Tag Archive: creating goals

May
30

Striving for Perfection

Striving for Perfection “You will never influence the world by trying to fit in.” Does your athlete strive for perfection? Are they afraid of being anything but perfect? Do they fear making mistakes? Do they worry about disappointment? Chasing perfection is a tough run. I think it is our job to help our athletes see …

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May
09

Building A Team Through Leadership

Building A Team Through Leadership “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” Building a  team is not easy or simple and it is not done in “this way” or “that way”; there is no right or wrong, but there are a lot of …

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May
02

Controlling/Understanding Overwhelming Emotions

  Controlling/Understanding Overwhelming Emotions  “When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.”       As coaches and parents we tend to get worked up if our athletes aren’t succeeding or meeting the expectations we have set in our heads. We care about them …

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Apr
24

Together, Everyone Achieves More

Teamwork “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success.” Teamwork isn’t easy and it is not only about the athletes on the team. There’s a vast amount of politics that goes into the sport, difference in personalities, different likes and dislikes among the team, coaches, and parents, and a …

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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
21

Taking Private Lessons

Taking Private Lessons Taking private softball lessons is crucial in the successful development of your athlete’s mechanics, fundamentals, and knowledge within the positions they are training in. Many parents who have played sports before their children believe they are capable of coaching and instructing their athlete. Parents can absolutely help their athlete succeed in a …

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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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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
21

Taking Responsibility for Yourself by Nikoli Sharp

Responsibility “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is YOU who will get you to where you want to go, no one else.” Within sports, we tend to fall into this rabbit hole of selfishness, blame, and excuses. Softball is a game of failure. There are incredible highs and incredible lows whether it is …

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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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