Archive for 'Winning Ways Blog'

4 Quick Team Building Ideas

These ideas build team harmony, reduce tension and foster a positive atmosphere during the season.

  1. Mark off significant progress when certain goals are met with “mini-celebrations”. For example, throw a pizza party when the team increases assist to turnover margin for a certain amount of games in a row. Don’t necessarily make the celebration tied to number of victories.

  2. Post a large blank sheet of paper with headings such as “Favorite Movie or Musical Performer” and “One Unique Aspect about Myself” in ...

Continue Reading →

7 Coaching Tips to Help Athletes Manage Competition Pressure

In the following excerpt from the book Championship Performance Coaching Volume 2: 200+ Practical, Proven Sports Psychology and Team Building Strategies to Win More this Season use these 7 coaching tips to help your players control pressure situations.

  1. Coach the process, not the outcome. When an athlete focuses on the importance of the game, winning and losing, or anything to do with the outcome of the performance, he/she is in big trouble. This focus distracts the athlete from a ...
Continue Reading →

14 Tips for Leading Generation Z Athletes

Continue Reading →

Saints Plan to Recover from Losses

Losing is a bitter pill to swallow, no matter the circumstance. And as Lou Holtz once said, “You can’t let one loss beat you twice.” So how do teams turn the page?

The New Orleans Saints have a team policy called “the 24- hour rule.”

After a close loss earlier this season, the Saints called upon their 24-hour rule that gives them time to sort through the emotions of an agonizing loss and process what happened in the game.

Saints’ quarterback ...

Continue Reading →

Pete Carroll’s Big Game Motivation Mistake

Football coach Pete Carroll says he learned one of his most important lessons about coaching college football and motivation in his first season with Southern Cal, in his first big rivalry game.

The 2001 Trojans were reeling — 2-4 and headed to South Bend to face Notre Dame and try for some redemption.

Carroll built up the game all week to his players. This game is special, he said. This is the time for your best effort. Turned out ...

Continue Reading →

Deal with the Unruly Sports Parent

Consider the following scene. 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 confronted with an irate, in your face, father (or occasionally a mother). In language too salty for a marine drill sergeant, you are given a tongue lashing on everything from your @#%^*& lack of ability as a coach to why his superstar child is not playing the right position, receiving enough ...

Continue Reading →

How Bill Belichick Quizzes to Improve Performance

In the following excerpt from The Football Coach’s Game Plan for Leadership, this chapter breaks down how Bill Belichick uses random quizzes to have the best prepared team in the NFL.

So how does he drill information into his players so that the retention is so successful? It’s called random quizzing and his players don’t care for this type of coaching, but the benefits are obvious.

The questions can be things that are noticed on film—like a subtle trait of ...

Continue Reading →

Coaching Tips for Slumping Athletes

Sports Psychology and Slump breaking expert Alan Goldberg offered these coaching tips when dealing with an athlete who might be in a performance slump.

When you have a player going through an extended period of poor play, what you say or how you react can have a big effect on how quickly the player gets back to “in the groove”. Here are suggested do and don’ts when faced with that situation.

  • Relate to their situation. Step inside their shoes and let them ...

Continue Reading →

Urban Meyer’s On-Edge Teaching Style

Urban Meyer is all about finding the most efficient ways to educate his players about the intricacies of his high-powered offense. He has a teaching approach that is increasingly popular in academic circles, but still mostly unheard of in the world of football coaching: flipping the classroom.

In this excerpt from the book: The Football Coach’s Game Plan for Leadership, get powerful insights on coaching philosophy from Meyer and dozens more football legends on preparing to win.

In academics, flipped ...

Continue Reading →

Prepare Your Team to Face Inferior Competition

High school basketball coaching legend William Warren described how he got his team ready to face an an overmatched opponent.  It’s easy to fall into complacency and just ‘go through the motions.’

When you are playing a team who is clearly weaker, there are several motivational tactics to pursue. The message you want to convey to the starters is that, “Yes, we overmatch this opponent. The question is whether you will be on the court or field doing the winning or ...

Continue Reading →
Page 1 of 4 1234