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10 ideas for planning the preseason.

10 ideas or aspects to consider in the planning strategy.

Preparing an effective preseason for a team or athlete requires detailed planning and consideration of various key aspects. Below, we share ten of the most relevant aspects to consider:

  1. Establish Clear Objectives: Define specific objectives you want to achieve during the preseason. These should cover all aspects affecting performance (physical condition, tactics and strategies, teamwork, among others).
  2. Assessment of Physical Condition: Conduct individual assessments for each athlete to determine their current physical state. This may include tests for endurance, speed, strength, and flexibility. These data will help customize their training programs.
  3. Design an Appropriate Training Program: Based on established goals and individual assessments, design a training program addressing the specific needs of the team and each athlete. This may include fitness conditioning sessions, strength training, technical and tactical exercises, among others.
  4. Consider Workload: Gradually increase the intensity and duration of training to prevent injuries and overloads. Ensure a balance between physical and technical-tactical work and provide sufficient rest time for recovery.
  5. Teamwork and Group Cohesion: Preseason is an excellent time to foster unity and cohesion within the team. Organize activities that promote communication, trust, and collaboration among players. If you work with individual athletes, you can also encourage these aspects between the athlete and their entire support staff.
  6. Nutrition and Rest: Emphasize the importance of proper nutrition and optimal rest to your athletes. Provide guidelines on balanced eating and the importance of adequate hydration to maintain optimal performance. Their lifestyle should match their sports goals.
  7. Monitoring and Continuous Evaluation: Regularly track the progress of each player and the team overall. Use both objective and subjective metrics to assess the performance and adjust the training plan if necessary. If you have limited technological resources, a good notational analysis tool with pen and paper will suffice and provide valuable key information.
  8. Friendly Matches or Simulations: Schedule friendly matches or competitive simulations so that your athletes have a more realistic scenario to put into practice all the preseason work. This allows them to adapt and fine-tune their performance in a competitive environment.
  9. Adaptability and Flexibility: Ensure that the preseason plan is flexible and can be adjusted according to the team's needs and circumstances. Unexpected events, such as injuries or changes in competition schedules, may arise, and you need to adapt to them. A friendly match might get cancelled, etc. Always have a plan B.
  10. Post-Evaluation: At the end of the preseason, conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the process. Analyse the results obtained, identify areas for improvement, and extract lessons learned to better plan future pre-seasons.

Remember that the preparation of a successful preseason requires time, dedication, and commitment from both the coaching staff and the athletes.