Solid Foundations Make Strong Buildings

by Matt Cuccaro, Ed.M.

The same is true when developing great athletes.  An unstable foundation creates a weak base.  A weak base cannot support continued growth.  Without continued growth, an athletic career will never reach its true potential.  A solid foundation on the other hand, can support a great amount of growth, development, and skill acquisition.  A solid foundation built upon sound fundamentals will also remain stable in pressure situations.  Great coaches and athletes continuously monitor the fundamentals of their sport before moving on to more advanced areas of development, which lays the foundation for long, prosperous, and healthy careers.

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This model of player development may seem elementary, but following through to physically put the model into action is not.  In the real world of sport and competition, coaches and players face constant criticism and doubt when growth, skill development, and wins do not add up quickly.  This criticism and doubt often comes from those closest to the coaches and athletes themselves (parents, friends, team owners/management, etc…).  The temptation to move on to more advanced and more creative skills quickly builds.  Let’s face it, working on fundamentals is typically not as much fun or challenging for coaches and athletes either.  This adds even greater pressure to abandon the patience and long-term vision required to stick to the basics .  Remember, however, that once the coach or athlete does give in to this temptation, there is no way to turn back the clock.  Before you know it, the model starts to look a bit more like this…

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Which model best fits your philosophy?  Does that philosophy show itself in your everyday training?


1 Response to “Solid Foundations Make Strong Buildings”

  1. 1 Dean S November 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I agree that the fundamentals provide the foundation for great athletic performance.

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