What’s The Point?

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I hear a lot of coaches, players, parents, and administration/front office staff talking about old school vs new school. Data vs gut. Tradition vs innovation. I think both sides need to pause and understand that coaches have been teaching human movement since the game began. We have to remember that data doesn’t create a movement. The movement creates the data. 

The data merely tells us how we’re doing.

As far as “new and innovative” is concerned. I don’t see anything wrong with looking at the status quo and asking that it pass what I call the “What’s the point?” test. If a training tool or technique can’t pass the “What ’s the point?” test, then maybe we shouldn’t be doing it. 

We all get the same 86,400 seconds in every day. If we want an edge, we can’t afford to waste any of them. 

Today’s player gets banged on for being soft and afraid to work hard. I don’t see it. One of our pro clients, Cody Allen nailed it recently when he said, 

 “I’m not afraid of hard. I’m afraid of wrong.”

Today’s player wants to work hard. But he doesn’t want to work on things that don’t pass the “What’s the point?” test. 

Individualization of training has become an industry buzz word— often morphing into a marketing tagline. To some, having one guy doing barbell bench press and another doing dumbbell bench represents individualized planning. To others, individualization means setting up stations where guys are running around randomly doing a bunch of variable, often non-contextual drills.

Not surprisingly, true individualization of training is … complex. 

It has to be. Because humans, like any other dynamic system, are … complex.

But once you understand the language of Dynamic Systems Theory, the process becomes simple. 

To achieve targeted, customized training, you have to first understand the most important parts of the movement — the parts you can’t get wrong. In DST, these are known as attractors. 

Then, you have to be able to assess your player .. to look at what Frans Bosch calls his “hardware” … his physical traits. Some of these we can change, and some are unchangeable (just the way his bones are structured). 

And, finally, you have to match that hardware with his “software” — the way his body is choosing to express the movement. 

We all can agree that there is an infinite number of ways for a player to swing or throw. Our job is to match his hardware to his software and then to create training environments that encourage his body to choose patterns that optimize his physical traits. 

When we help our athlete move more efficiently, he burns fewer calories. He is inspired and motivated to work harder than ever for two reasons. 1) the hard work doesn’t cost as much energy, so he is able to do more, and 2) the results he gets convince him that he’s passing the “What’s the point?” test — that he’s not getting it wrong. 

Like our friend Cody Allen, at the Florida Baseball Ranch®, we are not afraid hard. But we are afraid of wrong. Understanding hyper-individualization of training under the umbrella of Dynamic Systems Theory will help you and your players get it right. 

When you attend the 2019 FBR/SOS Baseball Skill Acquisition Summit, in the beginning, things may appear hard and complex. No need to worry. 

We’ll have the most forward-thinking coaches in the business funnel everything down to simple, tangible actionable processes you can use immediately. You’ll leave inspired, energized, and fully equipped to help your players avoid the frustration of getting it wrong. They’ll dive into the hard work with a new level of passion. 

And together, we’ll all get it right.

Click on the link below to register.

We’ll see you at The Ranch.

Randy Sullivan, MPT, CSCS
CEO, Florida Baseball Ranch

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