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Chasing Greatness

Another coat of paint won't work this year

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There is a concept known as Pareto’s Law, or the 80/20 principle, that says, generally speaking, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. This idea can be applied in a number of situations.

80% of your points will come from 20% of your athletes.

80% of classroom participation will come from 20% of your students.

Here at Athletes’ Acceleration, 80% of our sales come from 20% of our subscriber list.

As a coach, you have to spend time developing all of your athletes. But, if you want to have a successful program, the bulk of attention must go to the 20% of the team scoring 80% of your points.

In class, you have to find ways to motivate and involve all of your students. But, if you want to have the biggest possible impact in terms of transfer and acquisition of knowledge, the bulk of attention will go to the 20% of students putting in 80% of the effort.

Through Athletes’ Acceleration, I want to help every interested coach, parent and athlete be the best they can be. To make such an impact requires us all being on the same page, speaking the same language.

As the demands on my time continue to grow and with another 30-40 hours per week being added to my schedule once the season starts in 10 weeks, I must become more efficient in the information I put out.

Simply put, it means spending more time creating and bringing in information for those of you who have joined The New Breed of Coaches by investing in your athletes, i.e., the ones putting in 80% of the effort.

Sadly, this means less time trying to convince the masses that they should.

In your heart of hearts you know you’re not going to be competitive this year if all you do is slap a new coat of paint on that old, wood paneled, rusted, grocery-getter coaching system you’re still driving around. Not when the rest of us traded ours in for Range Rovers. Just because it still drives doesn’t mean you should still be driving it.

You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t committed to putting your athletes in a position to succeed. And you don’t want to kick yourself later in the season when you realize you should have bit the bullet back in
September, do you? Make an investment in your athletes before the sale ends at midnight tonight.

 

17 Comments

  • Dave says:

    I really like your work, owning CST 1&2 amongst others. The skills are universal – I’m successfully applying them to middle distance runners and soccer players as well as sprinters. I’m mulling over purchasing Sports Camp Empire, as that’s an area I’d like to expand my business into. It leads to two questions though. The first, and I appreciate this might well be for another day, is how to I get into coaching in the USA given that I live and in the UK, with no ties to the USA? The second, very related, is how translatable is the information in Sports Camp Empire to the UK? Thanks for your help.

  • Dave says:

    I really like your work, owning CST 1&2 amongst others. The skills are universal – I’m successfully applying them to middle distance runners and soccer players as well as sprinters. I’m mulling over purchasing Sports Camp Empire, as that’s an area I’d like to expand my business into. It leads to two questions though. The first, and I appreciate this might well be for another day, is how to I get into coaching in the USA given that I live and in the UK, with no ties to the USA? The second, very related, is how translatable is the information in Sports Camp Empire to the UK? Thanks for your help.

  • junior says:

    i brought the cst2 the chrildren i am coaching is from 5years to 13 years how many days a week should i train them and how long a day ,i need to find out

  • junior says:

    i brought the cst2 the chrildren i am coaching is from 5years to 13 years how many days a week should i train them and how long a day ,i need to find out

  • Bruce Arsenault says:

    Latif,
    As a parent with 10.2 speed in the 40, is it possible for me to teach my son to run faster by purchaing CST. I realize that in any sport technique is number one to start. Will we be able to learn proper running technique through your tapes and how will I know if he is doing them properly?

  • micheal says:

    I’m looking for a program for my 10 year old son, who plays football and hockey. He has all the sports specific skills, but has poor athletic ability. Are any of your programs suitable?

  • Latif Thomas, Athletes' Acceleration says:

    Dave: Thank you for your continued support! Honestly I have no answer for your first question. If you don’t live here, it’s going to be hard to establish a coaching base here. There is, of course, a solution to every problem. I just don’t know the solution to this one. To your second question – I can’t say exactly how SCE will translate in the UK. But I do know that I like to study how a pattern from situation X can be used to explain the likely (and currently unknown) outcome for situation Y. So I would say that SCE would apply universally to your potential customers in the UK the same way CST applies universally to sprinters, middle distance runners and soccer players. You just have to look at the patterns/commonalities between concepts and adapt them, if necessary, to your particular situation.

    junior: I would never call anything I do with a 5 year old ‘training’. Because a 5 year old needs guided play not organized training. So for them, a couple half hour ‘guided play’ sessions a week is sufficient. If they have a blast, maybe more. For the 13 year olds, 3 days per week of organized training should be sufficient. From beginning to end, the workout should be no more than an hour.

