Help 1st Year Players Integrate into Team Culture

When freshman and transfers enter your program, you want them to integrate into your team culture as quickly as possible.   To help make this transition smooth, here are three tips for coaches and five for athletes. These 8 ideas will build team chemistry. Coaches to do list: 1) Welcome letter. After they sign their commitment …

Wooden’s 8 Essentials for Great Practice

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden was a master at organizing practices for maximum production. Here are his 8 tips to create a great practice environment. Implement these and watch athletic motivation and engagement soar. Excerpted from the book The Basketball Coach’s Game Plan for Leadership. Fundamentals before creativity: Coach Wooden believed the teaching of …

3 Creative Ways to Increase Motivation

Special recognition doesn’t have to happen only at the end of the season team awards banquet. In fact, some of the best opportunities to build morale through recognition will come when you “catch players doing something right” on the practice field, in the classroom or in the local community. Here are 3 creative ideas to …

8 Critical Factors for Road Game Success

1) Familiarize yourself with the environment. We want the players to be comfortable. All road environments are different. Every rim in a basketball arena is different. Every hockey surface is different. Time permitting, athletes should familiarize themselves with the new environment. The goal is to get to a comfort level that results in productive play. …

Maximize Goal Setting Using SMART System

Goal setting can sometimes get boring and not be used to its full effectiveness. A systematic program called SMART will help coaches and athletes better achieve goals, improve performance and athletic motivation. SMART stands for: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time Bound The use of such an acronym is helpful in having athletes remember some of …

4 Most Common Team Captain Mistakes

You want your team captains to be like extensions of your coaching on the floor or field. But some players don’t always lead in a way that helps raise the play of everyone around them. Here are 4 mistakes that you should watch out for so your captains don’t make them. The following is excerpted …

Garcia’s New Confidence Leads to Masters Win

As Sergio Garcia prepared for yet another attempt to win his first major championship, his soon to be wife Angela Akin handed him a stack of letters. Each one was a hand written note on green paper (symbolizing the green jacket for Master’s winners). The letters came from friends and family members from Texas all …

Brad Faxon’s 4 Keys to Great Putting

Formerly one of the best putters on the PGA tour, Brad Faxon had a success formula that helped him lead the tour in putting average multiple times.  Excerpted from the book: Good to Great Golf: Shatter Your Lowest Round with Absolute Mental Focus.   Three specific examples of Faxon’s success formula: “Before I start a …

Top 10 Team Captain Responsibilities

Every team needs to have good leadership. It is critical that your team captains are providing the bulk of that leadership. Consultant Michael Voight of Central Connecticut State lists ten “must do’s” for team captains to be successful. Excerpted from the  Championship Performance Coaching book series.  Get hundreds of practical winning ideas to get your team …

How Pete Carroll Got His Team ‘In the Zone’

In the past year, we’ve covered Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawk http://www.seahawks.com coach Pete Carroll http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki three times in the Championship Performance Coaches Journal https://championshipperform.com/coaching-journal In this week’s Winning Ways blog, we look at how Carroll worked to get his team mentally ready to compete ‘in the zone’. Carroll has been a long time advocate …