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motivation

March 18, 2016

Preparing top teams for the postseason

13 strategies to get your team ready when you're the odds-on favorite to win it all [caption id="attachment_25754" align="aligncenter" width="485"] Photo: Sphilbrick, Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Being a “top dog” heading into the postseason m...


January 20, 2016

‘Hold The Rope’ — Unique strategy motivates athletes

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUzZOWh4ShU[/embed] By Kevin Hoffman, Editorial Director One of the many ways coaches get to flex their creative muscles is through motivational strategies. Some use billboard materials and team retreats, ...


July 23, 2015

Guidelines for effective postgame talks

While what you say to your team before a game is important to motivate, focus and inspire players, what you say after a game also plays a key role in your team's future success. [caption id="attachment_26853" align="alignright" width="320"] Photo:...


June 17, 2015

The best Warriors quotes on coaching, teamwork

The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship on Tuesday, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in game six of the Finals. Coach Steve Kerr and his team had a lot to say following their victory, and we compiled some of the best quotes that spok...


June 4, 2015

Teacher: Steph Curry’s message hurts young athletes

Off the court, NBA MVP Steph Curry has been an inspirational figure to young athletes. But a California English teacher fears his message might be doing more harm than good. [caption id="attachment_11517" align="alignright" width="252"] Photo: Kei...


April 16, 2015

The 5 leaders every team needs

Finding and developing just one effective leader can be challenging enough for most teams. However, in actuality, you really need five kinds of leaders if your program is going to be successful on and off the playing field: performance leaders, locke...


March 2, 2015

Motivating players with the missile analogy

Competitiveness is the most powerful weapon you can have in your team's arsenal. And a big part of your responsibility as a coach is to teach your athletes what it means to compete and to help bring out the competitor inside of them. As with most...


September 17, 2014

Coach K’s strategy for motivating USA Basketball

The Wall Street Journal carried a pretty interesting article last week on how USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski motivates his team for international competition. Managing the egos of the game’s biggest athletes is what most of us would call ...