A Small School Strength Program for Developing the Multisport Athlete, with Fred Eaves | NSCA.com

I’m talking about the small school session here, so you can see I put the enrollment of the schools that I’ve been at up there. I had a one-year stint at the school with 1,200 kids, that was kind of eye-opening for me to be in a school where wow, this child’s only playing one sport. So I’ve mainly dealt with the multi-sport
athlete. I put this up because I really want to talk a little bit about how quick this goes by. You can see the the young good looking
guy right there in the back, a little thinner, that was fifteen years ago. I was 20 years old and that was my head coach — he was like a father to me, sitting right there in
front. He made a huge difference in my life; without him, I’m not standing up here
today. So to the young coaches out there it is going to go by pretty quick. That
doesn’t seem like it was very long ago. So, Coach Vanderbush talks about this a lot, you got this from Coach Kenn, you know, Coach Vanderbush talks about matter which making the big time where
you’re at. Whatever job you got, you gotta make it the best in the world. So when I
was at this school this is our weight room. 800 square feet, no heat, no air. We did a lot of stuff in the parking lot,
all of our movement was in the parking lot. We kept pushing, we
kept working hard to make the program and get a program that was noticed by
administration, and within a three-year span we’re working out of this. So I made
the commitment. We had no classes during the day at that point. We went from that
to where I was teaching all strength and conditioning classes and we went to a
6,000 square-foot weight room with an auxiliary gym attached. So if you
continue to work hard and do the right things, people take notice of that. This is what I’m in now — a little different animal at the high school level for most people. So I get a lot of calls from a lot of collegiate guys that are like, “Hey I’m interviewing at this
hospital job in Texas. What’s it take to be successful?” So I
started really thinking about that and I just started throwing things out. You
know when I think about the strength and conditioning coach, I think about the
word “prepare” because you know I coach football as well. I’ve been coaching
football seventeen years, I’m being straight up honest with you. I can walk
out on the field and I can just coach. A lot of the stuff I do with the defensive line, I haven’t changed that much. I cannot walk into my weight room and just go off the block. I cannot just
show up. I have to prepare. So that’s really the the number one word I think
about when I think about strength and conditioning coach. So when I think about my day, what’s it take? Passion. I talked to my young guys, my interns and assistants,
about this. Don’t show up. We make them leave. You come in with your head down,
frowning, whatever. Go out, come back — come back with a different attitude.
OK, resiliency. You have to deal with a lot of people coming at you whether it’s
parents, whether its administrators. You better be able to take that and be resilient,
bounce back if you’re going to be successful at the high school level.
Empathy. You gotta understand where your kids are at; you gotta understand where
your parents are at. They’re living in a world that’s telling me “scholarship,
scholarship, scholarship, this is the way you need to do this. I’m falling
behind.” Every parent in the world wants
to give their child the best opportunity so they feel like that’s what they’re
doing. “I’m trying to get my child the best opportunity to succeed.” You have to
try to see things through the lens that they’re looking through to have
a good conversation with them. You have to be poised because you’re gonna have that
point in time where somebody comes at you. You can’t lose your mind. Adaptability. I think high schools — you’ve got to be the most adaptable in that environment. I’ve never been around
anything where I have to change so much. “Oh by the way, we’ve got assembly, you’re not
going to be able to train today. We’ve got a special assembly.” So that doesn’t happen in a lot of other areas.
