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4 Ways Golfers Can Avoid Choking

Note: The following blog is addressed to golfers directly.

Choking is a natural part of sport, golf especially. At the big moment, with our anxieties high our thinking mind, which we can control, usurps command of our swing from our non-thinking, instinctual side, which can’t be controlled. For skilled golfers, the fine tuned, rhythmic action of the swing is almost instinct. The plodding conscious mind can’t hope to keep up.

Sport psychologist Sian Beilock from the University of Chicago set up some ...

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14 Tips to Lead Millennials

The following 14 principles for leading Millennials are directed to the work-place, but many of the same concepts apply to athletic teams as well.

Excerpted from the book Championship Performance Coaching Volume 1: Legendary Coaching Wisdom on Leadership, Motivation, and Practice Plans to Achieve Your Dream Season.

  1. Give them freedom with their schedule. Even limited freedom to vote when they practice will help build team trust and motivation.

  2. Create a family environment. Work, family and social are all intertwined, so make sure ...

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Three Ways Nick Saban Gets the Most from His Players

6 time national title winning Alabama football coach Nick Saban is a big believer in the importance of the psychological aspects of athletic performance and coaching. He works with mental game coaches like Dr. Kevin Elko to maximize mental preparation. Here are three ways Saban uses the mental game to get the most from his players.

1) Knows How and When to Push Players Motivational Buttons.

Example: When Alabama lost to LSU a few years ago and got a chance at ...

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7 Mistakes that Derail Successful Recruiting

When it comes to the bottom line on recruiting today’s top high school athletes, parallels can be drawn from the business side of selling. Losing sales, just like losing top recruits, can be very easy. You can learn from the following mistakes sales people make in the business world as compiled by sales guru Tom Hopkins.  This is an adapted list of his ‘Top 7 Sales Mistakes.’

Sales Mistake #1: Lack of confidence or excitement about the institution you represent. If ...

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21 Tips to Play Great at Tournament Time

Former UCLA golf coach Jackie Steinmann prepared her golfers with these 21 tips to play great at tournament time. Many of the principles transfer to athletes in other sports to achieve competitive excellence.

  1. Play the round in their mind the night before which gives them an extra practice round.

  2. Make a list of things that they do well and read them on the way to the event.

  3. Dance only to their music by listening to music that fits their swing. It’s a mistake to ...

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4 Captain Mistakes/5 Key Responsibilities

You want your team captains to be like extensions of your football coaching on the field. But some players don’t always lead in a way that helps rise the play of everyone around them. Here are 4 mistakes that you should watch out for so your captains don’t make them.

1) Thinking they know everything. A good captain will ask a teammate for their input before trying to force anything on them.

2) Learn to differentiate between different and wrong. Two players ...

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Olympic Coach David Marsh on Motivating Women Athletes

When David Marsh was the head coach of the men’s and women’s swim teams at Auburn, his women had just finished the first day of a three-day meet that would decide the national championship. They had never won a national title before, but they were in the lead and flying high.

Let’s really motivate them for the final two days, Marsh and his staff decided. So they had a mock banner designed for the team meeting that night proclaiming the Auburn ...

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5 Steps to Reverse Player Attitude Problems

You can turn around a player’s problem attitude by taking the following one to one coaching steps:

1) List standards of behavior expected. You probably already have a list of team rules or policies. Show him or her where they are not meeting expectations.

2) Point out weak areas that need improvement. Using performance charts, player surveys, and other data to back up your point, show the player the behavioral attitudes that need improving. Offer specific examples of where their poor attitude ...

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Help 1st Year Players Integrate into Team Culture

When freshman and transfers enter your program, you want them to integrate into your team culture as quickly as possible.   To help make this transition smooth, here are three tips for coaches and five for athletes. These 8 ideas will build team chemistry.

Coaches to do list: 1) Welcome letter. After they sign their commitment letter or make the cut on your squad, send a letter welcoming them aboard.  Let the new player know how much you look forward to being ...

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Wooden’s 8 Essentials for Great Practice

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden was a master at organizing practices for maximum production. Here are his 8 tips to create a great practice environment. Implement these and watch athletic motivation and engagement soar.

Excerpted from the book Championship Performance Coaching I: Legendary Coaching Wisdom on Leadership, Motivation, and Practice Plans to Achieve Your Dream Season.

  1. Fundamentals before creativity: Coach Wooden believed the teaching of fundamentals, until they are all executed quickly, properly, and without conscious thought, is prerequisite ...

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