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connect
May 17, 2022

How to Better Connect With Your Athletes

What is coaching? Is it mentoring, instructing, and showing hungry athletes the best way to achieve their goals or is it allowing them to find their own way, offering guidance and support? It’s a combination of all these things and more. It’s a w...


unscoutable
January 5, 2022

How to be Unscoutable to Opposing Basketball Teams

One aspect of coaching I always loved was scouting and game planning. Not the hours or the late-night trips to watch an opponent. But the putting together of the game plan was a fun challenge for me. It was like putting the pieces of a puzzle togethe...


excel
January 4, 2022

Holding Athletes Back to Excel in HS Sports is a Growing Trend

A recent article from the Evansville Courier & Press discussed the growing trend of parents holding back their student-athletes in an effort for them to mature more, and therefore, excel in his or her sport of choice. The article's author, Gor...


barbell
December 20, 2021

Building a Culture of Trust through the Barbell Back Squat

On fourth and one, with the game on the line, the stronger team has an advantage. Anyone who has been in that situation knows that what matters goes beyond physical strength. Strength of mind, and the strength of bonds between teammates, often determ...


practice
December 20, 2021

Maximizing the Individual Practice Periods

Among players and coaches, the consensus seems that their favorite period of practice is team-oriented. Most practices are geared towards team and group work — inside run, seven-on-seven, routes versus air, and special teams. With practice being ti...


December 20, 2021

10 Traits of Successful Athletic Programs — Part II

As we travel our country to speak, we get the opportunity to observe a lot of different high school and college programs. We have also learned that the two main places we get invited are those schools that are very successful and those that are strug...


starting
December 20, 2021

Sports Under 40: Starting an Athletic Department from the Ground Up

In 2014, I was tasked with starting and establishing an athletic department at Cornerstone School in Jacksonville, FL. The only issue was I had no experience in a high school athletic department until that point. I was 24 years old and fresh out of c...


messaging
December 16, 2021

A.D.ministration: Improving Flawed Messaging

The communication model is fairly clear-cut and straightforward. You probably have seen the simple diagram which illustrates that communication involves a message, a sender, a receiver, and, in most cases, feedback. With each of the aspects, there ca...