A Culture of Confidence


A lot of coaches talk about the importance of confidence for athletes, but few actually work on this skill during practice. It may seem like one of those intangible aspects of sports that you can’t control, but confidence is just one of many mental skills that coaches and athletes can tangibly improve. Read More...

Being a Quality Communicator


Walter Pettus, Head Softball Coach at Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Va., has been an effective communicator throughout his entire career, even after a 2006 surgery that removed his voice box. Now, Pettus can only speak very softly, and he almost always employs alternative methods to communicate with his athletes. Here are some of his keys to being a quality communicator. Read More...

Developing the Intangibles


Coaches want and expect their athletes to show traits such as communication, hustle, positive attitude, and leadership, but how much time do they spend on developing these qualities during practice? Intangibles may be impossible to measure objectively, but they certainly can be taught the same way as measurable physical skills. Read More...
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