The Top Two Traits of Excellent Coaches

traits_of_excellent_coaches_postFrom the dawn of youth sports, there has been debate over the qualifications an individual should have to coach a team. In a perfect world, a coach with intimate knowledge of a sport would be ideal, however, often this is not the case. The following article outlines the two most important traits a person should have when taking on a coaching role.

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The Three Most Important Coaching Roles Every Coach Should Master

three_important_coaching_roles_postCoaches can play many roles – including medic, psychologist, chauffeur, and sometimes equipment manager to name a few. There are three key roles that define the philosophy, practice and impact of a coach. The coaches who confuse these roles can find themselves making serious mistakes. The coaches who manage these roles effectively are the ones who win and change lives.

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A Good Coach Believes in Fun at Every Level of Play

good-coaches-believe-in-fun-post1One of the key factors to keeping kids in youth sports is the element of fun in the activity. In this article, Executive Editor TK Stohlman and Jim Johnson, founder and director of flexxCoach, discuss how important it is for coaches to include fun in their teaching methods.

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The Five “B’s” That Improve Post-Game Conversations

five-b-of-post-game-discussions-postThe intensity and emotion of a close competition can easily carry over into post-game discussions. It is often difficult for coaches to stop trying to manage the game after it is over. However, post-game conversations are not a part of the game. After all, nothing that is said after a game can affect its outcome. Conversations after a game have much more impact on the next practice or the next game. With that in mind, here are five suggestions for coaches for post-game conversations with players and parents: Read more

6 Ways Coaches Can Improve Team Performance

positive-parent-coach-relationships-postYouth coaches sometimes joke that the ideal youth team is a one full of orphans. Though this approach is one solution to problem parents, there are other practical ways for coaches to work with parents.

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The Importance of Long Term Planning

long-term-planning-postThe most common problem facing trainers and coaches today regarding developing young athletes over time is the ability to plan long-term. The personal training profession is typically based on a session-to-session consideration – clients pay per session and trainers create training programs one session at a time. The same is true in coaching sports – most coaches script out one practice plan at a time, rather than create a relative flow for an entire month or even season. The following article by Brian Grasso discusses the importance of planning for the long term.

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How to Improve Your Coaching by Listening

improve_coaching_by_listening_postThe Greek philosopher Diogenes once said, “We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.”  While this is an excellent piece of advice, it is not always easy to follow.  The following article provides advice on how to be a better listener and ultimately a better coach.

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Getting Players to Practice with Intensity

practice-with-intensity-postMost coaches have faced the challenge of getting athletes to practice with a purpose. Keeping young players engaged and excited about practice time is part skill and part art.  Here are seven great tips to maintain a player’s practice intensity on a consistent basis.

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How Coaches Can Help Athletes Take the Lead

athletes_take_the_lead_postCreating players with drive and motivation is not an easy job.  There are many things that coaches can do to encourage a youth athlete to become self directed, however, a lot of this determination comes from within the athlete.  Here are five characteristics of a self-directed athlete and tips to bringing them out in your players.

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Are You Correctly Disciplining Your Players?

istock_000005471039xsmall5Taking on the role of a coach is very similar to that of a parent. Responsibilities as a mentor and guide extend far beyond drills and scrimmages. Sometimes a coach is required to undertake the role of a disciplinarian. Just like in parenting, discipline is needed to teach players valuable lessons. Here are ten tips to incorporate positive punishments into practice time.

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