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May 1st, 2016

Adhering to a Great Code of Conduct

Every coach should have a Code of Conduct. If your athletic department doesn’t have one, please consider creating one—or speak with your athletic director about creating one. If you and your athletic department do have a Code of Conduct, considering adding some of the points that have been selected from these four Code of Conducts: Read More...

May 1st, 2016

Compassionate Coaching

Good coaching involves good teaching, and good teaching is based upon caring—which is all about compassion. Because of the very nature of competitive sports, athletes may often fall into a state of distress. Good coaches find ways to ease the burden of players. Here are examples where a display of “Compassionate Coaching” can make all the difference in teaching lifelong lessons to athletes. Read More...

April 24th, 2016

Media Primer

When the media has questions for you, make sure you are prepared with answers that will put your program in the best light. It’s okay to be disappointed after a game. But it’s not okay to say things to the media that put the blame for a loss on the athletes instead of yourself as coach. The following suggestions should help you to avoid miscues when dealing with the media. Read More...

April 24th, 2016

The Mental Game

Implementing sports psychology into high school sports has been slow for several reasons. May coaches do not have much confidence in it, while other feel that spending practice time on techniques and tactics offers greater payoff. This author believes the time has come to invest in mental skills training (MST) at the high school level. Read More...

April 17th, 2016

A Positive Example

Along with teaching skills, serving as a role model is a critical aspect of being a high school coach. The growth and development of your student-athletes is the ultimate objective and everything you do should serve as a positive example. Read More...