Tag Archive: positive influence

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
23

Great Coaches Keep Learning and Growing

Great Coaches Keep Learning and Growing “It’s not about the shoes. It’s about what you do in them.”-Michael Jordan As coaches, we have a different team dynamic, level, and approach each season. Therefore, we are constantly learning and growing! As a coach, many get stuck in the same routine, standards, beliefs, and strategies. But to …

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May
16

Leaders with Influence

Leaders with influence “Behind every fearless player is a fearless coach who refused to let them be anything but the best they can be.” As a coach, we are leaders with influence. We are guides, mentors, inspiration leaders, motivators, energizers, supporters, trusting figures, teachers, and cheerleaders. We are role models that they look up to …

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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
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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Jan
31

Being A Good Teammate by Nikoli Sharp

What makes a good teammate? Is it a person who is kind, thoughtful, and trustworthy? Is it a person who is honest, hardworking, and inspiring? Is it a person who challenges you, motivates you, and helps you?  Who said that the words “good teammate” had to be categorized and defined in one way?  Being a …

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