Coach, Are You Listening?

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 27, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Listening is an art form, and it may be quickly becoming a lost art.

In today’s culture, finding someone to blame, shifting responsibility, making excuses and arguing in general seem to be required skills. Winning an argument is more important to some that accepting responsibility and learning from it. We tend to listen in order to prepare ourselves to get the best of whoever is talking to us.

Simply put people tend to listen to respond, not to understand.

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Topics: Team Communication, Athlete Development, Mobile Coaching, Effective Communication, Listening

When Coaching Trouble Stems From Poor Communication

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 20, 2017 12:29:12 PM

What are some common mistakes coaches make? We asked around and found that most of them have to do with communication. When to communicate, how to effectively communicate, what to communicate and what not to.

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Topics: Team Communication, Sports Performance, Athlete Development, Effective Communication

Ten Quotes To Help You Find Your Better

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 15, 2017 9:13:30 AM

In an effort to inspire and motivate you to “Find Your Better”, we at DRIVN will periodically offer some quotes from those who have enjoyed success. Enjoy Part I.

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Topics: Motivation, Quote of the Day

How Historical Data Can Turn a Season Around

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 13, 2017 10:57:49 AM

It’s that time again for summer workouts. Coaches are sending them out to prospective student-athletes, hoping they are strictly followed so their players report to pre-season training in top condition.

The programs, most likely arrive in the player’s email boxes with a PDF attached. As a coach, do you ever wish you could simply put workout items and details on the player’s calendar with diagrams and videos attached and a method to see if the workout was followed?

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Topics: Fitness, Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Team Communication, Sports Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Athlete Development, Data Science

The Challenge Of Reaching Your Millennial Athletes

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 8, 2017 9:22:06 AM

Communication has always been an integral part of coaching. In the old days, Vince Lombardi screamed and threatened his Green Bay Packers. Bobby Knight threw things and bullied his teams. John Wooden spoke softly so his players would have to pay close attention to hear him. Others have used a combination of diverse methods to get their points across to athletes.

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Topics: Team Chemistry, Team Communication, Effective Communication

Data: The Key To Improving Sports Performance

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 6, 2017 11:52:49 AM

So, you have a player who is not performing as well as you’d like, and it’s frustrating. They are among your most talented players, but they just don’t get it done.

You have your own theories as to why, and over time you convince yourself you are right – he’s just lazy, he’s too slow, he’s not aggressive enough.

But what if you are wrong? What if there is a simple explanation that neither you nor the player have considered? What a waste that would be.

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Topics: Fitness, RPE, Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Athlete Development, Soccer, Data Science

The Key To Effectively Communicating With Your Team

Posted by Tim Nash on May 25, 2017 11:00:00 AM

We hear the complaint more and more frequently in various forms. But most of the time, it starts with “Kids these days ...”

The complaint revolves around teenagers – and sometimes covers an entire generation – and their phones. “Their heads are buried in the phones” … “They don’t know how to interact with people” … “They have no social skills.”

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Topics: Team Chemistry, Team Communication, Mobile Coaching, Effective Communication

Accepting The Fear of Failure

Posted by Tim Nash on May 23, 2017 10:38:45 AM

Some recent conversations have reminded me about the importance of failure in player development.

The first example came from Rose Lavelle, a current rising star with the U.S. National Team and a rookie with the Boston Breakers. She told a story about how as a high school freshman her fear of failure nearly derailed a promising career.

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Topics: Athlete Development, Women's National Team, Soccer

How To Teach Life Lessons To Your Youth Athletes

Posted by Tim Nash on May 18, 2017 10:42:13 AM

Youth sports organizations and coaches like to talk about how playing a sport “teaches life lessons.” However, how many actually take an active role in the process? ‘Teaching Life Lessons” is too important to be left to subtleties or chance. It often requires a deliberate, blunt, straight-forward approach by the coach.

The team at DRIVN is certainly aware of the coach’s role in everything on and off the field, and here’s how DRIVN help coaches teach their athletes life lessons.

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Topics: Team Communication, Youth Sports

Sports Performance Has Evolved and DRIVN Has Kept Up

Posted by Tim Nash on May 16, 2017 8:48:19 AM

I have an old Sports Illustrated. The cover date is July 4, 1960. Articles teased on the cover are about Bill Veeck, Archie Moore and the US Olympic Trials. But the most interesting part of the magazine is the ads.

Cameras, video recorders, cigarettes, telephones, cigars and a whole lot of alcohol are the most prominent products being advertised, but one Campbell Soup ad caught my eye. It was for “Soup on the Rocks.”

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Topics: Fitness, RPE, Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Sports Performance