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...

August 22, 2019

Jump-start the integration of new team members

{Sponsored} At the start of every season, coaches spend time helping integrate new athletes into their team. This could mean players who were part of the program and moved up to another team or maybe transfer students from another program. It’s imp...

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March 12, 2019

‘Thank You:’ Showing appreciation to your athletes

[caption id="attachment_27747" align="aligncenter" width="489"] "Championship thank you" letters were written on the back of lineup cards and given to each of the team's 49 players in an effort to show every player how they made a difference during t...

August 16, 2018

6 strategies to breakthrough to ‘elite’ status

[caption id="attachment_26757" align="aligncenter" width="488"] Photo: Saquon Stimpson, Wikimedia Commons[/caption] What are the keys to helping your team breakthrough to the elite level? Being privileged to work with dozens of teams that have mad...

May 17, 2017

The power of relationships

Five tips to help coaches bond with players, assistants The best coaches are invested in everyone involved with their programs, from the assistants and players to the equipment managers and athletic trainers. After all, success on the field is n...

June 1, 2015

5 ways standards define and differentiate your program

Every team trains, every team lifts, every team conditions. It’s not that you do those things. It’s at what standards you do those things. The concept of establishing and embracing high standards resonates with lots of coaches. Without a doubt...

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July 8, 2014

10 ways coaches can train athletes to trust

Trust is the ultimate goal of all peak performance training. Whether it’s an individual athlete attempting to perform to their potential, or a team working together to achieve a common goal, trust is the basis of peak performance. Individual...

May 22, 2012

Team-building ideas: April 2012

Your players respect and buy into your program more when rules are established, consequences are instituted When Al Rapp thought about taking a new high school football coaching job 13 years ago, he asked for a couple of game films from the school (...