As a coach, how do you select the activities you use during your training sessions? This is an important and often overlooked portion of player development as we are interested in creating players that can actually perform in the game…not players that can master the coaches drills. Are you one of the following? The coach… Continue reading Training Activity Selection
Episode #83 of the Way of Champions Podcast by John O’Sullivan, features Dr. Jim Taylor. Dr. Taylor is a sports psychologist and author of Raising Young Athletes. Children become the messages they hear the most…As I listened to the message of the podcast it really made me think deeply about what athletes hear from parents, coaches, and teammates… Continue reading Children Become the Messages They Hear the Most
A coaching philosophy clarifies the fundamental reason for coaching and the coach’s core values. This statement should identify and spell out three items: The main purpose for coaching Personal values Leadership style Your coaching philosophy dictates why you do anything and everything within your team and program structure. A full understanding of the philosophy will… Continue reading Coaching Philosophy – Why Do You Coach?
I have known Max Stanley for ten years in various roles including coach, fan, and friend. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him develop on and off the field into a respected member of the community and outstanding individual. In the spring, I asked Max to answer a few questions about his process in becoming the… Continue reading The 21st Century Athletic Development Process – Max Stanley
This spring as the coach of the Savannah Arts Academy Girls Soccer team, developing leadership skills was an important aspect of our seasonal plan. At the top of the list, I ranked communication as the most important aspect of leadership. One way we worked towards developing our communication skills was through Captain presentations. The five… Continue reading One Way to Enhance the Leadership Experience
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
In the lead up to the United Soccer Coaches Convention taking place in Philadelphia, PA from January 17-21, I contacted one of the leading coaches of youth and high school soccer in the New York area to chat with me about how we can fix our soccer problems in the United States. Steve Mastronardi has had… Continue reading Fixing Soccer in the United States
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?
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
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…