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 …

4 Keys to Tiger Woods Greatness

What a comeback for Tiger Woods. In one of the more remarkable golf success stories of all-time, Woods won his fifth Masters title after an 11-year break between major wins. Here are 4 keys to Woods greatness: 1) The Mental Golf Game Taught from the Start. Tiger’s late father Earl had a psychology degree from …

4 Quick Team Building Ideas

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

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. Coach the process, not the outcome. When an athlete focuses on the importance of the game, winning …

14 Tips for Leading Generation Z Athletes

The following 14 principles for leading Post-Millenials or Generation Z are directed to the work-place, but many of the same concepts apply to athletic teams as well.  This was our number one blog post for high schools in 2018 and was excerpted from the book : Championship Performance Coaching Volume 1: Legendary Coaching Wisdom on …

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 …

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 …

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 …