Coach Brad · Development · Education · Leadership

Coaching Philosophy – Why Do You Coach?

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?

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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

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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 · 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 · 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…

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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

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Coach Education in the Limelight

Last week I was fortunate to attend and present at the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) National Coaching Conference. This opportunity was introduced to me by Dr. Jody Langdon as I was not familiar with the organization. As I became more knowledgeable about the USCCE, I began to realize the mission, structure, and… Continue reading Coach Education in the Limelight

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Reflective Coaching Growth

Personal growth happens through constant reflection. Reflection about your daily wins and losses over time will culminate in personal growth. Refuse to review your past and you are sure to make the same mistakes over and over again. As coaches we move from a practice or game, player interaction, or discussion with a parent on to… Continue reading Reflective Coaching Growth