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communication
May 17, 2021

7 Tips to Refine Your Communication Skills

Skilled coaches are always looking for ways to improve themselves. This can be done in many ways, including developing better communication skills. Here are seven ways that coaches can use communication in developing team success. Establish ...


umpire
May 14, 2021

Umpire Makes High School Softball Player Cut Hair

An umpire in a North Carolina softball game gave a high school player an ultimatum recently: remove the beads from her hair or not participate in the game. The player, Nicole Pyles, decided to have her teammates cut the beads out of her hair to pa...


May 13, 2021

Shot Clock Adoption Approved for High Schools in 2022-23

Beginning with the 2022-23 season, a 35-second shot clock will be permitted in high school basketball games by state association adoption. A proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved. A shot clock was among the topics d...


mask
May 13, 2021

Mask Mandates Updated in Oregon After Runner Collapses

The Oregon Health Authority updated its mask guidance recently for non-contact sports following a high school runner collapsing during the home stretch of a race in Bend, OR. As part of the updated guidelines, those participating in non-contact sp...


observations
May 12, 2021

10 Observations of a Successful Coach

What makes a successful coach? While the answers may differ depending on who you ask, they will all undoubtedly agree there is no single way to be successful. Through my years of working within athletics, I have made many observations about what i...


q-collar
May 11, 2021

Q-Collar Corrals Next Step in Concussion Safety Tech

With all of the increased attention paid to concussions in all sports — particularly at the high school level — and the rate of concussions during gameplay continues to rise.  That’s, at least, according to a November 2019 study published i...


May 7, 2021

The Relationship Between Vision & Sports Performance

With more than 80 percent of perceptual input coming from the eyes, vision plays a significant role in an athlete’s performance. Every decision an athlete makes can be broken down into visual, perceptual, cognitive, and motor responses. We are well...


difficult
May 5, 2021

Iron Sharpens Iron: Put Your Name On It

Put Your Name On It — Making good decisions in critical moments of choice is a quality that all coaches want their athletes to master.  Unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy. Youngsters in the age groups we work with tend to make hasty decisi...


social media
May 3, 2021

Sports Under 40: Using Social Media to Promote Student-Athletes

An important component of education-based athletics is recognizing achievement and growth. This can typically be seen through the coach-athlete relationship and the praise a coach provides to an athlete, as well as through the praise between athletes...


pragmatic
April 28, 2021

A.D.ministration: Developing a Pragmatic Mindset

There are countless responsibilities and tasks which athletic administrators have to perform that are essential to keep their program operating at the highest level. This means that in order to become more effective and efficient, you have to look to...