Tag Archive: athletes

Mar
28

Finding the Athlete Within

Finding the Athlete Within Going the extra mile isn’t just about putting more practice time in; it is also about finding the athlete that they are as individuals. Whether it is focused on their swing, throw, fielding, pitching, catching, or their mental game, each athlete is learning more about her own skills, abilities, strengths, and …

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Mar
14

Coaching with a Purpose

Coaching with a Purpose All too often we see and hear coaches talk about the importance of winning, and winning only. While winning does have an important part in the sport itself, there’s also many other factors that hold great value. There is a difference between coaching to win verses coaching for success. Winning holds …

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Mar
07

Bullying

Bullying “Stand up for what is right, even if you stand alone.” Bullying is unfortunately and devastatingly common. No matter how many times we say it is wrong, hurtful, disappointing, and disrespectful and so forth, we still have bullies. In softball we see bullies on the field, in the dugout, between games, at practices, and …

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Feb
28

Being Honest With Your Athlete by Nikoli Sharp

Honesty Do you lie to your athletes? Do you tell them that they have improved when they haven’t? Do you tell them they pitched an incredible game, but they didn’t? Do you tell them their swing looks great when you see flaws? Are you allowing your fear of hurting their feelings and hurting your relationship …

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Feb
14

Listening, Learning, Understanding, and Reacting to Different Perspectives

Listening, Learning, Understanding, and Reacting to Different Perspectives Getting constructive criticism, feedback, or having to listen to something you don’t want to hear can cause negative reactions, emotions, and future problems among coaches, players, and even parents. Do you get defensive when someone else has a different opinion than you? Some of us can be …

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Feb
07

Game Day Nutrition by Nikoli Sharp

Game Day Nutrition We all know that food and nutrition is important. Like all things, some value it more than others. For competitive athletes, nutrition can make a huge difference in their performance! Speaking from my own experiences as an athlete, and coming from an upbringing in an extremely athletic family, nutrition became a strict …

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Apr
29

Coaching For Commitment

Find our EBook Here!  The road to collegiate softball takes time, hard work, and discipline within the athlete; but how do we instill the commitment necessary to achieve greatness?  How do we prepare them for the next level with extracurricular activities, social media, family events, and other various on-goings outside the game? The importance of …

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Jul
01

How to Teach Commitment and Perseverance

                All too often we let our female athletes “off the hook.”  We let them give up, we let them put their head down, and we tell them, “It’s ok”.  We feel bad for them, we see how tired they are, we see their emotions on their sleeves, come on, they’re just girls.  If you …

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Sep
24

How to Manage Academics and Athletics

     I have heard countless stories and excuses among student-athletes for their inability to maintain good grades because of their commitment to their sport.  To me, it’s a cop-out.  It’s reason for a student to be lazy, to under-achieve, and to go through the motions.  Furthermore, I see more and more parents supporting their athletes in …

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