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August 5th, 2016

Managing Criticism

In the middle of a busy season with practices and games consuming all your time, it can be tempting to ignore criticism that comes your way and hope that it will eventually disappear. But that tactic can easily backfire. Coaches suggest that it’s best to face feedback head-on, with a strategy for responding. Read More...

July 30th, 2016

Positioned for Parents

Like never before, parents want to play an integral role in their children’s athletic activities. In response, coaches need to be proactive about working with their players’ moms and dads. This article provides suggestions on how to make the coach-parent relationship a positive one. Read More...

July 30th, 2016

Year-Round Communication with your Athletes

After the season ends, coaches should consider keeping in contact with their athletes. It may be handled through practice sessions and team meetings, or even in the hallway at school. Here are tips for keeping the communication lines open throughout the school year—whether it's communicating with your athletes individually or as a group, or providing important information to parents. Read More...

June 12th, 2016

Communication Key to Coaching

Because successful communication with your players is so crucial, it pays to understand how to properly utilize all of the various forms of communication: verbal, visual and physical. Coaches need to utilize all three forms—and understand the nuances of each in order to select the right method for a specific situation. Read More...

June 11th, 2016

Two Different Sides to Coaching

Coaches have to manage a balancing act. At certain times, when times are tough or performance is lagging, they need to show toughness. Then other times, they need to display compassion and empathy. To be successful, coaches must display both qualities in working with their players. Read More...