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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 · Development · Positive Sports Environment · Youth Soccer Development · Youth Sports

One Way to Enhance the Leadership Experience

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

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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

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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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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…

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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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Three Strategies for Increased Harmony Between Work and Life

Work-life conflict for coaches is a common trend for all levels including youth, high school, and collegiate sports (Nein, 2016). In order to live a life of greater satisfaction, follow these three strategies for increased balance between work and life. Strategy 1: Intentionally focus on strategies that limit work-life conflict. Communicate schedules, priorities, and future… Continue reading Three Strategies for Increased Harmony Between Work and Life

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The Appropriate Sports Environment

As a coach of sports for youth participants, it is paramount that we create an environment that supports personal success that is associated with a variety of positive outcomes including increased effort and intrinsic motivation. Lockwood and Perlman (2008) suggest that coaches should ask the following questions in order to develop the appropriate sports environment:… Continue reading The Appropriate Sports Environment

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3 Ways to Make Youth Sports Significant for the Participant

As players throughout the country┬ábegin to train and play games in their respective spring sports, three ideas should be front and center for all coaches and parents (and one of them is not winning). These ideas are transformational youth sport truths and if established on your team or with your group at any level, success… Continue reading 3 Ways to Make Youth Sports Significant for the Participant

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Positivity Inspires Positivity

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that literally saves their lives. Anthony Robbins – Motivational Speaker The coach that continually provides feedback to players by always telling them… Continue reading Positivity Inspires Positivity