Respect. Respect between you and your athletes first and then respect at every
level with everyone you come into contact with. If I ever have an issue with a student
athlete usually the first thing I’ll say is, “At what point in time have I treated you
with a lack of respect?” The answer is always like, “Well never.” Well, why do you treat me with that? You know we try to make that reciprocal with everything we do and
then you gotta bring the energy every day. That kind of goes along with passion. OK, so this is when I think about the kid, the kid that I work with. This is what
they’re getting: they’re getting tugged in a million different directions. They’ve got a
private trainer, they’ve got their club coach, they’ve got their sport coach, and
they’ve got their parents, saying you do this that and the other. The fellow who spoke before me, the nutrition guy, did a great job. He showed I’m gonna do the same thing, showed a crazy schedule with a high school athlete. These kids are in a
different world than what we grew up in. This is another Coach Kenn quote: “Smartest man in the room has never once felt the need to stand up and say I’m the
smartest man in the room.” The strength coach — a coach told me this a long time ago — you’re probably the smartest dude on your campus. Doesn’t mean you have to get up and say it but you gotta know that and you’ve got to foster that and you gotta be the guy that takes care of your kids when the
sport coach doesn’t want to. When the CFO doesn’t want to give you the money to
buy nutritional recovery shakes, you’ve got to be able to be the guy that
explains all that and the guy that communicates that well to get those
things done for your athletes. OK, so what are we? I’m a stress manager. I know
that’s what I am, because I’m really one of the few guys that cares
about their stress and what they’re under. Everyone else just thinks more
more MORE, gogogo. So just a little research behind that: one that I really use with our administration a lot is the one by Bryan
Mann down at the bottom. Student-athletes are two to three times more likely to be injured
during high school academic stress. For us, we’re getting close to finals, that’s state championship time. So those guys are under a high amount of
stress in the weight room, they’re under a high amount of stress on the field, they’re under
a high amount of stress. Stress is stress. We take it the same no matter what it is.
Physiologically we deal with it the same. These are different methods we use for
that. We’re lucky, I’m able to have 12 Omega wave units that we use, surveys,
breathing apps, you know, different things here. CNS step past, I’ve got the tap test, I got that from Lauren Landow. That’s been a really cool thing to kind of see the trends
with that. They just track. MyFitnessPal. I think if you’re not
tracking — and I’m going to give Coach Schofield credit for that — I didn’t do a lot of tracking until I met Coach Schofield, then I was all, man, I’m kind of missing the boat. I’m starting to figure out
it’s more about recovery and regeneration with these kids. That’s what
they’re not getting. They’re getting trained, they’re getting all that stuff.
So how do we do it in our program? Autoregulation, APRE method. We’re
gonna go the best for what they are that day, and if they’re not there and I see
that, we’re going to take him down, we’re going off script with it. Velocity-based training also auto
regulates for me. I can see where they’re at. We’re gonna go, as far as our movement, we do a lot of opposite patterns in-season. I’ll kind of get that a little
bit later, as far what we do with speed and movement. They’re looking at their volume and
intensity. I think with the high school multi-sport athlete, we can still train
hard but we’ve really got to monitor the volume. We’ve really got to monitor the
intensity. We keep our intensity pretty high but I’ve got to be the guy that sees that when a guy walks through the door. Ultimately everyone doesn’t have a
Omega wave and things like that but in the end I can usually look at that guy and tell did he sleep. You know how to get a look, you know your athletes. Get the one you
trust the most and talk to him. Then being able to be adaptable and go off the
script, whatever you need to do. So here’s my guy, I get a picture right away. These are the kids that I get the most contact with. Think about today’s youth — over-specialized, under-generalized. We had a conversation five minutes ago about the
highly skilled soccer player who can do amazing things with the ball or the
basketball player who can do all these things dribbling-wise but they can’t skip.
So their base where they’re going to be able to get to eventually is
not even close to what it should be, because they don’t have the base that they need to reach a high peak. OK so I kind of look at every situation
you go into like this. I’m gonna come in, and I’m gonna set my situation no matter where you’re at. Do it today. Then I’m going to identify
my issues and identify the positives and negatives. I’m going to adapt to whatever
those are and then I’m going to exceed expectations. Johnny Long told me at UT —
great, great saying — Johnny could sell anything. He said you’d better under promise and over deliver, and I kind of live by that. OK so what are you
dealing with challenge-wise? Most high school staffing, it’s probably you and that’s it.
Then you’re dealing with, it’s not your lack of knowledge, you guys are in the
room, you guys are learning, it’s going to be the lack of knowledge of everyone else on campus about what you
do. Don’t think that we can hire this coach. he worked out at
some point in time, we’ll put him in the weight room with you. They don’t understand. You have to relate, you have to speak in their terms and say okay
that’s great but we wouldn’t put a math teacher in English class. You have
to relate it in those terms and then talk about, you know, one
statement that I used was OK I’ve got the only environment on campus
where someone could actually die and we’re going to just put someone in there
that’s not prepared to be there. What’s the liability with that? How do you answer
those questions? Because when it comes to, if something like that was to happen, I’m going to be the guy testifying against you.
