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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. Give them freedom with their schedule. Even limited …

Three Ways Nick Saban Gets the Most from His Players

7 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 …

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 …

21 Tips to Play Great at Tournament Time

Former UCLA golf coach Jackie Steinmann prepared her golfers with these 21 tips to play great at tournament time. Many of the principles transfer to athletes in other sports to achieve competitive excellence. Play the round in their mind the night before which gives them an extra practice round. Make a list of things that they do …

4 Captain Mistakes/5 Key Responsibilities

You want your team captains to be like extensions of your football coaching on the field. But some players don’t always lead in a way that helps rise the play of everyone around them. Here are 4 mistakes that you should watch out for so your captains don’t make them. 1) Thinking they know everything. …

5 Steps to Reverse Player Attitude Problems

You can turn around a player’s problem attitude by taking the following one to one coaching steps: 1) List standards of behavior expected. You probably already have a list of team rules or policies. Show him or her where they are not meeting expectations. 2) Point out weak areas that need improvement. Using performance charts, …