Not sure where to start with today’s article but I know I’m excited to write it.
This weekend was our 4th Annual PipeHitters Classic. It was probably the most exciting PipeHitters we’ve ever put on. I could tell a whole bunch of stories from it but that’s not the point of today’s article.
Dedication is an Art, Not a Word.
That’s a line I’ve used with my athletes and coaches in the past. It means you can talk the talk all you want. But if you dont walk the walk your really not accomplishing anything. And when I say “walk the walk” I dont mean athletic accomplishments. I mean time, I mean hard work, I mean have you really dedicated yourself to a craft? It’s funny that this article falls on the eve of PipeHitters because the person its about is someone I met at the event one year ago.
Derrek first came to become aquatinted with the Club at PipeHitters last year. He thundered out of no where to finish fourth at the competition and receive the WarHorse award. The WarHorse award is a bottle of Jack Daniels given to the highest placing individual with the most life experience (oldest). D’s performance and natural mechanics with kettlebells displayed at the event led us to become good friends from there on after. He actually would be a member of my 88# Kettlebell 1 hour Relay long cycle Team.
The more D and I knocked training ideas around the more I came to really respect him. Not for for his strength or capacity to wreck shop, but for his knowledge as a Coach. Derrek is already the Head Coach and Program designer for Gravity Janes in Issaquah. He’s already good at his job and knows his shit. But he wanted to better himself in different areas and learn things he wasn’t already aware of. What started out as Derrek making some trips out for work on his power clean turned into me offering him a positioning in our “Intern Program.”
I say “Intern Program” because I look at it like more than that. This is not a simply coaches course we teach with the I/C. It’s more than that and we demand VERY high standards from those involved. To reach the position as an I/C Head Coach someone has to achieve two ranks. These two are an I/C Movement Specialist and I/C Program Design Coach. These Ranks are not something that can be requested to test for. They are offered to those that we think are ready. More people have been released from the program then offered the opportunity to promote.
Derrek Pratt is an exceptional Coach. He showed us through Dedication, not Dedication as a slogan, but Dedication as an Art Form that he was ready to take the next step in representing what we stand for with the I/C.
About 6 Weeks ago I approached Derrek and I asked if he would like to take the next step in his “Internship.” I believed he was ready to undertake the Program Design Coaches Test. The Test would take 3 Weeks and would be graded on a day to day basis. It would take a number of parties opinions of what was produced in those 3 weeks into account and from that point we would decide if Derrek would be Promoted.
The Test was not easy, and no I won’t be releasing details to it. Just know Derrek undertook a monumental task which he was not allowed to defend himself during. Something was submitted and put into place. After those involved were pooled and data crunched the result was in.
Derrek Pratt, who just defended his WarHorse Title again this last weekend, had passed the I/C Program Design Coaches Test. Derrek is the first individual to receive this title and he earned it. Goals are set for a reason, Dedication to your Trade isn’t a tagline. Wanting to be the best at something doesn’t just come to you. It has to be earned, and I’m proud to say Derrek has earned this step and is on the path to become the next official I/C Head Coach.
Congratulations my friend, you earned it.
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