So you gotta understand that. Facility space is usually an issue, equipment, the schedule. I’ll talk a little bit about our schedule. I normally get our kids three to four times a week for
about 30 minutes of actual work. So a very challenging schedule. And then what’s your
culture at your school? You’re the person that’s got to set your culture, in my opinion.
You’ve got to come in and set it. So this is our schedule, that I always talk about and say is extremely complicated. It’s an 8-day rotating schedule. We have six classes per day. I have the same time frame on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday. Tuesday’s a totally different time schedule. We have meetings that
morning. In this schedule, I have sixteen different rotations of what their
classes could look like, what they could have, so that’s that’s just a heads up on
what I deal with. You private school guys are probably familiar with that. These are our guys, they are 2 and 3 sport
athletes. That’s what they are. We promote that and we want that, we just have to understand they’re under a lot of stress because guess what, he’s a three-sport
athlete, he also has a pitching coach, he also has a quarterback coach on the side.
He doesn’t train with anyone else, his dad trains with me at two in the
morning so we’re lucky on that. So the individual challenges of the athlete:
training age, limited access — I talked about three or four times a week and
there’s not a high school guy around unless you’ve got block scheduling that you’re
getting a lot of time with your kids. Sport stress. Academic stress — our school’s
extremely challenging. Most schools are anymore. There’s nothing getting easier
in life. So once again, we all adapt to different types of stress in
the same way. Life stress. These kids still have
lives — they have girlfriends, they have parents who get divorced, they have things that go on that you’ve got to be cognizant of. And then unbelievable expectations on them, whether it be in the academic realm, whether it be in the athletic realm, they’ve got unbelievable
expectations. It’s really sad. I have kids who come in, sit down in tears, and say “I
don’t wanna play the sport anymore. My dad makes me play.” How do you deal with that? You don’t want to get involved in a family argument, so
all you can do is sit there and listen and remind them your self worth is not tied to your performance with us. We care about you the person first. Private sector. I’m not busting any
private sector guys but it is an issue for me. It can be an issue for me
much more with with certain sports, soccer mainly, soccer and baseball would be the two. It can be an issue because a lot of times they don’t reach out to say hey, I’ve got one of your guys. At least give me a shout so I can say — I’ll show you how to
do that, I’ll show you the email. Egos. My ego, parents’ egos, coaches’ egos. You’ve got to be aware of those and you’ve gotta be able to keep your own in
check because other people can’t. So this is an example of an email I sent to a parent. I met with the parent for two hours, really tried to dissuade them from training outside of
what we do. When I show you this kid’s schedule — you’ll be like holy crap. This is the email I sent them. I said I’m glad, I’ll give you whatever. Here’s what we do, and if he’s really good he will figure out what
he should do around it. This is that kid’s schedule: 7 to 9 a.m. workout
with us, 9 to 10:30 football, 11 to 12 leaving to go lift with somebody else.
Twelve to 1:00pm he gets lunch, 1 to 3 he works some type of camp, whether it’s football
camp, basketball camp, baseball camp on campus. Baseball game one, baseball game two, and then he goes back and gets private sector baseball instruction. I’m not churching
that up, it’s legit. That’s a real schedule and that is not even
counting his weekend travel baseball. Don’t tell me, that guy’s under
recovered, that’s the issue with him. What do our high school athletes need? Core strength, relative body strength. We got guys who can’t — I mean it’s horrendous.
Horrendous. I have the same test. I had a parent came in, big Powerlifting guy — nothing against Powerlifting — freshman kid, “Why is my my kid not bench pressing?” “Get down and do a push up for me.” He gets spent on the push up, OK that’s why doesn’t bench press. Simple.
It’s not hard. How is the dad going to argue with that? “Come on, come and do a chin up for me.”
That’s not happening. Alright, so stability, mobility. Steal a turn from Gary Schofield. Movement efficiency. We want them to move well first, then worry about moving fast after that. Have them
technically proficient the weight room first. That’s kind of why our program is blocked the way it is. Here are our training levels. We’ve got 5 training levels, then we’ve got 3
subsidiary levels inside of that. Wildcat blocks all black 0 and then we
go white, grey, gold, and blue. As you go along, white and grey are similar, gold and blue are similar. As you go along there are just little subtle changes between those.
