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Do you Practice SKILLS or Game SITUATIONS?

Do you Practice SKILLS or Game SITUATIONS?

Do you practice skills or game situations?      As I continue to look at the practice plans of coaches, I notice that most coaches focus on practicing Game Situations. Their practices are the ones that jump from one situation to another situation. For basketball, they may go from a transition drill to a defensive rebounding [...]

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How to Create Great Pre and Post Game Talks

How to Create Great Pre and Post Game Talks

How and What to say to your team before and after games. Please remember that EVERYTHING you say and do w/ your team should have a purpose. Coach K and Dean Smith both wrote about how every interaction was pre-planned. The message, location and tone were all thought out ahead of time to maximize the [...]

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Coaches: Control the “Controllables”

Coaches: Control the “Controllables”

                  What do you, as a coach, control? Effort Heart Preparation Passion Pace of play Reactions What we don’t control: Weather Bad calls Lucky shots, and a hot opponent Stronger opponents Difficult playing conditions Injuries

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Learning to Anticipate Where to Pass Before Receiving the Ball.

Learning to Anticipate Where to Pass Before Receiving the Ball.

Being able to anticipate where you want to pass a ball before the ball is in your possession is one of those factors that separates  average players with elite players. I was reminded this morning of this after I received my weekly newsletter from CoachRB. Great shooters prepare two passes ahead. Average shooters just one pass ahead. [...]

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“There’s No Shaking Hands In Baseball”

“There’s No Shaking Hands In Baseball”

 OK, so maybe Tom Hanks’ character didn’t really say this in “League of Their Own”, but he would’ve been right if he had. The post game handshake. Symbolic of good sportsmanship and the understanding that it was only a game. Throughout youth sports, we teach our players that at the end of the game, we [...]

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6 Tactics to Build Your Coaching Resources and Network

As you read through this list, what other tactics could you use and how many can you reasonably accomplish? 1) Meet with staff. Regularly meet with them to keep communication open and consistent. It will also allow you to brainstorm and try new approaches. When one person is thinking of something innovative, hearing feedback from [...]

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Top 3 Reasons Why Your Practices Suck

Having experienced the thrill of coaching thousands of practices and watching others do the same, here are the top reasons why some practices fail while others are very successful. 1) No one told me about avoiding the 3 L’s Ask any veteran coach and this will be the first piece of advice they give rookies. [...]

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A Few Thoughts on 2015 US Lacrosse Convention

A Few Thoughts on 2015 US Lacrosse Convention

The lacrosse community descended on Baltimore this past weekend for the annual convention. I attended both Friday and Saturday, took part in many of the speaker talks as well as visited the exhibit hall. For the first time in a few years, Kudda was not a vendor as the exhibiting fee has increased so much [...]

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