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athletes

February 18, 2018

Machinery and mechanisms of speed improvement

Speed training protocols are widely varied and sometimes conflicting. One thing you can be assured of, however, is that they are high on every coach’s priority list. In my early coaching years, I read every piece of speed training literature...


February 14, 2018

Getting athletes the calcium they need

Teenagers are in a critical period of bone development, so be diligent with nutrition Of the 40-plus nutrients required by the human body, calcium takes center stage. While it’s well known that adequate dietary calcium is vital for building st...


February 13, 2018

South Dakota blocks proposal to let more home-schoolers play sports

South Dakota lawmakers on Monday rejected a proposal that would have given more freedom to home-schooled students who want to play public school sports. As it stands, the state's home-schooled students can request permission from their districts t...


February 7, 2018

Bill would allow home-schooled students in Ky. to form teams

A proposal by a Kentucky lawmaker would allow the state's home-schooled students to organize their own athletic teams to compete against public schools. The bill passed through committee on Tuesday and will be sent to the full House. It has the su...


December 21, 2017

Critiquing athletes without crushing their spirit

It happens to all of us. We say one thing, and our team hears another thing altogether. Here’s an example: Me: Susie, if you take one more step and face your target, your pass will be right on the money. Susie hears: You’re a horrible volle...


December 14, 2017

3 strategies to build confidence in your athletes

It would be nice if we could hack into the brains of our athletes and instill confidence when it's needed. But since we can't, it's our duty as coaches to do everything we can to encourage them and build that confidence over time. Here are three ...


November 7, 2017

Creating a social media policy for athletes

When I began my career as an athletic administrator almost 25 years ago, armed with my IBM Selectric II typewriter and a telephone in my office, the only reference to social media might have involved articles in the hometown newspaper or coverage...


November 1, 2017

Four tips for bonding with players

In attending various clinics and speaking with dozens of coaches over the last few years, it’s become clear that the “secret to success” goes beyond game film and intense practices. It takes a true family atmosphere. This is imperative at al...