Two Sides To Fatigue

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Does any of this sound familiar?

During training, a player or two seem to be wandering around in a fog. They seem clueless as to what’s going on around them. The ball sneaks up on them, surprising them to the point where you are not sure if that was their first touch or a one-timed shot.

Or during a game, you notice you’ve used the word “focus” a record number of times, and the more you say it, the more it sounds like you are begging and pleading. The mistakes your players are making are baffling. You’re sure they know better, and you’re at a loss to understand what in the world they are doing.

What’s going on?

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Athlete Development

Coaching Through A Growth Spurt

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 12, 2017 11:15:00 AM

One of your players all of a sudden appears uncoordinated, slower than normal, off-balance and struggles to perform skills you thought were mastered long ago.

It takes no time at all to accurately diagnose the problem – Growth Spurt.

When trying to identify the reason a young player is struggling, this is by far the easiest. There’s no need to list the physical changes needed to identify a player going through a growth spurt. It’s safe to say you’ll know it when you see it.

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Topics: training, Athletic Performance, Athlete Development, Mobile Coaching, Coaching

Burnout: Why It's Something To Worry About

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 7, 2017 10:36:00 AM

Burnout is one of those words we choose to use when we feel like exaggerating, or when we need an excuse.

Are you really burned out on a type of food, a television show, or maybe a sport? Or have you just spent an inordinate amount of time on it lately? Does a busy day really burn out kids to the point where they turn down an invitation to a social or sporting event by saying, “No, I’m burned out?” Or they just tired?

Burnout, however, is a real concern among young athletes. It’s cited as the reason kids stop trying, under-perform and quit altogether.

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Team Communication, Athlete Development, Coaching, Data Tracking

Replicating Routines Without Superstition

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 5, 2017 10:46:00 AM

Traditionally, athletes who have a good day the field, court or rink go to great lengths to replicate the routine that led to it.

Athletes have always turned to superstitions and good luck charms in an effort to repeat a good performance.

Tennis champion Serena Williams will not change her socks during a tournament. Michael Jordan always wore his University of North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts. All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher ate two chocolate chip cookies before every game. And baseball hall of famer Richie Ashburn slept with his bats.

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Team Communication, Sports Performance, Athlete Development, Data Tracking

Tracking & Reporting: How To Manage Your Team's Injuries

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM

The staff behind DRIVN is constantly making adjustments, tweaks and updates to help teams and organizations operate more efficiently.

Lately, time has been spent on creating and improving the way teams manage injuries.

“We can have a club-wide standard injury report on every coaches’ phone,” says Mike Gosselin, DRIVN’s Director of Business Development. “They can fill it out for every athlete. That’s become very popular.”

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Topics: Sports Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Athlete Development, Recovery, Injury Prevention, Data Tracking

The Number Of Apps Your Team Needs To Succeed

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 28, 2017 11:08:00 AM

There are 3.3 million apps in the Google Play store, and there’s probably that many people in the world with an idea for another one.

The question is, how many apps do you need to make your team or organization more efficient? The good news is the answer is one.

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Topics: Team Chemistry, Athletic Performance, Team Communication, Sports Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Athlete Development, Mobile Coaching, Effective Communication

Time To Toss That Mental Checklist

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM

I coached a girl once who had all kinds of talent. She was adept at dribbling through multiple defenders, and she was clever about it. She was one of those kids who really loved the game and wanted to get better.

But like many players, she hung onto the ball just a little too long. I started talking to her about making better decisions. When she asked me how she could make better decisions, I realized just how stupid I was.

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Topics: Team Chemistry, Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Athlete Development

A Simple Way To Stop Your Team's Whining

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 16, 2017 10:28:00 AM

I know a guy who watched the movie “Silence of the Lambs” and came away with an admiration for the murderous, cannibalistic villain Hannibal Lecter because, “He didn’t whine about his situation in life.”

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

How To Become Somebody

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog, know that I like quotes. Well, here’s one for you to consider:

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The Whole New World Of Social Media

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 2, 2017 10:46:00 AM

Two college athletes walk into a bar.

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Topics: Team Communication, Mobile Coaching, Effective Communication, Social Media