DRIVN Has Created a Sense of Community Within my Program

Posted by John Marinelli on Apr 27, 2017 9:37:19 AM

In the past, I have written about how DRIVN has helped my football program at Greenwich High School with communication and accountability. In this column, I want to explain how it has helped develop a sense of community among my players.

Now that we have mastered the basics tools DRIVN allows, we are going to do much more with it. We are always finding new ways to use it, and sometimes we discover that it has improved a situation we didn’t think it would.

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Topics: Team Chemistry, Team Communication

A Lesson In Breaking Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Posted by Tim Nash on Apr 25, 2017 11:12:08 AM

So, I heard this story the other day and decided to tell it to the two teams of 13-and 14-year-old girls I coach.

My players, most of them anyway, like story time. They have learned to expect something completely unexpected, and it often leads to an interesting conversation. Others, those who on the other end of the “Things I Find Interesting Scale,” just listen and kind of give me that open-mouth stare while thinking, “What the heck is he talking about?”

Anyway, this story was an attempt to explain to my players one of the challenges girls that age face -- getting out of their comfort zone and testing themselves in difficult environments. That is, after all, where the most progress can be made. But every time some of my girls go out on the field, they will place themselves in their comfort zone, that area of the field they are used to, the spot that offers no surprises.

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Topics: Athletic Performance

Crystal Dunn Learned the Benefits of Playing New Positions

Posted by Tim Nash on Apr 20, 2017 8:41:21 AM

Coaching young soccer players has its unique challenges, and one of them is getting players to accept playing a position new to them.

Some players will embrace it, others will resist. Others still will shut down completely.

“I don’t know how to play there,” they say. In reality, other than positioning, there is nothing new they need to know. They just need to be a soccer player. No matter what position they are playing, the skills they need don’t change.

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Topics: Athletic Performance

Helping the Comfortable and Troubled Players on Your Team

Posted by Tim Nash on Apr 18, 2017 1:16:22 PM

I came across a good quote today from a guy named Ric Charlesworth. He’s a famous Aussie cricket and field hockey player and coach who also served as a member of the Australian Parliament for 10 years.

Charlesworth is credited with saying, “The interesting thing about coaching is you have to trouble the comfortable and comfort the troubled.”

One thing that always makes a quote good is the fact that it is true, and this one certainly is. Challenging the comfortable players on your team to get out of their comfort zone and finding a comfort zone for those on your team that don’t have one are among the more challenging aspects of coaching.

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Topics: Team Communication

Redefining Impossible

Posted by Tim Nash on Apr 13, 2017 11:24:57 AM

When it comes to improvement, there are barriers that have to be overcome. The barrier is built by both your inadequate level of confidence and the external information you’ve acquired over time that has sapped your enthusiasm to do something special.

“Can’t be done,” you’ve heard. “You’re just not capable,” people tell you. “A waste of time trying,” you tell yourself. “That’s not possible,” you’re told.

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Topics: training

DRIVN is Teaching My Players Accountability

Posted by John Marinelli on Apr 11, 2017 1:37:53 PM

After we started using DRIVN at Greenwich High School, we started to discover all these different ways we could use it, all the different things it could help us with. Player accountability is a very important one.

When it comes down to it, in high school sports you are trying to develop leaders and responsible adults.

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Topics: Team Communication

Three Question to Rate Your Communication

Posted by Tim Nash on Apr 6, 2017 11:29:46 AM

Do you communicate effectively with your team?

Everyone will agree that your ability to communicate with your players is a key ingredient to your team’s success. But how exactly do you know if you are doing it well?

One way to find out is to answer these three questions objectively and honestly.

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Topics: Team Communication

Information Sharing at Georgia Southern Got More Efficient With DRIVN

Posted by Tim Nash on Apr 4, 2017 11:41:47 AM

Student-athletes are busy. Jamming practices, classes, meetings, appointments, studying, individual fitness training and any number of other tasks into their day can be a lot to handle.

There’s little coaches can do other than issue warnings about the importance of using their time wisely, encourage players to stay organized and not fall behind in the classroom or on the field. After all, it’s ultimately up to the player to get it all done.

At Georgia Southern University, men’s soccer coach John Murphy has given his players a tool to assist them in their daily lives.

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Team Communication

Why South Carolina Doesn't Treat All Players the Same

Posted by Tim Nash on Mar 30, 2017 2:25:38 PM

Here’s the problem with rules: if you have a rule, there has to be a consequence for breaking it.

And, of course, there has to be team rules. As much as chaos can be fun, it’s never going to be helpful to your players and never going to be part of your team culture. So, at the start of each season, you explain the rules and make sure your players know you are fully capable of enforcing them.

The punishment for breaking a rule, though, is usually left undefined, and the answer to a question about punishment is often, “I’ll decide.”  

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Topics: Team Chemistry, Athletic Performance, Team Communication

How Objective Data Changed UNC Women’s Soccer Player-Coach Dynamic

Posted by Tim Nash on Mar 28, 2017 10:51:16 AM

There are 28 different categories for which a women’s soccer player at the University of North Carolina receives a score – every day, in practice and in games.

It’s part of an effort by head coach Anson Dorrance to develop what he has labeled a “competitive cauldron,” a developmental environment which encourages – even demands – competition between teammates.

“The main thrust of the competitive cauldron is to drive competition in practice,” says Dorrance, who has led the Tar Heels to 21 NCAA Championships and was the architect of the U.S. Women’s National team program. “If everyone knows that every part of practice is recorded, we are going to get a greater focus and a more competitive spirit to try to win at every aspect of practice.

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Topics: training, Athletic Performance, Team Communication