practices and the quality in-competition adjustments are surefire ways to guide athletes to peak performance.

Webinar takeaways

 •  Eight principles of quality practice design

 •  Effective use of instructional cues and feedback

 •  Pre-competition routines for helping athletes perform at their peak

 •  Competition checkpoints to improve in-game adjustments

View the recorded webinar now!

Webinar presenter Dr. Wade Gilbert is an award-winning professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno. Prior to Fresno State he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sport Psychology and Talent Development at UCLA. As Human Kinetics Coach Education advisor, “The Coach Doc” writes articles and conducts webinars on a variety of coaching issues.

Wade is author of the acclaimed coaching book Coaching Better Every Season, published by Human Kinetics, and is editor-in- chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal.

He holds degrees in Physical Education, Human Kinetics, and Education from the University of Ottawa in Canada. Gilbert has more than 25 years of experience conducting applied research and consulting with coaches of youth, high school, college, national and Olympic teams around the world. He is widely published and is frequently invited to serve as a featured speaker at national and international events.


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