Tag Archive: coaching

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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Jan
17

Comfort Zone by Nikoli Sharp

    Written by: Nikoli Sharp Many of us, athlete or non-athlete, have a fear of getting out of our comfort zone. We were not wired to do things that are uncomfortable, scary, uncertain, or difficult with ease. We were wired to protect ourselves from those things. To protect ourselves from embarrassment, hurt, and failure. …

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Apr
13

Swing, Batter, Swing

I recently came across a forum debating the “right hitting instruction for softball players” and was overwhelmed by the conflicting ideas presented from coaches, parents, and athletes across the nation.  As I read the confident responses including, “a baseball swing is a softball swing”, “there’s no such thing as a softball swing”, and my favorite, …

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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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Dec
10

How to Build Confidence

    Many of you may look at the title of this post and think, “Oh thank goodness, someone out there knows how to help my athlete gain confidence!”  Well, it may not be that easy.  There is no quick fix, or perfect words to immediately fix your female athlete’s insecurity or lack of aggressiveness.  If …

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Oct
07

In Her Cleats- A New Documentary

Thank you to everyone for your constant support in Coaching a Female Athlete.  We appreciate every read, share, and positive comment we have received over the past two years. We wanted to share our newest endeavour with all of our readers, “In Her Cleats”.   “In Her Cleats” is a riveting documentary following female athletes in …

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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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May
14

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Looking the Part of a Softball Coach

Monkey see, monkey do.  We have all heard this saying, and when we have children, we understand the saying. What we don’t tend to take into account is the impact we have as adults in the simple four-word phrase.  Every action we commit , every word we say, children pay attention; they are sponges and …

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