Coach Brad · Education · Leadership · Positive Sports Environment · Success

Personal Development Through Dynamic Sport Experiences

“We have to have a multi-dimensional approach to grow the person first and the player second if we want to have a lasting, meaningful impact on the people we work with.” Brad Ledbetter: What Drives Winning As coaches, we are expected to provide the physical and mental training for player development to occur in our… Continue reading Personal Development Through Dynamic Sport Experiences

Coach Brad · Development · Education · Leadership · Success

#Conventioned

I have had a few days to reflect about the United Soccer Coaches annual convention this past weekend in Philadelphia, PA and as I look back, I thoroughly believe that after attending the convention for the last 15 years, the 2018 version was one of the greatest professional experiences of my life. Three impactful events… Continue reading #Conventioned

Coach Brad · Education · Positive Sports Environment

Sports Families Give Thanks…

Sports Families give thanks when: Your child: is able and excited about participating in sports. wants to play with family and friends outside of official training times. wants to watch collegiate/professional sports live and on television. has a favorite athlete and favorite team. participates on a team with friends and families that do fun activities… Continue reading Sports Families Give Thanks…

Coach Brad · Coaching · Leadership · Success

Coaching – Defined and Analyzed

Coaching is fostering positive relationships in order to create, motivate, and influence athletes on and off field habits that lead to individual and group success. Read What is Coaching? to learn why it was necessary to create this definition… The above definition of coaching provides a starting point for coaches of all experience levels to… Continue reading Coaching – Defined and Analyzed

Coach Brad · Development · Education

What is Coaching?

What is sport coaching? Coaching is many things to many people and generally different definitions and thoughts follow when discussing the topic. To get on board with what we are attempting to get better at, I believe that a detailed concept of the term coaching should be created. Through observation, I have realized what I do… Continue reading What is Coaching?

Coach Brad · Development · Leadership · Success

The Importance of Teaching Effort

There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. Derek Jeter Within the life of an athlete, learning how to provide the appropriate level of consistent effort for excellence could be the most important topic for sport/life success, skill development, and participant… Continue reading The Importance of Teaching Effort

Coach Brad · Leadership · Success

Dr. Steele and His Valuable Message

The following passage is from Dr. Steele, a principal in the Alabaster City School System. The thoughts are amazing, the ideas are timeless, and the concepts are extremely meaningful for coaches and teachers.  Follow the blog written by Dr. Steele at the following link: http://www.steelethoughts.com/ and enjoy this passage. I have had the privilege of working with… Continue reading Dr. Steele and His Valuable Message

Coach Brad · Coaching · Education · Leadership · Youth Sports

Innovate Youth Sports

“What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek What could be the future of innovation for youth sports? No preference for the impact of positive or negative…simply how will youth sports innovate. My personal thoughts include ideas that could include: Flying… Continue reading Innovate Youth Sports

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The Great Difference Maker: Coach…

Expert coaches provide sport and life instruction during each personal interaction. In the previous blog post titled, “The Way Coaches Should Teach” the Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence (PCDEs) were introduced. Within this post, it was loosely detailed how to create a baseball practice in which the focus was proficient fielding and coping under pressure.… Continue reading The Great Difference Maker: Coach…

Coach Brad · Coaching · Education · Leadership

The Way Coaches Should Teach

How does a coach determine which message to deliver to the athlete or team? How does a coach select one skill to be more important than another skill? Why does a coach select a certain activity to attempt to refine or improve the previously selected important skill? Will the coach create a learning environment where… Continue reading The Way Coaches Should Teach