Coaching

in Praise of my Mentors

When I was a young coach, I was desperate for advice and mentoring, but it was very uncommon back then (late 60s-early 70s), so the only way to get any sort of help was to volunteer at a school and pray that one of the coaches took you under his wing.  I grew up with a father in the construction...

Elevator Philosophy

As coaches, we are faced with multiple questions every day, and having a framework to guide us in answering these questions is essential.   It is an obvious statement - but one that is surprisingly often overlooked.   Rather than writing programs based upon educated personal beliefs (or a 'training philosophy'), many of us mindlessly prescribe what was given to us when...

ALTIS 360 Highlight – Speed Development with Clive Brewer

The latest addition to the FREE section of ALTIS 360 comes courtesy of Clive Brewer and his presentation titled, Developing Speed in a Chaotic Movement Context. Clive has 25 years of experience coaching a variety of sporting populations with most of his work coming at the professional level in Rugby, Soccer, and Baseball. You can get an understanding of what...

Your Olympic Preparation starts NOW!

Did you know that ALTIS is actually the ancient name for the sanctuary of the gods in Olympia, Greece? What better place to prepare for your Olympic dreams? With Tokyo 2020 just two years away, begin your preparation with us here in Phoenix this Fall. We aim to provide an unparalleled athlete membership experience. This includes: An Experienced Team of Coaches World-Class Training...

December in ALTIS 360°

As most of us start to wind down for the Christmas break, ALTIS 360° is just warming up for the second December installment of educational goodies for your stocking… This Month on ALTIS 360°… Dr. Gerry Ramogida: The Performance Trinity  @DrGerryRamogida                  http://drgerryramogida.com As one of the Godfathers of the Performance Therapy model, Gerry...

Life as a Competition

"How can we apply this understanding of the increased motivation and drive experienced through competition, and harness it into increased performance? And how do we do this specifically within an individual sport such as track & field? While lining athletes up next to each other for sprints and drills is an option, it is not always the best option from...

Laconic Coaching

ALTIS performance director - Stuart McMillan takes the helm this week, with a look into what ancient history can teach the coaches of today. “He who knows how to speak, knows also when” - Archidamidas Lately, I have been reading a lot on ancient history. I especially enjoy books on ancient Greek history and philosophy. It was a fascinating culture,...

Coaching High School Athletes

Hailing from Illinois, Jeff Boele spent his formative years in the Chicago suburbs, followed by 9 years in the southern part of the state near St. Louis. In 2005 he moved with his wife to Boulder, CO. The 36 year old English Education Graduate has now been coaching for 15 years in a variety of capacities, most recently Lyon High...

Dan Pfaff on competition-time coaching

Last July, on a decidedly damp summer afternoon in Glasgow during the 20th Commonwealth Games, Coach Pfaff and I were sat in an apartment overlooking Hampden Park Stadium. Whilst listening to the nearby roar of the crowd as a home town girl clenched gold, Dan and I had been chatting about the Scottish weather and relative merits of local coffee...
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