Can Fools Be Successful?

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 21, 2019 8:26:53 AM

There’s an economic term I’ve been thinking about lately, and the more I think about it, the more parallels I see to athletics and athletic achievement.

The term is “The Greater Fool.” In economics, the Greater Fool theory says, “the price of an object is determined not by its intrinsic value, but rather by irrational beliefs and expectations of market participants.” The Greater Fool buys long and sells short. Economies need Greater Fools in order for others to profit.

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Topics: Coaching, Goal Setting, Sports Performance

Reaction Time is Trained by Experiences

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 7, 2019 8:47:35 AM

So I have this great book that I pull out every once in a while. It’s called Sports Illustrated; Fifty Years of Great Writing.

I picked it up the other day and opened it o an old article about Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher and world-famous malaprop philosopher. Famous quotes attributed to Berra are somewhere between idiotic and genius. “No one goes there anymore. It's too crowded” … “Be careful if you don’t know where your going. You might not get there,” and “The Future ain’t what it used to be.”

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Topics: Coaching, Athlete Development, training

Championships Are Not Accidents

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 31, 2019 8:30:34 AM

The other night, I went to a banquet. It was an induction ceremony for the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame, and two North Carolina based teams that won national championships were being honored. One was the Greensboro United U15 girls team that won the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup in 2011. The other was the Duke University 1986 NCAA championship team.

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Topics: Goal Setting, Coaching, Elite Sports Teams

How to Eliminate Whining Within Your Team

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 10, 2019 8:24:31 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.”

When Hannibal Lecter is better than whining, you must really despise whining.

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Topics: Coaching, Effective Communication, Sports Performance

Is Your Organization Retaining Players?

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 3, 2019 8:48:08 AM

There are three questions every youth organization should continuously ask. Honest answers can clarify the work being done and the direction taken toward success.

The questions are:

  • Who are our customers?
  • What do they want?
  • Are we giving it to them?
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Topics: Coaching, Youth Sports

How Do You Measure Success?

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 27, 2018 8:59:36 AM

Were you successful? We seem to answer that question too easily. For many parents, players and coaches, the answer is found in wins and losses. If you scored more points than your opponent, you were successful. If your team has more wins than losses at the end of the season, you succeeded.

That’s just how we measure stuff like success. But should we? There’s a lot more to success than wins and losses. And that’s not just a way to make people on the losing side feel better about themselves. An article in Psychology Today points out the way we measure success should be much more complicated than it is.

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Topics: Goal Setting, Sports Performance, Coaching

Developing Tools to Combat Chaos

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 13, 2018 8:10:18 AM

Athletic competitions, when you get right down to it, consist of a series of problems or puzzles. The coach’s job is to be sure the athlete has enough tools to solve every problem and to teach the player how and when to use them.

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Topics: Coaching, Soccer, Youth Sports

How Data Can Change the Player-coach Meeting

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 5, 2018 9:34:57 PM

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.

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Topics: Data Tracking, Coaching, Data Science

Dealing with Over- and Under-Confident Players

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 29, 2018 8:32:53 AM

 

I came across a good quote recently 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.”

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Topics: Data Tracking, Coaching, Effective Communication

Communicating with 'Kids These Days'

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 15, 2018 9:57:22 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.”

Once we learn that most of the people being criticized actually can communicate, they just do it differently now, we can start to explore ways to effectively reach them. Adopting their chosen method of communicating is a great start.

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