  • Latif Thomas, Athletes' Acceleration says:

    Dave: Thank you for your continued support! Honestly I have no answer for your first question. If you don’t live here, it’s going to be hard to establish a coaching base here. There is, of course, a solution to every problem. I just don’t know the solution to this one. To your second question – I can’t say exactly how SCE will translate in the UK. But I do know that I like to study how a pattern from situation X can be used to explain the likely (and currently unknown) outcome for situation Y. So I would say that SCE would apply universally to your potential customers in the UK the same way CST applies universally to sprinters, middle distance runners and soccer players. You just have to look at the patterns/commonalities between concepts and adapt them, if necessary, to your particular situation.

    junior: I would never call anything I do with a 5 year old ‘training’. Because a 5 year old needs guided play not organized training. So for them, a couple half hour ‘guided play’ sessions a week is sufficient. If they have a blast, maybe more. For the 13 year olds, 3 days per week of organized training should be sufficient. From beginning to end, the workout should be no more than an hour.

  • Latif Thomas, Athletes' Acceleration says:

    Bruce Arsenault: Yes, you can absolutely make your son faster with CST. You’ll know if he’s doing it properly because, with practice, his form will start to look more like the technique you see from the athletes in the videos and less like the technique you see now. And he’ll be faster. Just remember it’s a process. You can’t force fast, you have to wait for it.

    micheal: Complete Speed Training is what you want.

  • Latif Thomas, Athletes' Acceleration says:

    Bruce Arsenault: Yes, you can absolutely make your son faster with CST. You’ll know if he’s doing it properly because, with practice, his form will start to look more like the technique you see from the athletes in the videos and less like the technique you see now. And he’ll be faster. Just remember it’s a process. You can’t force fast, you have to wait for it.

    micheal: Complete Speed Training is what you want.

  • junior says:

    So from what age should teach your program to because I have about kids 3day a week from ages 5 to 13 you say have the 5year old have fun so what about the 6, 7,8,9,10 and 11year old 3davs is good competion starts in january .my son is a very good runner was training with a club but was injures I want to coach him myself his times was 11.35 in the 100m and 23.35 in the 200m can I make him fast with this cst2

  • Latif Thomas, Athletes' Acceleration says:

    junior: Just use common sense. If they’re getting bored or having a tough time doing something or getting slower all of a sudden, they’re tired and not having fun. A 5-8 year old doesn’t reallly need to do workouts that one would categorize as ‘demanding’. The younger they are, the shorter their attention span and the less they care about winning and losing. You want to make it fun while adding a few cues about form and technique. But at 5, it’s more important that it feels like playing than it should feel like training. Because, to a 5-9 year old, ‘organized training’ = ‘prison sentence’. Or ‘job’.
    On another note, if you have a 13 year old running 23.3 and 11.3 than I’m pretty jealous. Screams of potential. But again, most important at that age is to keep it fun.
    So, yes, you can make him fast with CST2. To say the very least.

  • junior says:

    Sorry he is 15years not 13yrs ok should I coach him myself he wants me too or should I let him continue with the club he also do hurdles and long jump would your program help with does also and how much days should he train at 15yrs I want to make a diffence in my country I can wait until the program reach me

  • bill says:

    my son is a 17yo and wants to run the 800m and 1600m this year. he will probably run the 400m again also. i need to know what program to order that will benefit him the most as the majority of events wont be sprints. any advise on strengthening his knee tendons would be appreciated. the info on this site were invaluable last year as it was his first year competing. thank you for everything you do for these kids.

  • Kurt says:

    Just got your North/South Football Speed and it looks great! I am a parent/coach, 51 going on 30, in excellent shape due to practicing what I preach so I can actually ‘show’ my 16 and 12 yr. olds how to do this stuff.:) However, I ‘feel it’ from time to time as we do these workouts together and was wondering what advice you may have for me regarding the wear and tear on a 50 yr old that’s no longer competing like a teenager?

  • Latif Thomas, Athletes' Acceleration says:

    bill: I am working on getting an expert distance coach to create a program on those topics. It will likely not be ready until early 2011. But, in the interim, I *highly* recommend this:

    https://athletesaccel.wpengine.com/trackandfieldendurance.html

    Kurt: Common sense man. The moment you start to ‘feel it’, you’ve probably done one too many. Shut it down there. Be sure to get a light jog and stretch in and do the same thing the following day.

    LT

  • Latif Thomas, Athletes' Acceleration says:

    bill: I am working on getting an expert distance coach to create a program on those topics. It will likely not be ready until early 2011. But, in the interim, I *highly* recommend this:

    https://athletesaccel.wpengine.com/trackandfieldendurance.html

    Kurt: Common sense man. The moment you start to ‘feel it’, you’ve probably done one too many. Shut it down there. Be sure to get a light jog and stretch in and do the same thing the following day.

    LT

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