Tag Archive: determination

Jun
13

Communication as a Coach

Communication as a Coach “Overthinking. The art of creating problems that aren’t even there.” Our words affect our athletes’ mindset, performance, and communicative comfort. Our words can either make or break a situation, create barriers or paths, trigger emotional states and create a lack in confidence, or change behavior patterns. As a coach, we should …

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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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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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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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Sep
28

How to Create a Strong Presence, Even if Your Team is the Bad News Bears

            Just because your team has a record of 0-14 doesn’t mean every other team has to think of you as the bad news bears.  You may not be coaching the best team around, but you can help them create an intimidating presence in their practice, pre-game warm-ups, between games, and on the field.  After …

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