Why Free Play is so Important - With Owner and Director of Achieve Performance Training Jeremy Frisch

Jan 21, 05:00 PM

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“On the surface, it makes sense. Get a kid to do something all the time, he’s going to be really great at it… but then you dive a little further and you realize that’s not how we develop. You don’t just go to school to learn math at the expense of English, you learn a little bit of everything”

Jeremy Frisch is the Owner of Achieve Performance Training. Growing up, Jeremy had access to an athletic environment where kids played outside, made their own sports teams and tournaments, and casually tried many different sports at parks or courts near their home. Today, because of numerous reasons, he feels that kids don’t have the same opportunities to develop a love for athleticism and physical literacy – that’s why at Achieve Performance Training he implements strength and conditioning techniques with a playground twist. Kids can develop the muscles and coordination they’re missing in a fun way. In our conversation with Jeremy we talked about coaching his sons football team, the importance of teaching proper tackle and blocking technique, free play, the lengthening of sports seasons, Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTADM), and many other great insights.

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Table of Contents

0:49 – Guest Intro

1:42 – Growing up/ Personal Youth Sport Experience 

5:57 – Started Tackle Football 

7:42 – Tackling and Blocking (Football and Rugby)

16:43 – Getting into Coaching Football

22:22 –Early Sport Specialization and Free Play

36:42 - Harassment

38:07 – Being a Sports Parent/ Parent Coach

42:07 – Lengthening of Seasons

 43:47 – His Track Experience

43:14 – Top 3 Characteristics of the Greatest Coaches

49:07 - LTAD Model 

53:17 - Achieve Performance Training 

57:49 – How to Help Kids Love the Game More at the End of the Season than They did at the Beginning 

 59:28 – Resources 

1:03:17 - #1 Tip for Coaches to Shave 5 Years off Their Learning Curve