But one thing I have looked at with caution is the Strength and Conditioning particularly with younger players who are growing at rapid rates. I have tried to keep it to simple exercises, shuttle runs, dynamic stretches, static stretches in cool downs but one thing I keep asking myself is, "How well equipped am I to teach strength & conditioning exercises?"
I come from the generation that had wall bars, ropes, wide and narrow beam benches that weren't just for sitting on etc...we did assault courses and exercises that required us to balance effectively working on our Core Stability. So when I introduced some what I thought simple exercises to a group of 12-13 year old boys I expected them to be able to cope, imagine my surprise when asked to hold a basic plank for 30 seconds they were all flat on the floor in under 10, SuperMans/Bird-Dogs causes confusion even arm windmills end with them hitting themselves!
So this weekend we had Mike Main from HCCC at our 4th Winter workshop and I took the opportunity to ask him his thoughts, the outcome was as expected. Follow the simple rules, i.e. keep it simple, if it looks wrong then it probably is, don't invest in equipment that you don't need or know how to use, if you aren't sure ask!
I understand my limitations and am looking for ways to address these by talking to instructors from Yoga/Zumba/Army PTI and Personal trainers to try to get to a point where my S&C demo has the same clarity and repeatability as my Forward defensive. At the end of the day my thought is that if I can do the exercise properly, understand the impact points on the body, explain why it is good and above all convey clearly how to do it safely then I will be a better coach.
So I ask the question, How much time is spent practicing the warmups?