Here’s what we call those levels in between and this determines how
they train during the year. We’ve got our developmental, advanced
developmental, and varsity. Level 1 developmental, not a lot of modifications.
There’s not a high-intensity load there because these guys are all learning. There’s just a high volume, a lot of chances to be successful with lifts. They’re on a three-day workout in-season, no matter what. They’re not
playing for us and when our coaches want to ask me, “We gotta get this guy
going.” Well really, if we’re playing freshmen and sophomores, guys, we’re probably not going to be very good that year. Give me the time to build the guys the way we need to. Proficiency, volume … they’re on their three-day lift. Level two, these are kind of your role practice players.
These guys are under some stress, because they’re scout team guys, they’re probably playing special teams. Maybe not quite your six man but a little deeper in the bench than that. So we do some modifications according to how much they play. I
coordinate with their coach every week, say, “Hey, is so and so going to play? Where’s he at?” So they kinda keep me updated on that. They’ll have a three-day
modified all season. Then your starters and key players have a lot of modifications, then we have a three day lift, then the game day workout which
I’ll show you guys. What we do, we lift on game day, we don’t come off that.
There’s no standing around, none of that. We’re going to talk a little bit about
the tier system. Is everybody in the room familiar with tier system? I’ll give kind of an overview of what we do but I’m gonna show you a little bit about how we take those sessions, move those around to
make that work for all the different things we have going on. Alright so our standard tier week is T-U-L
and for us that’s because we do movement on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I dont want to
squat them heavy between movement sessions. That’s kind of what it looks like for us,
that’s our rotation. It’s a rotation of exercises. Mondays are heavy
T day, Wednesdays are heavy U day, Fridays are heavy L day. At the top
of the tier is the highest intensity and highest volume for us.
What’s good about this? I can move sessions. I can move session U to Monday
if I need to, if they’ve got a soccer game on Tuesday and I dont want to squat
them on Monday. That’s one of the things I really love about the
adaptability and the versatility of it. I continue to develop our JV and freshmen, and it’s easy for me to adjust the volume and intensity. The way I do that, it’s
easy. We’ve got our workouts printed but I keep a board up with all the in-season sports. I can go off the script anything I need to. I may say, “Hey, you need to do
exercises 1, 2 and 3 off session T and then I want you to do exercises 4 and 5 off session U.” That makes sense to kind of keep it very adaptable to the kids
here. Concerns of football, just name one. It’s a collision sport, there’s a
lot going on, so what we do to modify some of that: we eliminate the catch for
pretty much all of our sports in season. I’m going to be honest with you guys, I don’t even know what I have to catch with a high school kid anymore. I have a big
Olympic background, that’s probably blasphemy, but I just don’t know what I
need that with them. We don’t really catch heavy cleans. I have some kids
who catch heavy cleans six weeks out of the year and that’s it. The kid you saw in
the picture, that’s that’s where he was at. So we pull from the blocks a lot
which takes some stress off the back. We can keep it very technically proficient right there. We go
a lot of neutral grip presses. I’ve kind of gone away from standard
bench press too, I kind of like to stay neutral. We’re not super
numbers obsessed. We’ll go some board presses, really monitor the squat volume.
