Coach Brad · Coaching · Development · Leadership

Training Activity Selection

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

Coach Brad · Leadership · Youth Sports

Youth Sports Daily Purpose

In all of our over-planning and in depth analyzation of youth sports, let’s not forget what questions we as coaches should be aiming to answer during every practice or game: Did the kids have fun? Did they learn something? Do they want to come back and try again? That is it and that is all…It… Continue reading Youth Sports Daily Purpose

Coach Brad · Development · Leadership · Positive Sports Environment · Youth Sports

Children Become the Messages They Hear the Most

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

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?

Coach Brad · Development · Leadership · Positive Sports Environment · Success · Youth Soccer Development

The 21st Century Athletic Development Process – Max Stanley

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

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

Coaching Checklist

The Coaching Checklist…I found this utterly simplified and powerful tool for coaches of any and all aged athletes that it had to be reprinted to get out to as many coaches as possible. Dr. Martin Toms who is a senior lecturer in sports coaching at University of Birmingham, UK created this coaching checklist. Follow him… Continue reading Coaching Checklist

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

Coaching · Development · Leadership · Youth Sports

Fixing Soccer in the United States

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

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