10 Principles of Performance


Cornerstone: FAITH

The cornerstone of any kind of true success begins with God. A man's ability to seek and have a relationship with Him, guides his steps.


1.      Attention to Detail

*  It is the mission of the athletic performance staff to carefully research, plan, and effectively execute every particular detail of training the student-athlete.


2.      Testing and Evaluation

*  By looking at Anatomical Composition, Measurements, evaluating athletic skill, and goal setting.


3.      Train Movements, not Muscles

*  Athletes. Not body builders. Athletic skill such as running, jumping, throwing, and shooting occur in different planes of motion, and all require proper neuromuscular recruiting patterns.

*  Terminology such as: push, pull, vertical, horizontal, transverse, linear, lateral are used when involving training.


4.      Train Explosively

*  Utilizing appropriate training methods, student-athletes have the opportunity to take full advantage of their fast twitch potential. 


5.      Functional Mobility and Postural Control

*  Athletes are required to move their bodies and / or objects in a desired range of motion, while demonstrating coordination and control.

*  Flexibility, Range of Motion, and having a understanding of the relationship of anatomy while executing positions / movement patterns is essential.


6.      Periodization and Variety

*  It is imperative that a successful training program utilize proper progression levels, periodized intensities, and volume design.

*  Exercises and drills must show variety to peak athlete interest, sustain performance levels, prevent overtraining, and cultivate competition.


7.      Specificity

*  It is important to not only train the athlete in the movements required but in the energy system required of the sport.


8.      Diet and Recovery

*  Proper nutrition and rest help meet the energy demands of training. The body requires six separate types of nutrients in order to function at peak levels. It is important to consume a balance of these different types of foods to supply the necessary nutrients.


9.      Attitude

*  You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do." - A.J. Kitt


10.  Develop Trusting Relationships

*  It is very difficult (if not impossible) to disrupt or break up a team whose foundation is built on trust, loyalty, and integrity.