We keep the intensity pretty high and they will definitely increase our soft
tissue work, reset work, and diaphragmatic breathing. Coach Kenn was the guy who
introduced me to reset work, him and Mike Robertson. That has been a game changer for us, and the diaphragmatic breathing. Our kids, it’s unbelievable. Here’s what our game
day workout will look like for our kids, because we’re in that school setting, we can’t just have 15 guys standing around doing nothing on
game day. That’s not good for everyone else, so reset, hurdle mobility, some band activation work, then we’ll go put the tendo units on. They compete on that day so we’re going to compete on that afternoon. We’re kind of going to get that mindset early. It’s literally
we’re putting ten kilos on each side and we’re seeing who can move the bar the fastest that day. The
kids get into that, they get fired up. Some band pull aparts, scap retractions,
movement efficiency exercises which a lot of people would term corrective. I
got Coach Schofield’s shout out on there, make sure I give credit where it’s due. Then reset, diaphragmatic breathing. Hopefully I can pull those guys back out of extension for a little bit because our kids live
in extension all the time. It’s kind of what the goal is right there. I’m
gonna give you a few different scenarios for our three main sports — football,
basketball, and baseball. I’m going to give you four different scenarios for what gives an actual lift week. What we did right there. On Monday, session T and session L are
emphasized on Monday for us in football season because we play on Friday. So we’re probably doing a heavy clean pull that day and we’re also gonna hit a heavy squat
that day. We’re gonna have 2 heavy lifts there. Movement restoration: that’s all
about where they’re at and what they need. During football season they’re doing
a ton of change directions. I’m gonna be more linear speed technique and I’ll
talk a little bit more about that later. Wednesday will be our session U, heavy upper body day for us. Thursday no class and our Friday will be
our game day lifts. Does that make sense to everyone? That’s kind of what
our weekly setup. Scenario 2, we don’t have class on Wednesday this time so I’m
gonna have T and L still inside on Monday. Tuesday is gonna be session U
but I’m gonna have to change some things around. I may have to go single leg
behind that. If we’re doing a push on Monday with an upper body I’m doing a
pull on Tuesday and we’re gonna make sure that we’re not just doing the same
thing if even if it’s that movement category. We don’t have class on Wednesday.
Thursday is movement restoration, nothing high-intensity right there, they’re
playing on Friday. Scenario 3, this the schedule.
We’re off on Monday and Friday and I’ve got them Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. The way we set our block because I’m dealing with, you know, 200 athletes in a
a bunch of different sports and before school and after-school, I have to
marry those programs up. We lift on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, we do movement on Tuesday and Thursday. Luckily now I have a staff where I can do that,
where I may take a group inside to lift while he’s got a group on the turf. That
may not be feasible for you and your situation. You have to look at each
situation individually. Session four … let me go back to that, I’m sorry. So we did T and L on Tuesday. We are one day out from
where we are right there. I’m feeling good about that. We’re okay. I’m not gonna change a lot of intensity right there. Session U, I’m good as long as we get
that session U lift by Wednesday. I don’t feel like I need to change anything.
We are probably gonna do more restoration if I get that right there.
Getting ready for Friday. In this scenario 4, just no class on Tuesday.
I’m good, I feel really good as long as I get the the Tuesday and Thursday off and
I get my Monday, Wednesday, Fridays. Looking at basketball you see a similar setup. I’ll start to talk a little bit here about weak gain versus strong gain. I’ll look at that as high stress versus low stress because
our teams that aren’t very good, that’s not high stress for my kids. That’s
actually probably less stress than what they go in a normal practice day.
So running volume, jumping volume, ankles, knees, low back … these are just some things I go to their athletic trainers to say, “Hey what do we see the most? What is it?” Concussion and everything
anymore. You see some of the same things here. We’re going to reduce the
lower body volume with them. I’ve heard some guys say, “Well they really don’t jump that much at practice.” I go to our practice and they do jump and we’re high tempo and they are all over the place. They have a ton of
running and they have a ton of jumping, so we reduce their lower body volume. We
keep their upper body volume and intensity pretty high. We’re not really gonna
back off that. Basketball guys like the bench press. I promise you that they like
to do upper body work. Once again, increase soft tissue work, reset
diaphragmatic breathing. You’ll see some themes I won’t continue to go over here. We’re doing a normal session T on
Monday because we’re looking at the week and we’ve got a weak game on Tuesday, no
big deal. We’ve got a strong game on Friday. I still feel pretty good about
session U because that’s not super heavy on our lower body that day — we’re just
going through movements to make sure we do them very well. With our guys, depends on who they are, remember with these kids it’s all about
what they’re conditioned to do, as well. So if they’re not used to lifting
heavy and they’re not training then they’re gonna be sore and it’s going to
bother them. If they’ve adapted to that already and the volume’s low, they’re gonna
be okay. They’re going to be guys who are, “No, I’m good, I’m good.” I have
guys like that. I’ll want to back something down, “Coach I feel great, my reading I was a nine this morning, I’m good. We don’t play for two more days.” That’s just kind of
becomes a kind of cultural thing. No class on Thursday and then our game day lift. Our
varsity guys, we’re doing a game day lift with our varsity guys because I’m not
going to answer that question. Guess what, if they don’t play well and coach
finds out that you crush them in the weight room that day, whose fault is it
gonna be? Going to be your faulty. You gotta be cognizant of that. Scenario 3, got two
weak game that week, we’re standard TLU. We’re treating that as a lighter practice for
us. It’s actually better week for me. They’re not working as hard. We can get a
better lift in. This scenario 3, we get the Wednesday out. They’re playing a weak game on Friday but looking at their schedule that week, I felt like I’m
going to move session L to the top of the week. They’re gonna be pretty smoked by Friday
so let’s go ahead and squat them up the top and then go down from there. We’ll
do the session T that day, doesn’t bother me. They’re not gonna be sore from
what we do with the Olympic movements there. Scenario four we had session L. Once again, you can see where I moved that up. Movement restoration, no class. We did the session U on Thursday because I want to get three lifts in because they had two weak games
that week. If that would have been a strong game at the end, I might not have done that on
Thursday. I might have gone another restoration if that was a big district game.
