Off-Season: Recharging and Improving for Next Year

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The Off-Season is the phase when successful coaches work diligently to Enhance their coaching and their program. Although the Off-Season is a time to recharge, the most successful coaches balance rest and recovery with deliberate learning designed to close high impact performance gaps. Coaching skills are enhanced when coaches use the Off-Season to strengthen their learning network and build learning groups to tackle specific coaching needs and performance issues.


 Webinar takeaways 

  • Identifying coach learning needs
  • Building a coaching network
  • Creating work-life balance
  • Becoming more resilient and focused as a coach 

Dr. Wade Gilbert is an award-winning professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno. Prior to Fresno State he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sport Psychology and Talent Development at UCLA. As Human Kinetics Coach Education advisor, "The Coach Doc" writes articles and conducts webinars on a variety of coaching issues. Gilbert is also editor-in-chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal.


He holds degrees in Physical Education, Human Kinetics, and Education from the University of Ottawa in Canada. Gilbert has more than 20 years of experience conducting applied research and consulting with coaches of youth, high school, college, national and Olympic teams around the world. He is widely published and is frequently invited to serve as a featured speaker at national and international events.


Wade is author of the forthcoming book Coaching Better Every Season, published by Human Kinetics. 

A coach’s job doesn’t end with the last game of the season. Building and sustaining a successful sport program requires purposeful, year-round commitment to excellence. In his groundbreaking book, Coaching Better Every Season: A Year-Round System for Athlete Development and Program Success, Dr. Wade Gilbert presents proven coaching methods and practices for each season on the sport calendar - pre-season, in-season, post-season, and off-season - and offers specific actions, tools, and guidelines for coaches to develop a cycle of continuous improvement for their athletes, their teams, and themselves.


In this Coaching Better Every Season Webinar Series, Gilbert will conduct four half-hour sessions providing insights on the strategies and tools for implementing methods used by successful coaches in one of the four seasons of the annual coaching cycle.