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5 Ways to Fire Up Your Team’s Enthusiasm

Every team could use a few players like Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah, http://www.nba.com/bulls/index_main.html His high-energy style of play raises the enthusiasm level of his entire team. How can you help cultivate an enthusiastic atmosphere on your team?

Here are 5 ideas you can use as a coach to fire up your team’s enthusiasm quotient:

1) Listen for team members when they talk about their own ‘claim to fame.’ When your players talk about proud moments in their athletic history or off ...

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4 Fast Team Morale Boosters

You want to keep spirits up when the pressure to win can to be overwhelming.  Here are 4 strategies to keep the team loose and build morale.

1) Have a team movie night or funny television show break at lunch.  If most of your team members eat lunch together, you can show old re-runs of comedy shows.  Also, consider having a team movie night even during the off-season to build team unity.

2) Set up a “Humor Corner” in the locker room.  ...

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3 Proven Methods to Guard Against Over-Confidence

With NCAA March Madness upon us, the heavy favorites will be on guard against having over-confidence. Self confidence can be defined as an athlete’s belief that he or she can perform difficult tasks under certain conditions.  Overconfidence develops when they misjudge those conditions.  They tend to pay less attention to detail, ignore critical information and lack focus both before and during the competition.  These combined factors set the stage for losing to an over-matched opponent.

Over confidence appears in three ways.  ...

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Stop Losing to Your Rival

It’s something that happens in sports and can be hard to explain.  One team of equally talented players starts to lose to another team on an annual basis.  You hear the expression, “they are in their heads” to describe the winning team’s mental edge over the losing team.  Losing streaks can last a few years to over a decade in some cases.  To the team on the losing end of the stick, losing begets more losing. Past defeats create doubt ...

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Meyer Leaves Impact on Ohio State Culture

Urban Meyer has quickly left his mark on the team culture of Ohio State football. Almost everyone observing an Ohio State practice this spring has remarked about the intensity of the workouts. Every play, every drill — even calisthenics — is a win-lose proposition. Meyer has rewarded sprint winners with ice-cold Gatorade while the losers drink from an old garden hose. Scrimmage winners get good food on nice tablecloths while the losers eat cold-meat sandwiches off by themselves.

Meyer’s approach to ...

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