Look at baseball, you can see the modifications increase significantly
here. Shoulders are a big deal in baseball,
shoulder, elbow. You know I get a lot of low back stuff
for baseball kids. When I first got to BGA I have four kids who walk through the
doors, eighth graders will lower back stress fractures. Playing one sport
year-round, it’s a hard surface running around out there, so we see a lot of
that. We have. We’ve seen a lot of that in the past, so what are some of the
modifications we use for baseball? I have some guys who never
catch. If you’re my star pitcher, he’s not catching, not in high school. Period. No overhead movements with
him, maybe possibly but why? Neutral presses. Limit vertical pulls
to one time a week. We’re going to replace extra vertical
pulls with more horizontal pulls near the season. We’re gonna moderate squat volume and depth for catchers. Usually we’ve got one really good
catcher and that guy’s playing every game for us so he sits in a squatted
position all the time. I got to be very very cognizant of that with him. We’re going to monitor the use of
their band work. The last coach we had was, I mean it was like bands, I’m looking
and dude has bands in class, whipping out bands. We’ve got four labrums that year, and we’ve got a pitching coach by the way who believes in a year-round throwing program.
So long story short on that is I’m racking my brain, I mean I’ve called
everybody I know to ask questions, why have we got four labrums? I feel like
we’re doing a lot of good stuff and then I have our pitching coach sitting on the couch in my office telling our staff about his year-round throwing program. So I call our baseball coach and I’m like, “Hey I know why we got four labrums.” He didn’t even know about it. He’s like, “You gotta be kidding me.” So we monitor the use of band work. This year our new
coach came in, took the band work out, just did the band work we did with them. No labrums, no shoulder issues whatsoever. Be careful how much you’re letting that
stuff go. You’re just gonna create more laxity in the joint if you continue to do
that. For pitchers, we substitute all dumbbell work in-season — no flat bench
press with them and they’re either going to go dumbbell or push ups. If they have
two pushes that week, one’s going to be dumbbell, one’s going to be a push up. They know if
I’m two days out then I’m going to go one dumbbell, one push up, but
if I’m one to two days out on probably going pushups for them, if we’re getting close to throwing. Depending on what is any work in-season. hey I’m just throwing a bullpen, or I’m just going for an inning, I’m closing. Then of course soft tissue and diaphragmatic
breathing. Baseball’s gonna be a sports we’re I’ll get like four games in a week sometimes with the schedule that we play. I moved their session U to the top,
they had a strong game on Tuesday that week. I also went off the script there
and lightened the intensity a little bit on their lower body stuff. Wednesday was our session T. Game was
weak so I wasn’t worried about doing that, then I moved the squat to the end of the
week just because of our game schedule. Hopefully you guys are getting a sense
of why I feel like this is such that adaptable system, especially at the high
school level. Scenario two — I didn’t have them on Friday. If I’m gonna throw one of the workouts out, it’s going to be U. If I’m only getting two
workouts. Depending on what their game schedule is, I’m gonna get my T and my L. I’m still going to get some upper body work in that in my tiers; it’s not like I’m not getting anything. In this scenario three, this is where we had the four game week. I only had them in class three
days, too. Which is a problem, to have a four day game week, and only have them three days in class. So we actually did some movement on that day on the strong game. We did some the next day we went session L kind off the script
because of their week. Then we went session T and then adjusted our lower
body stuff to single leg stuff that day. Usually our single leg stuff is on our session U. Then no class on Friday. You have the scenario here where we were on session U, no class, game strong, all good there.
