Archive for February 2012

Cubs Manager Dale Sveum Inspires Cubs Players to Higher Levels of Performance

In a casual conversation during lunch the other day, a former coach, a fitness expert, and I were discussing ways that coaches might be able to motivate athletes to reach beyond normal limitations―how to inspire them. We all tended to agree that a number of coaches, maybe most, seem to get so hung up on... Read more »

Steroids: Thoughts on Ryan Braun’s Suspension Being Overturned

As I read through the multitude of reports on Ryan Braun’s positive test for PED’s, and the recent overturning of his suspension, I seem to come away with more questions than answers, the most important being: What is the truth? With all the talk of due process in this case, of the technicality that led... Read more »

Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers Seems To “Understand” Good Sports Parenting

Ever wonder what it might be like to have been an elite level athlete (National, Olympic, or professional caliber) and then be the father of an athlete with similar possibilities? Ever think how a parent with that level of expertise would parent their own, should parent their own? Would their parenting style be all that... Read more »

Elite Level Club Soccer Axes Player Opportunity For High School Play

About two years ago (actually March 7, 2010), I wrote a piece titled Club or High School Sports: Why do I have to choose?. In it I discussed the trend of some club and high school coaches (programs) pressuring athletes to play their sport for them exclusively. I drew a distinction between:  (A) a coach... Read more »

Tim Tebow’s Example Inspiring, Just Ask New York Nicks Jeremy Lin

And now there are two. Two who, or two what you may ask? Two elite level professional athletes, stars, that appear to understand the importance their role can play in other peoples’ lives. Individuals who seem committed to setting good examples, who actually view the “position” they hold in sports as a means to make... Read more »

Playing Time?

In the many Positive Coaching Alliance Workshops I present, the topic of the Coach-Parent Partnership is discussed. This is not always the smoothest of relationships, yet should be. As my friend , Brian McCormick always says, “they both want the same thing – for the player to play well!” We know that when Teachers and... Read more »

Conquering Cancer: Donna's Good Things St. Baldrick's event on Valentine's Day - Making a Difference!!!

This past September (2011) a heartbreaking story was published at ChicagoNow on the Mary Tyler Mom blog titled Donna’s Cancer Story. It was a continuing chronicle (31 installments) portraying the emotional and trying ordeal of a family and their young child’s battle with cancer. Sadly, her fight against this unrelenting disease ended on October 19th,... Read more »

High School: Youth Sports - Keeping it Real!!!

    Guest Post by Brie Isaacson Thanks Brie!!! I have been involved with the game of volleyball for the past 20 years on several different levels. I have been a player, coach, club director and parent to a child who is actively involved in club volleyball.  Over this time I have noticed a definite... Read more »

Guest Writer, Naperville Central Coach Brie Isaacson, Adds New Dimension to The Athlete’s Sports Experience

It is my pleasure to introduce to you a new guest writer to my blog. Her name is Brie Isaacson and she is the head volleyball coach at Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois and the club volleyball director at Club 1 volleyball in Plainfield, Illinois. Her athletic experience includes playing high school volleyball... Read more »

High School: Process Over Outcome, Has America Forgotten?

Full Disclosure: This article is a re-post of a piece I did back in June 4, 2009 (and moved to my ChicagoNow blog on March 3rd, 2010) for my personal blog. I thought it timely as it is still something I see continuing in 2012 and beyond.   The first half of this post’s title... Read more »