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January 7th, 2017

Planning Dynamic Practices

When volleyball players at St. James Academy in Lenexa, Kan., walk into practice, they know they’d better have their game faces on. That’s because Head Coach Nancy Dorsey specializes in creating practices that are as demanding, intense, and competitive as matches. She shares tips on how you can do the same. Read More...

January 1st, 2017

Team Dynamics with a Star Player

Occasionally, you will end up with a player on your team who could accurately be labeled a star. And while having a stand-out athlete on your squad can be a bonus, it also comes with unique challenges. Here are ideas for overcoming them. Read More...

December 31st, 2016

Making The Cut Less Painful

For many athletes, the worst part of the year is tryouts. It’s no easier for coaches, but a sports psychologist says there’s one simple step coaches can step to make it better for both parties. Read More...

December 10th, 2016

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...

December 10th, 2016

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...