Session T, we had two strong games that week so it’s a little different deal.
We adjusted our volume and intensity on session T right there and then we went
movement. We actually did restoration on Thursday and Friday we went L
depending on how they were feeling. If they felt good we rocked it, if not, we went a little off the script with them. Here I am gonna get off the
scenarios and just talk a little bit about the, you know, give you the concerns, give you modifications. Weight loss with our wrestling guys.
I’ve gone years and seen kids who were eating peppermints. They really needed to sit in on the last talk. They’re sitting there eating peppermints. It’s like, “Oh my gosh.” Our coaches do a decent job of that. We had to kind of corral an assistant coach a
few years back who was monitoring what our kids ate in the in the dining hall. Not in a positive way.
Readiness with those guys — very difficult at times, they are crushed in the wrestling season. They are crushed. And then just some of the
normal things you would deal with. The deal with wrestling is we’re not
going to do a bunch of endurance stuff with them. Guess where they get that? On
the mat. We’re going to try to maintain their strength during that
season. That’s really … you guys may deal with some issues with that with the wrestling coaches. That may be difficult when they want to do a circuit. I would do this circuit. Why?
That’s what they’re doing, let’s give them what they’re not getting. A lot of the same
deals I would do for football right there. Not much of a change there. Then we got soccer. We are going to crush the upper body during soccer season. We’re not backing off and then the answer that is, all you do is
this and this, and this. Our kids like the upper body stuff. Running volume is a big concern with soccer. They actually run more in
practice than they do in a game. So running volume is huge concern with them. That will get into readiness and things like that. Same deal that you normally get. I’ve seen concussions go up in soccer as well. The kids are getting bigger, stronger, faster, and there’s more force when they hit
each other. Lower extremity over-use is what you’re gonna deal with more, light hip flexor stuff, stuff like that with them. You can see you we’re very cognizant of their squat volume. Lot of soft tissue with those guys. Lot of soft tissue. They do a lot of
extra soft tissue because that will get them … hey, show up 30 minutes early in
the morning. Make sure they’re seeing the trainer on a regular
basis. I think you really have to monitor those soccer guys because guess what, they’re probably still doing their soccer season playing for somebody else too. Playing for
their … I gotta go, I gotta do this, that, and the other. Luckily our kids have gotten pretty smart. I have one of my guys, he’s going to play college. He
was with his club coach and they had a guy who’s giving him speed training
before his soccer practice. One day he asked the coach, he says, “OK so explain
this to me. So I’m fixing to go play soccer for two hours and you’ve got me
doing 45 minutes of change of direction before that. How is that, I don’t understand, by the way, we’re not getting any rest time, we’re just getting about 30 seconds
of rest. That’s conditioning, that’s not not speed development.” The guy
had no answer for him. So our kids are smart about our training because we work hard to
educate our kids. We’re going to deal with that influence outside of
there. He literally, the kid took himself out of the drill and said, “My parents pay you for me to be here. I’m not doing that. It’s not smart, it’s going to get me hurt.” The kid stays hurt all the time, we finally got him on the right track with some of that
stuff. If your gonna do that stuff with kids, you
better be able to answer those questions for them. We try to teach our kids to be
smart. Club soccer scenario, what do I do for our club guys? They are gonna
play on the weekends so we’re gonna move their session L to Monday for them. We’re going to get their heavy squat in there. Session T on Wednesday and then go to the session U on Friday. When it’s supposed to be off season for me with
them, it’s not — they’re still playing year round. Track guys — tendinitis, we get a lot of that. Shin splints. Muscle strains, running volume,
jumping volume can be subjective depending on who your coach is. I’ve had one coach
doesn’t do that, I’ve also had another coach who I literally watched do bounding for an hour and a half. “Everyone’s got shin splints.” You think? You do those types of things, you’re gonna get the results of that. Some of the same stuff right there. You guys can see I’m a
generalist so you see a theme there. I’m not trying to be repetitive, I’m trying to show you a theme. We do a lot of the same things for
all these sports, their modifications in- season. Once again with track, unless there are, you know, our throwers like to rocket, they’re football
guys who were just throwing to throw, so we don’t really change much for them. We
