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How to Support Injured Players and Keep Them Engaged

Think back to a few player injuries in your program. If your experience is anything like mine or the many coaches we support, then you might relate to the following: One of your key players takes a bad fall during the game. Oh, no! Is this serious? You and the trainer...

How to Support Players Suffering from Trauma

It was one of the most heinous crimes. Leon, at only the age of 16, had brutally murdered and raped two 13-year-old girls in his apartment complex. How could such a horrible crime be committed by this young boy? It was an important question Leon’s defense team sought...

How to Be More Connected Than 99% of Teams After Day One

In 1997, the American Navy was facing a big problem. Less than 50% of their sailors were reenlisting after completing a tour of duty. Retraining new sailors cost the navy at least $100K, but they understood the real cost of losing sailors was not just financial; it...

5 Special Ways to Invest in Players After They Leave

A Lesson from Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Dean Smith 184. It’s the number of players Dean Smith coached in his time at UNC, it’s the number of calls he would make every year to former players on their birthday to talk to them, and after his death in 2015, it was the...

The Most Important Thing to Do with Your Team Today

3 Simple Ways to Put First Things First with Your Team Lost in Our Mission             In Mark Batterson’s book, Wild Goose Chase, he shares a study of some seminarians, where the researchers had the students prepare a sermon about the Good Samaritan. For those who’ve...

5 Ways Align Your Behaviors with Your Values

Why do we need a system for personal improvement? Read more here! Listen to this blog and many others here. To Spank or Not to Spank “Your turn!” I said to my wife, Melissa, as my two-year-old daughter, Alena, had just defiantly thrown a toy across the room, shouted,...

8 Ways to Transform Player-Coach Relationships

Giving More to Our Players 7 Minute Read or Listen on Here “When you begin to see others as people you end up seeing people who have hopes, dreams, fears, and even justifications that resemble your own.” –The Arbinger Institute Years ago, a mentor asked me to write...

How to Coach the Entitled iGeneration Athlete

Adapting to the iGeneration 6 Minute Read or Listen Many coaches are  struggling with the growing sense of entitlement in the iGeneration. If you aren’t then you are ahead of the pack! Where do they get this sense of entitlement? Well, children aren’t being born...

How to Build Meaningful Relationships with Players

2 Principles and a Bunch of Ways to Build Relationships! 7 Minute Read or Listen on iTunes You coach for the relationships. Whether you are an individual trainer or a team coach, relationships are at the core of what you do and your success. The challenge is that...

7 Ways to Love Your Reserves

Why You Should Love Your Reserves 10 Minute Read or Listen Here You know most of your team’s success will come down to how you have prepared them, not your game time decisions. And regardless of your sport, on game day, playing time is the area in which you as the...

See the Person: The Key to Building Relationships with Athletes

Published April 2017 The Key to Building Meaningful Relationships in Coaching Years ago as I excitedly awaited the start of our season, three weeks into our pre-season training two of our starters chose to join the football team, and this meant they would miss the...

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