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: Sports Performance, Coaching, Goal Setting

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: Youth Sports, Soccer, Coaching

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 Science, Coaching, Data Tracking

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: Effective Communication, Coaching, Data Tracking

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: Team Communication, Mobile Coaching, Effective Communication, Coaching

Combining Data and Intuition

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 7, 2018 9:22:55 AM

Seldom does a movie change the way sports are played, but in 2011, Moneyball did just that. Based on the Michael Lewis book of the same name, Moneyball chronicles the Oakland A’s 2003 season, in which the use of data analytics changed the way baseball teams signed, paid and used players.

Like it or not, data analytics is here to stay. Since 2011, data analytics exploded and has grown to accommodate every aspect of sports – from front-office operations, to on-field performances, to injury prevention, to concession sales, to travel and anything else you can think of.

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Topics: Mobile Coaching, Coaching

Go from 'I Am' to 'We Are' in One Simple Step

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 31, 2018 2:09:14 PM

Back in the 90s, I learned about a simple team-building exercise that seems appropriate at this time of the year. Teams that play fall seasons, are entering their playoffs or major tournaments, conference championships, NCAA tournaments. It’s that time of the year, when players are excited, have high expectations and lofty dreams.

They are also wondering if they are good enough, either individually or as a team. Coaches are looking for ways to re-assure them, motivate them and give that extra boost of confidence that could make the difference.

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Topics: Team Chemistry, Women's National Team, Coaching

Are You Keeping Up with Changing Technology

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 25, 2018 10:42:24 AM

Just when you think you have a handle on the most recent technology, it changes. Just when you have almost perfected a method of communicating with your team, a better way comes along.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, Data Tracking

Should We Stop Telling Players to Relax?

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 17, 2018 9:50:19 AM

“Just go out there and relax.”

Most coaches have said that to their team at one point or another, or in some cases before every game. And chances are good that later on you are going to ask those same players to have more intensity.

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Topics: Youth Sports, Sports Performance, Coaching

Let's Admit When We are Wrong

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 2, 2018 2:35:11 PM

Do you want to really get your team’s attention? Start a pre-game speech with “I made a mistake.”

Players don’t hear those words very often from their coach. When they do, it’s usually followed by “I thought you were better than you are.” What’s wrong with telling your players you were wrong, you made a mistake, screwed things up, and in the end, let them down?

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Topics: Youth Sports, Soccer, Coaching