We Are Not Thoughtful Enough As Coaches

Many of us are stuck in a world of quick access and immediate results.

It’s so bad that high-level collegiate and professional strength coaches are looking at YouTube before a training session to “get more drills.”

We are just not being thoughtful enough as a profession to understand why we have to follow a system when selecting exercises, or as I like to call them- correctives.

If an athlete or team is performing less than optimally on a drill, we have to identify a few things:

  1. What’s the likely cause of the low functioning pattern?
  2. What do I have to do to make a positive impact on the pattern?
  3. What is the result I want to cause when I implement a corrective strategy?

If we can answer these questions, we will have an opportunity to change the pattern.

What typically happens is a coach selects a drill without understanding the result. We often ignore the impact on the body the drill needs to have to make appropriate reactions.

I use the Reactive Tier System because it “takes the covers off” the athletes’ movement, and very little is hidden from me. I see the athletes’ movement for what it is.

I can then select a corrective that fits the issue the athlete is having.

For example, suppose every athlete uses too much shoulder sway when they change direction during a lateral shuffle. In that case, it immediately gives me clarity on the pattern and how the model should look. If the athlete has trouble controlling the shoulders in the frontal plane- I am now getting more clues.

If I select a resisted band exercise placed below the center of mass, I miss the effect I want to cause. If I chose a Level-2 Vertical Fake Throw Jab or shuffle stop with a 4lb medicine ball, I now am attacking the pattern and the issue.

Any time a corrective is chosen, there will be a reaction. It’s a coach’s job to know the reaction and the long-term effect on the pattern.

Having tons and tons of drills at our fingertips can confuse and overwhelm you if you don’t ground yourself to a principles-based approach.


The older I become, the more I realize the simple foundational correctives are the most impactful. They drive directly to the core of the problem but, more importantly, limit the athlete’s confusion and me as the coach. If you want to have resources for this process, I encourage you to sign up today for the Speed Insiders Toolbox by clicking here – – > www.SpeedToolbox.com

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