When I first started out with DRIVN, it was mainly just a communication and calendar tool for us. As the head football coach at Greenwich High School, I had six coaches attached to my Facebook account just to contact kids. I was using Hudl to get a hold of kids. I was emailing, texting, calling, you name it. I was all over the place trying to keep track of which kids used email, which kids texted, which kids used Facebook. Contacting our athletes was a very chaotic process.
Topics: Team Communication
I coach girls’ soccer and have for about 20 years. I’ve always had a good understanding of the game, and over the years I’ve learned how to teach it adequately.
The girls I’ve been coaching for the past five or six years are 11, 12 and 13 years old, and those may be my favorite ages. They want to learn and they will try to do whatever you ask of them. That’s the rewarding part. The fun part is that, contrary to popular teachings at coaching schools, sarcasm and less-than-truthful statements work.
So, one of your players is injured. You ask the same question every time you see them. “How’s the injury?” You get the same answer every time – “I’m okay.”
Let’s face it. Your athletes need some good advice on how to deal with an injury. And they need to hear it from someone they will pay attention to, meaning someone other than you.
Do you think they’d listen to a pair of U.S. women’s national team players – Carli Lloyd and Crystal Dunn?
Topics: Athletic Performance
There’s a lot of attention being paid recently to improving the quality and readability of emails. Studies range from what the subject line should read to how to end the email. For example, “Hey, a Quick Update” and “Not Many People Know This But …” are good. And “Thanks in advance” is much a better closing than “Cheers.”
Topics: Team Communication
Each generation of athletes has offered its own set of challenges to college coaches. Today’s group of athletes, however, is unique. Never before has the technical ability of college-age players been so high.
And we’re not talking about their ability to perform the skills of their chosen sport. It’s their ability to expertly use any and all forms of technology that’s most impressive.
“There’s a great phrase I read the other day,” says Ohio University field hockey coach Neil Macmillan. “I can’t remember it exactly but it was something like “The Tribe of the Bent Necks” which was what they were using to describe this generation because they are always looking down at their phones. I thought that was fantastic because you can’t go anywhere nowadays and not see people bent over concentrating on their phones.”
"The most important thing in coaching is communication. It’s not what you say as much as what they absorb.” Red Auerbach
How much information is your team actually absorbing on a daily basis? Between emails and text messages, bulletin board postings and team meetings, important information can easily fall through the cracks. Read on to find five ways you can clean up your team communication today and start seeing results tomorrow.
Coaching courses can be intimidating. Expecting to be scrutinized and judged by their peers, soccer coaching candidates enter a new environment unsure of what to expect. But for those who have chosen coaching as their profession, or even those who simply want to be better at what has become their hobby, attending a coaching education course, is crucial and necessary step. So the candidate pays the fee, as well as the travel and lodging costs, packs up a lifetime of soccer knowledge and joins a collection of strangers hoping to become a better coach.
I never much liked Heineken, but I love their soccer commercials. Have you see them? They end with “You can call me soccer.”
Like probably all of you, I grew up playing soccer. Unlike probably many of you, it was during an era when, relative to today, not a whole lot of it was played, virtually none was watched, and all of it was criticized. National teams were virtually non-existent and youth national teams were rare.
Drivn Blog 2017
We are excited to share relevant and useful coaching, player and team development ideas to a fast growing list of subscribers among the #DrivnNation. Please reach out to us with things you are interested in hearing more about. High level topics already on our radar include, wellness, nutrition, leadership, coaching philosophy, motivational stories, technology and sports, sports science topics like Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE), and topics around the athletes (student athletes) perspective; just a few ideas to get your thoughts flowing. Also, we would love to hear from those of you with a passion for writing on relevant topics from the above list or other ideas. We welcome guest bloggers!
This week wraps up an exciting year at Drivn. We are excited to work with so many amazing sports teams, and to be continually learning new and different ways technology can augment the great work that the coaches and coaching staff are doing working with the athletes.