In my first year as the Director of Performance Training, I wanted to take some time to summarize our accomplishments in performance during the 2016-17 Network training season. Below you will find where the mission has taken us in the last 9 months, and I hope, some inspiration and vision for where we can go in the future. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this organization and the impact it is making on our community.
The 2016-17 Extreme Network training season marked some major milestones in performance to bring a more unified experience to our athletes and families. Not only did we transition into a facility that could house all of our training under one roof right next to skills, but we also made major advancements to the coaching staff and performance programming.
1) Facilities: With the addition of square footage alone, our performance team was able to provide coaching to far more athletes at one time this year. This was a huge step considering the growth of the organization in 2016, and our anticipation for expansion in the future. Also, having the use of multiple training surfaces, such as all purpose turf, allowed for our coaches to expand their creativity when programming training sessions. I believe this directly effects athlete buy-in and interest when it comes to performance training.
2) Staff: During the 2015-16 Network season, athletes received Velocity training from a wide range of performance coaches. Each coach provided their own style, creativity, and training philosophies to the Network. In 2016, we elected to unite our performance team by bringing in leadership as well as build a performance coaching staff comprised of individuals who embodied the Extreme mission for the future. Creating stability in our staff has also trickled down to improvement in our athlete/coach relationships. A big part of developing an athlete comes from the relationship a coach builds with that athlete. Our performance staff was much more capable of developing trust and rapport with athletes and team coaches in 2016 due to their consistent presence with the teams.
3)Programming: Performance programming also took great strides in 2016 as a result of a unified performance staff. Each and every piece of our athletes’ workouts were designed around the common goal to make our athletes stronger, healthier, and more fit so they could compete at their best on the field. Our team was also able to develop a more complete training program that adjusted to the season of the athlete. For example, athletes trained for strength and increasing muscle in the off-season, while focusing on power and speed development as the start of the season neared. Program goals were provided to team coaches at the beginning of each training season to allow them to understand the overall focus of the upcoming training sessions for their specific team. This year, we were also able to take advanced training principles and customize them to the needs of our younger athletes. The same training principles were used, but in an atmosphere focused on fun, competitiveness, and building a base of athleticism for their future velocity training.
Looking forward, I am excited for what the future holds in Network performance training. In just two short years of this new all inclusive model, we have made great strides in improving the experience of our athletes.