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Good teams have good managers and those managers “got good” by developing trust within the team Act Consistently Teams watch their manager’s behavior very closely, and will take note of how you behave. If you behave consistently – ...
Develop a mental intent model  – this helps players choose where they want to position themselves in terms of performance. None of this is necessary to be seen by the coach Part 1 Review the following questions and ...
‘‘Resilience is being able to Overcome Adversity. You Experience, You Fail, Hurt, Fall, But You Keep Going’’ (Mogahed, Y) Contents: What is resilience plus tips on how to develop it? Coaching tips and action steps to develop resilience. ...
Before an event create a plan to think about focus, visualization, energy management, and performance. How will you focus before your event? How will you focus during your performance? How will you re-focus when your mind wanders? What ...
Seven essential psychological approaches to creating a more competitive team with more competitive individuals: retrieval practice shared mental models game pre-mortem goal orientation approach behaviours pictorial metaphors attention-control post mortem feedback loops ...
Look at your process – and decide what you need to do to drive the outcome that you want. Success is just the end result, it’s the daily habits that you set up that drive those results – ...
 “The most important thing in good leadership is truly caring.” Dean Smith A leader is someone who makes an impact, but they can’t do it alone, they have created their habits that set them apart from others. They ...
In my previous feedback articles I spoke about giving and receiving feedback, both were “action articles”, however this article is more about some of the thinking The thinking behind feedback Request – Why request feedback Unsolicited feedback often ...
In any sporting environment it is imperative that you are able to give feedback, the following piece gives you a quick hit list of how to give feedback. During the research for this feedback series I stumbled across ...
In any sporting environment it is imperative that you are able to take feedback. The following piece gives you a quick hit list of how to take feedback whilst maintaining your “cool”, especially as FEEDBACK  can be incredibly ...
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Embrace Challenges Encourage athletes to view tough times as opportunities for growth. Keep it Positive Focus on what athletes can control. A positive mindset helps them bounce back faster. Talk It Out Teach your athletes to express their ...
Phil Jackson – “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” Great teams know how to come together. They trust each other. They communicate. They connect. A great team is ...
Skilful coach questioning can help players: -to take responsibility for their learning -to learn how to learn -to be more curious -to persist -to self-monitor -to develop critical thinking So being a skilful questioner is quite important, right? ...
Get your players to learn/buy into/participate and even contribute during training sessions.  The aim should be at the beginning of the season to have very clear moments, usually 6 weeks, in which tactical developments take place, create a ...
Steph Curry of basketball fame is the Best Shooter of All Time. 7 of his insights about “being the best” “If you don’t fall, how are you going to know what getting up is like?” Have no fear ...
I am biased but I would really like my parents to understand… We CARE about your Child Even if your child is not in the right team or occasionally doesn’t get much playing time in a critical game, ...
Your attitude is a choice on how you want to respond to life’s challenges. A positive attitude is a choice for hope and belief. A negative attitude is a choice for negativity and problems. There will always be adversity, ...
What am I trying to accomplish? What do I want most? What do I care about? What do I not care about? What is the highest excellence I am capable of? How do I choose my standards? Who ...
Showing Up You have to show up and do the work every day. It’s the first step in self-discipline because it’s where you choose long-term goals over immediate comforts or distractions. Showing up means engaging in your goals ...
Bill Russell said, “Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.” Mental toughness is not a talent, but a skill that you develop.  The 4 Principles of Mental Toughness: Confidence: Belief in your abilities is crucial. Confident ...
METHODS ARE DRIVEN BY YOUR BELIEFS AND ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT SKILL LEARNING Therefore, understanding how people learn and perform movement skills is the foundation to your coaching and should be thoroughly explored. Basing your activities/drills on faulty beliefs is ...
Mastering the Numbers Game in Football Ever marveled at how some teams weave through defenses effortlessly? It’s the magic of “Attacking Overloads” in the final third. Let’s unravel this tactic that turns a crowded area into a playground ...
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Mental Before you compete, generate a picture in your mind of how you want play – the tasks you want to execute, the body language you want to portray, the self-talk you want to use, the attitude you ...
Today is the most important day of your life! When life enters the twilight years, we enter a reflective period. We consider where we’ve been, what we’ve done, who we shared it with, and what it all means. ...
Telling children that they’re the best doesn’t build self-esteem. So how do you build self-esteem? Remember your worth is not defined by what you achieve or acquire. It’s defined by who you become, how you contribute to others. ...
“Which one are you? Survivor: does just enough to get by Contender: motivated by external factors only Competitor: internally motivated to be his best regardless of the situation Commanders: all the traits of a competitor-with one exception-he brings ...
Selection is EARNED – how do you earn you spot? Be the hardest worker in the room – Want to stick out? Be the HARDEST Worker on the TEAM. Stick Out. Prove how bad you want it. Encourage ...
Here are 8 quotes that shed some light on the legendary coach, Dean Smith. Exec Summary Leadership – develop followers Praise the right things Life and Death – it is not otherwise you are dead Do Right – ...
Some coaching thoughts and advice… Culture As the coach, you are the leader. Lead by example. Culture is what you allow and what you emphasize. Play the long game with “culture”. There are no shortcuts. Culture is every ...
Accountability is the acceptance of responsibility for one’s own actions. It implies a willingness to be transparent, allowing others to observe and evaluate one’s performance. ________________ Holding yourself accountable can be challenging.  Holding others to high standards is ...
When do you see the rewards of your endeavours? I read this recently: My takeaway is that what you put in now may not come to fruition for 5 years ...
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I am seeing more and more in my coaching the incidence of  children breaking down at the end or during the game or even when things do not go “their way”. Tears are becoming more prevalent. Children are ...
Here are the 5 five things I look to do to develop the players in my teams/squads Build a Strong Team Culture: Create a team culture that values unity, resilience, and focus Encourage open communication and support among ...

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