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?
The process of youth sport development in the 21st century often ends up being a very interesting path that can lead to numerous stops and starts participating for multiple teams in different cities. We wanted to get the story first hand from Bolivian U17 international soccer player Paolo Alcocer about his process and thoughts on… Continue reading The 21st Century Youth Development Process
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
A positive sports environment will look different from all groups involved including the athlete, family, and coach. Player participation and fun increase when all groups that provide influence on the athlete work in harmony. The group cohesion then leads to the establishment of a positive sports environment. A positive sports environment is a byproduct of the leadership… Continue reading A Postive Sports Environment: Impact for a Lifetime
Every now and then, an athlete will have an exceptional coach that provides a memorable sports experience. The athlete loves to attend training, cherishes game days, and daydreams about what the future holds for subsequent participation. This dynamic experience between coach and athlete has the possibility to create a lifetime of success. The coach with a global perspective understands… Continue reading Lifetime Success Through Dynamic Sport Experiences
A positive sports environment established for all athletes. How can this actually happen? This can happen by caring individuals having a better understanding about why athletes participate in sports. A Michigan State University study reported that athletes participate in sports for the top 5 reasons: To have fun. To do something I’m good at. To… Continue reading Educated Coaches Vision for 2015
As stated in other posts here on EducatedCoaches.com, the experiences we create for young participants are vital to developing a lasting love for the game. It is my observation of the game of baseball that the experiences that are currently being created at an early age are nowhere near the best possible opportunities for falling in… Continue reading Baseball – State of the Game Part II
Today was opening day for the local little league and my daughter, Elodie, is playing on a t-ball team with other children aged four and five. The day started off great as there was a parade that traveled all through the town ending at the ball fields. Following the parade, we had an opening ceremony… Continue reading Baseball – State of the Game Part I