5 Keys to Your Off-Season Skills Program

As coaches, our job is to encourage, support and inspire our players to do the things they need to do to be successful. To lead them to places they can’t get to by themselves.

A major pillar in coaching is holding players accountable for everything they do (or don’t do) to help improve the team’s chances of being successful.

That is most obvious during the season.

But it needs to be done in the off-season as well.

5 keys to a purposeful off-season skill development program:

  1. Create a list of all the things that you need/want to improve
  2. Prioritize your list, putting what you need to improve most at the top
  3. Develop a strategic plan to attack your prioritized items
  4. Track and monitor progress
  5. Constantly evaluate your progress and tweak your plan to get better results

Two BIG things to remember:

  1. Until you address your top priority, you should not move on to anything else. It’s your top priority for a reason.
  2. If your weaknesses at the end of last season are your weaknesses at the beginning of next season, you’ve wasted your entire summer!

Alright, time to get back in the gym.

Drew Hanlen.