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coaching

football coach
January 1, 2020

Projecting authority as a new coach

In education-based athletics, coaches are teachers — or at least, they should be. And a young coach just beginning their career is no different than an inexperienced classroom teacher. Both go through similar learning curves, adjustments and obstac...


December 17, 2019

6 tips to help coaches bounce back after a loss

Even coaches with great teams will lose every now and then. And, of course, there are seasons where the losses are never ending. In either case, every coach has to deal with the occasional loss, and it's important to know how to quickly bounce bac...


team huddle
December 2, 2019

3 practical strategies to train leadership

Whether you believe leaders are born or made, it’s a coach’s responsibility to foster an environment where leadership skills can not only develop but thrive. Across all sports, coaches can make choices about how to structure their practices with ...


November 11, 2019

LeBron James: AAU coaches don’t give a damn about kids

LeBron James is a vocal critic of the NCAA's treatment of student-athletes, and it appears he's also no fan of how young athletes are treated on the club circuit. [caption id="attachment_26389" align="alignright" width="222"] Photo: Keith Allison[...


November 5, 2019

New York school district allocates money for ’emotional support coaches’

A New York school district is taking an unprecedented step by adding four "emotional support coaches" to its athletic program to work with student-athletes. Peekskill City School District, 50 miles north of New York City, is using $13,000 in grant...


nfhs
October 14, 2019

Chemistry Creators: A deliberate plan to improve team culture

We were on the brink of a fantastic season. This was several years ago, when I had a strong core of returning players and a highly touted recruiting class joining our men’s basketball team at Southern Maine Community College. As head coach, I was...


david ortiz clutch hitter
September 30, 2019

The Clutch Gene: Can you teach performance under pressure?

[caption id="attachment_28319" align="aligncenter" width="490"] Photo: Waldo Jaquith, Flickr[/caption] Spend enough time in sports, and you’ll discover that some players just have a knack for making the big play at just the right moment. Sometim...


baseball coach huddle
July 24, 2019

Helping athletes find their voice

Baseball is very much a game of routine. And those routines are an integral part of a player’s individual development, not to mention the team culture and environment. Hitters spend time in the cage every day to get their swings right. Pitchers w...