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December 7, 2018

A new nickname sports parents should give their kids

Professional athletes seem to reach a sort of pinnacle in their careers when they receive a nickname. Sometimes these monikers are simple — A-Rod, Air Jordan, A.I. Other times, they actually transcend their greatness, such as “Sweetness” (W...


November 30, 2018

Muffet McGraw: Parents must let their kids fail

Muffet McGraw doesn’t believe athletes today are that much different than the generations who came before them. She does, however, believe parents have changed quite a bit. [caption id="attachment_27246" align="alignright" width="239"] Photo: Co...


Mike Krzyzewski USA Basketball ring
November 29, 2018

The 13 qualities of great leaders

I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to work with, learn from and talk shop with countless hall-of-fame basketball coaches over my career. There were dinners with Bobby Knight and Hubie Brown, and I watched Mike Krzyzewski and John Calipar...


lakewood coach L.J. Clark
November 26, 2018

Fighting for a Future

In 2017, a funding crisis nearly cost Lakewood (N.J.) High School its entire athletic program. When some sports were saved, the Piners football program was left struggling to survive. [caption id="attachment_27222" align="aligncenter" width="489"] P...


November 19, 2018

Between the Lines: Gun violence presents new security challenges

[caption id="attachment_26932" align="alignleft" width="98"] Kevin Hoffman[/caption] Athletic programs these days must worry about hazing, concussions and cases of sexual assault. There are declining budgets and rising costs. Referee numbers are dwi...


athletes coach huddle feedback
November 14, 2018

Welcoming feedback from athletes and parents

Modern day coaches benefit by creating an all-inclusive environment in their programs [caption id="attachment_27210" align="aligncenter" width="484"] Photo: Jim Larrison, Flickr[/caption] The “my way or the highway” style has been dismissed a...


November 7, 2018

Wearable technology and in-game decision making

[caption id="attachment_27240" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Photo: SOLIDShot[/caption] {Sponsored} When a coach is putting together a scouting report or game strategy, they’re analyzing various player and team statistics to develop a plan. S...


November 7, 2018

Building a scouting report that helps win games

{Sponsored} Time is a coach’s most valued resource, and one divided by an abundance of tasks: communicating with players, analyzing competitors, building reports. With FastScout, college and NBA coaches have found a tool that creates scouting repor...


November 2, 2018

Raise Your Game: Failure uncovers learning opportunities

» The following is an excerpt from Alan Stein Jr.'s upcoming book, "Raise Your Game: High-Performance Secrets From the Best of the Best." Stein is a performance coach, consultant, speaker and author. He spent 15 years working with the world's highes...


November 1, 2018

Comprehensive concussion study gets $22.5M in new funding

The world's most comprehensive concussion study is being dramatically expanded with an infusion of nearly $22.5 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the NCAA to examine the impacts of head injuries over several years. The...