The Bill Belichick Quiz Method to Prepare Athletes

The following blog post is a chapter excerpt from the book – “The Football Coach’s Game Plan for Leadership.” Super Bowl winning coach Bill Belichick  is a stickler for details – almost to the point of obsession. So how does Belichick drill information into his players so that the retention is so successful?  It’s called […]

9 Tips to Make Sports Parents Your Ally

The following is an excerpt from the new book: Control Your Off the Field Concerns: Proven Remedies for Coaches and Athletic Directors to Solve Your Toughest Challenges. With COVID adding to the stress of families, you can be sure when athletics resume sports parents are going to be more on edge than ever. Your coaches […]

5 Considerations Before Suspending or Disciplining Athletes

The following is an excerpt from the new book: Control Your Off the Field Concerns: Proven Remedies for Coaches and Athletic Directors to Solve Your Toughest Challenges Keeping your athletes in line can sometimes be a challenge. When they violate team rules, getting them back on track is one of the unpleasant aspects of coaching that […]

7 Keys to Motivate Female Athletes

The following is an excerpt from the book Championship Performance Coaching I- Legendary Coaching Wisdom on Leadership, Motivation, and Practice Plans to Achieve Your Dream Season. According to Sports Psychologist Gloria Balague, “When I work with women athletes, relatedness often arises as an all-important motivational element. Most of the women I speak with will talk […]

Coach K on Building a Culture of Trust and Goal Mistakes

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) is a master at team building. Below, he shares his thoughts on gaining the respect of your players and the wrong approach to goal setting. On creating respect of players: “The best way gain respect is to tell them the truth. Look them in the eye and tell […]

Best Responses to Upset Sports Parents

The following is an excerpt from the new book: Control Your Off the Field Concerns: Proven Remedies for Coaches and Athletic Directors to Solve Your Toughest Challenges. Consider this scenario. It wasn’t the best game your team ever played. And before you can turn to them to try to smooth over the loss, you are […]

3 Great Ideas to Motivate Bench Players

Studies in the corporate environment have revealed that cash raises are not always the most effective way to reward and motivate employees. In fact, a recent study revealed 3 methods that proved as successful at motivating employees that coaches can adopt to motivate athletes as well. 1) Let players have some say over their own […]

7 Practical Ideas to Contain Team Gossip

Team harmony can be improved when friendships develop within the team. The downside is cliques and gossip starting to increase. The line between casual communication and destructive gossip is thin. How can you stomp out gossip without discouraging bonding among team members? Gossip benefits no one. In fact, it’s one of the most common team […]

Chip Kelly’s 6 Keys to Run a Great Practice

Current UCLA and former Oregon football coach Chip Kelly is recognized as an innovator in his approach to the game. It all starts with the way his teams practice. Here are his 6 keys to running a great practice. (The following was excerpted from the book – The Football Coach’s Gameplan for Leadership: Interviews with […]

Player Post-Game Self Evaluations Improve Performance

Coaches and athletes must deal with the fact all games end with a team’s performance falling (more or less) into one of the following categories: 1) Won and played well. 2) Won but played poorly. 3) Lost and played well. 4) Lost and played poorly. Given the above four conditions, is there a constructive method […]