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Player Growth Through Coaching

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John Fitzgerald Kennedy Two weeks ago, I had a fabulous opportunity to direct a soccer camp that featured participants between the ages of 4 and 14. With a smaller enrollment, we were able to focus intentionally on skill development with the older group for the first few hours… Continue reading Player Growth Through Coaching

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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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Praise the Process of Player Development

Player development and winning when put in the appropriate perspective for a youth athlete have an opportunity to work together to create the desired environment. The outcome for this type of environment is a love for training, player development, having fun, and passion for participation. Unfortunately, this practice which is accepted throughout the world is often… Continue reading Praise the Process of Player Development

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The United States Soccer Federation “C” License Experience

Storm Soccer Academy Director Miguel Lopez took his USSF “C” License in December 2015. Over the last few years, numerous structural changes have been made to the courses offered by the Federation in order to enhance and improve the licensing experience. With observations made by Mike Woitalla in the following article: License-mania–Aggrandizing the coach in… Continue reading The United States Soccer Federation “C” License Experience

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3 Ways to Make Youth Sports Significant for the Participant

As players throughout the country begin 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

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Continuing Education Fuels Growth

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats – Poet Continuing education in its many forms provides the opportunity for learning and personal growth to take place throughout your entire life. It has the possibility to light a fire that burns so hot, you are willing to… Continue reading Continuing Education Fuels Growth

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PASSION

A positive, intense feeling that you experience for something that is profoundly meaningful for you as an individual. Melissa Cardon – Passion Researcher As a coach, infusing passion for the topic within each participant creates the critical value of the lesson. Passion matters because it leads to important behaviors and outcomes associated with successful athletes. Athletes exposed… Continue reading PASSION

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The Growth of a Coach -Evaluation Sets the Stage for Success

Does the youth sports club you are affiliated with as a coach or parent provide feedback and organized evaluations for the coaches working within the organization? Improving the ability of a coach to provide education and create positive relationships during training and games directly effects the growth and passion of the participants. Providing the coach with… Continue reading The Growth of a Coach -Evaluation Sets the Stage for Success

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The Coaching-Life Balance – From Conflict to Harmony

Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management.  Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices. Betsy Jacobson – Business Consultant Finding a balance between professional career and personal responsibilities is vital to creating success across many areas of life. While a significant focus of coaching is relationship building with athletes, families, other… Continue reading The Coaching-Life Balance – From Conflict to Harmony