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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

3 Proven Methods to Guard Against Over-Confidence

With NCAA March Madness upon us, the heavy favorites will be on guard against having over-confidence. Self confidence can be defined as an athlete’s belief that he or she can perform difficult tasks under certain conditions.  Overconfidence develops when they misjudge those conditions.  They tend to pay less attention to detail, ignore critical information and …

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