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March 6, 2020

Send them ‘Scrambling’

The Scramble is primarily a 1-2-2 half-court transition press, but it can be used to create confusion in opposing offense virtually every time down the floor. It forces offenses to become reactive instead of proactive. It also pushes offenses to ...


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March 2, 2020

Chicago Cubs coach Will Venable turns to Pete Carroll for coaching advice

Chicago Cubs third base coach Will Venable has spent his entire life in the eye of the baseball world. [caption id="attachment_28786" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo: Ian DAndrea, Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Venable himself is the son of ...


March 1, 2020

The DEFINITE DOZEN©: Take full responsibility

{Sponsored} Championship coach Pat Summitt created a profound model for principles of success and leadership in sport and life called the DEFINITE DOZEN©. TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY There are no shortcuts to success. You can’t assume larger respon...


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February 25, 2020

3 steps to building greater confidence

[caption id="attachment_28762" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Photo: Chad Cooper[/caption] Confidence is everything. Renowned social psychologist Albert Bandura said that self-confidence is one of the most influential motivators and regulators of...


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February 13, 2020

The DEFINITE DOZEN©: Respect yourself and others

{Sponsored} Championship coach Pat Summitt created a profound model for principles of success and leadership in sport and life called the DEFINITE DOZEN©. RESPECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS Respect. There is no such thing as self-respect without respec...


February 13, 2020

Varsity Brands names finalists in 2020 School Spirit Awards

Varsity Brands, the market leader in sport, spirit and achievement, today announced that its signature school pride event, the Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards, has named finalists for its 2020 School Spirit Awards. This marks the event's fifth co...


February 5, 2020

Coaching Gen Z: How a veteran coach approaches the game

{Sponsored} Throughout his 25 years as a coach, Tommy Brakel has seen an evolution in what student-athletes need, how coaching impacts futures and what he feels he needs to give back to both the student-athletes and other coaches. Brakel is the head ...


February 4, 2020

Achieving excellence in coaching by learning from the best

{Sponsored} Lawrence Judge, Ph.D., epitomizes coaching excellence. His experience includes coaching NCAA champions, Olympians, Paralympians and over 100 All-Americans for over 30 years. At the November 2019 World Championships in Dubai, his athletes ...


January 22, 2020

Patrick Mahomes’ high school coach credits multisport participation for rise

Patrick Mahomes is a rare breed of athlete, and the coaches at his Texas high school knew it. [caption id="attachment_28578" align="alignright" width="209"] Photo: Jeffrey Beall, Wikimedia Commons[/caption] In addition to his performance on the...


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January 21, 2020

Transitioning athletes into team managers

At the conclusion of tryouts, coaches often have major decisions to make — who makes the team, and who doesn't. In most situations, you can’t keep everyone. It isn’t practical. There's no possible way to include an unlimited number of player...