Posts tagged "Training"

You Get What You Reward

In my second year as the Boys’ Basketball Coach at Fairmont Prep Academy we are in the process of trying to establish a particular kind of culture and were having some trouble getting certain players to commit to things we felt were important. Some of this was the players not understanding yet, some was parental... Read more »

Great Athletes Use a Special “Type” of Training - Part II

In Part I of our discussion, I left off with all the athletes agreeing that they had performed at least some of their skill set during that prior week’s practice, at its highest level, but had left you hanging a little regarding the more important question. That question: “Ok…good, now how many of you made... Read more »

Great Athletes Use a Special “Type” of Training - Part I

This past summer brought us Olympic champions like Gabby Douglas, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps, and the like. Many watched in awe over the sheer greatness of their performances. It was an awesome spectacle. Professional athletes like Derrick Rose, Roger Federer, Drew Brees, and Derek Jeter also conjure up feelings of respect and admiration as their performances... Read more »
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Sports: Regardless of the Sport, Athletes are Much More Alike Than They are Different – Part I

When you think about that title, what comes to your mind first? Do you find it hard to fathom the idea that athletes in different sports are much more alike than they are different? Take football…I mean that is one physical sport. Go to any high school football game where two competitive teams are playing... Read more »

Sports Coaching: Part II - 12 Attributes That the Best of the Best Coaches All Seem to Have in Common

Continuing our discussion from Part I of what the cream of the crop (the best of the best coaches) have that others can’t seem to muster, here are the last six. Keep in mind that the combination of all of these together in one individual exponentially increases their effectiveness, thus, giving the “great coach” that... Read more »

Sports Coaching: Part I - 12 Attributes That the Best of the Best Coaches All Seem to Have in Common

Ever wonder what it is that inspires some athletes, and teams, to strive for excellence by pushing the edge of the envelope and going well beyond normal expectations to please their coach? Why some are able to pull from deep within themselves (consistently) insurmountable reserves of energy in order to complete a task their leader... Read more »
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Sports: Keep High School and College Athletes Motivated Through Competitive Practice

(Originally published on The Athlete’s Sports Experience on Jun 23, 2010) For many a competitive athlete, just the idea of being able to compete is a motivating factor behind why they play sports; they just love the exhilaration of the competitive arena. It is not necessarily winning that drives them, even though competitive athletes hate... Read more »

Sports: Part II – “It Is What It Is” vs “It Is What You Make It” Thought Processes in Relation to Athletic Success

In Part I we discussed the advantages of using an “it is what it is” type of thought process with aspects of which an athlete truly has  no control. We also laid the groundwork for why that same thought process can be  a deterrent to an athlete’s ability to overcome obstacles when overused or used... Read more »

Sports: Part I – “It Is What It Is” vs “It Is What You Make It” Thought Processes in Relation to Athletic Success

Over the years, I have heard the statement “it is what it is” being used more and more often. In sports the phrase is commonly used as justification for situations where an athlete might feel little control over a circumstance they are faced with or that affects them. Say you want to be a starter... Read more »
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High School: A Win is an Outcome While a Loss “Reveals” Who We Are on the Inside

I recently came across an article by Dave Makela from The Sudbury Star, titled Character is revealed more by a loss than a win, which really struck a chord with me. The title alone builds my interest as it comes from a core belief I have, that who we really are, our character, along with... Read more »