got a really good throwing coach who loves it. He’s like, “Put some more on the bar. Put some more.” Well that’s not very good and we’re not
going to load unless it’s good. So movement-wise, once again my quote here is, “Why would we do what they’re already doing? Why would I take a football guy — so we still want to
do speed work in season and so on — why would I want to take all the stuff he’s already doing and try to create more stress and patterns that he’s already doing?” I get a lot of
kids who aren’t cross trained well so why don’t I take this opportunity to,
one, teach them to be very good technically, and two, do some things,
some patterns that they’re not doing? How do we manage this during school days? I’ve got everything in my classes, everything. I could have nine, ten
different sports, kids who don’t play sports, things like that. So how do we manage? The school days gonna be a heavy technique emphasis for us. I’ve got 30
minutes anyway. Everything’s gonna be highly technical during the school
day. Off-season guys come back after school
for session B and that’s where we’re going to run into the higher intensity
stuff. Our in-season athletes will move in opposite patterns to what they do in
their current sport. We block them into different groups on the turf. I
understand I have a turf field and not a lot of people have that but
I’m going to show you how we manage that. if you’ve got a track outside or wherever
you’re doing your speed work, you can do the same thing as long as you got a field. This is sample spring in-season. Our track guys right guys were lateral […] — I know I don’t have it up there — that’s a lateral move. Early lateral progression for us.
Same thing with baseball during that time, even though they do some lateral run. Soccer was in linear series when they were in-season right there. Off-season and freshmen were foundational at that point in time. That was early in the winter. Early in the spring. So what’s it
all about with us? In the end at the high school level, I really believe it’s
all about these guys. I truly, wholeheartedly. As long as what you do is
geared around their success and geared around helping them be the best people
that they can possibly be, there’s no way you’re not gonna succeed.
There’s no way. And when I first got into coaching, I’d be lying if I said
it wasn’t a little bit about me. I think anybody who says I’m benevolent, I got
into this for everyone else. I like state championship rings, I like success, I like
people telling me I’m good at what I do, everybody likes affirmation. When I was younger it was all about me. I started to find that as
I got older, when it stopped becoming about me and it started becoming about
what should be a good person, I started realizing all the guys in that first
picture I showed you — they’re husbands and fathers now. I was barely older than them
in that picture, so half of them are my friends and they’ve all got kids and none
of them are playing a sport for money and they’re all working jobs. They’re just
trying to be the best husband and fathers that they can be. So it started making me
really think about what matters most, and that’s what matters most. If
you don’t believe that, you’re not going to be successful in this profession.
That’s what it’s about, it’s about them. The kid right there with the
special needs kid was one of the biggest turds I’ve ever coached in my life. I
didn’t think he had an ounce of empathy in his body until we went to help those
kids on a Saturday and then 10 minutes after we leave, he texts me, “Hey can I
get that picture? Can you send me that picture coach?” That totally changed
it there, he became the leader of our football team, he did everything the
right way. You just never know when it’s like, they want that guy kicked out
of school. His twin brother did get kicked out of school. They were
two peas in a pod. You’ll see a picture of them. That one moment changed who he is.
I’m telling you guys, he’s been a different guy since that Saturday. He’s gone back and worked with them on his own. You never know when your gonna make that impact on a young man or a young lady. I love my guys, I think you
guys understand that. Then in end in this profession, it’s about
relationships. Everything’s about relationships. My wife allows me to do
this stuff. I love telling, Coach Kenn asked me one time, “How do you get to do what
you wanna do?” Because she gets to do what she wants to do. I learned that from Coach Kenn. Some my wife is very important to me as you guys can tell, a
lot of pictures of her up there. Those two twins, that’s the kid I was
talking about, his twin, and then one of my other guys. Those kids are
family and when these kids become your family at the high school level you’ll
be shocked at the impact that you make on them. You will be shocked.

One Reply to “A Small School Strength Program for Developing the Multisport Athlete, with Fred Eaves | NSCA.com”

  1. Great video Mr.Eaves I will apply a lot of what you’re talking about to my kids nothing better than hearing different perspectives have a great day and thank you.

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