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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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