Confidence, ability to manage emotions, self-motivation, use of imagery, and the ability to focus. Those are some of the qualities associated with psychologically strong athletes.
“It’s a chicken and egg thing.” That’s the way confidence was explained to me once.
Which comes first? Is a particular athlete confident because they played well, or did they play well because they were confident? The answer differs from athlete to athlete, of course. And with young athletes, the level – or the existence – of confidence can differ from day to day.
Ask most players when they are confident on the field, and the answer will be “When I play well.” Okay, now ask them for reasons why they play well, and they will say, “When I am confident.”
George Bernard Shaw was right.
And not just because he said, “Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.” The quote I really like is this one: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
Earlier this week, the 14U girls soccer team I coach had a very unique experience. Lauren Gregg, who served as the assistant coach with the U.S. women’s national team for 12 years, trained them.
Naturally, any time your team can have access to a high-level coach, your players are going to get a lot out of it. But the experience for the girls – and for me -- was even better than I thought it would be.
One of the best questions you can ever ask is “Are there any questions I didn’t ask that I should have?” After all, you want to be sure you get all the information you need, right?
Asking questions is an art form and an essential part of problem-solving, which as you surely know is one of a coach’s most important jobs.
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.
“People make choices based on what they know, and if they don’t have all the information, they can’t make the best choices,” says Darcy Norman, AS Roma’s director of performance and a DRIVN user. “Collecting data helps you make a more informed decision.
Every youth soccer club will tout player development as the cornerstone of everything it does.
But making player development the top priority rarely happens. In many cases, the club is exaggerating its commitment to player development. In most cases, they are wishing it was true but not doing a lot to make it happen.
There are a lot of reasons, of course. But one in particular is especially frustrating in youth soccer, and that’s when winning games is more important to the coach.
Coaches endure an internal argument between their naturally competitive impulses and the desire to do right by the players. Too many times, when the competitive beats development.
That’s why Noel Gillespie’s job is so interesting.
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.
DRIVN is uniquely qualified to do everything a team needs. For a sample of what it can do, watch a six-minute video.
There’s a simple reason why DRIVN is the only piece of technology you need.
My team of 13-year-old girls recently had a Christmas Party. First, let me tell you that I am very lucky. My team of middle-schoolers get along very well. They laugh a lot and really enjoy being around each other. And at least for a few hours at a time, they dispel the old saying, “There’s nothing meaner than a middle school girl.”
If you missed the first post in this series, click here.
I coach girls soccer. The girls I am currently coaching are between 13 and 15, so the following sentence from a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) certainly caught my eye.