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: Sports Performance, Effective Communication, Coaching

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

Is Your Communication An Illusion

Posted by Tim Nash on Aug 23, 2018 11:26:21 AM

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.”

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Effective Communication, Coaching

How DRIVN Can Help You Teach Life Lessons

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 18, 2018 12:52:11 PM


Youth sports organizations and coaches like to talk about how playing a sport “teaches life lessons.” However, how many actually take an active role in the process. ‘Teaching Life Lessons” is too important to be left to subtleties or chance. It often requires a deliberate, blunt, straight-forward approach by the coach.

The team at DRIVN is certainly aware of the coach’s role in everything on the field and off, and here’s how DRIVN help coaches teach their athletes life lessons?

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Topics: Effective Communication, Goal Setting

DRIVN Checks the Boxes of What Clubs Need

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 7, 2018 12:33:52 PM

When the youth soccer club Thomas Finlay was operating started to feel growing pains, he knew the club needed to be run like a small business.

And Finlay had a solid background on which to draw. He had coached in the Atlanta area. He was executive director for New Orleans Soccer Academy, and he had a degree in Economics and Political Science from Wake Forest, where he played for four years.

So, what did Finlay do to set the course for what was then called the North Mecklenburg Soccer Club? He turned to an odd source for the solution.

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Topics: Team Communication, Effective Communication, Coaching

I Say Yanny, They Hear Laurel

Posted by Tim Nash on May 17, 2018 10:14:31 AM


A month or so ago, I started asking parents what they wanted from their child’s coach and club. One parent had a simple answer that seemed like a good guideline for coaches to use when working with kids.

“I want a coach who can relate to my daughter in a way she can understand,” said one mother.

Makes sense, I thought. That shouldn’t be hard to do. But now this whole Yanny vs Laurel thing comes up, and I wonder what they actually hear when I speak.

If you haven’t heard of Yanny and Laurel, it’s a recording that has caused the internet community to freak out. It debuted on Snapchat Tuesday and was viewed 18 million times by Thursday morning. The recording says a word. Some people hear Yanny and others hear Laurel. It has something to do with pitch and how it is interpreted differently by different people.

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Topics: Team Communication, Youth Sports, Effective Communication, Coaching

How Do I Communicate With These Kids?

Posted by Tim Nash on May 1, 2018 9:24:49 PM

Millennials are an easy target for criticism. They’re lazy, we say. They’re needy, antisocial, self-centered, entitled.

But there are at least two sides to every Millennial.

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Topics: Mobile Coaching, Effective Communication, Coaching

Your Club is a Business, Treat it that Way

Posted by Tim Nash on Mar 23, 2018 10:55:21 AM

In 2013, ESPN looked at the exploding youth club sports landscape and came to this conclusion: “Youth sports is so big that no one knows quite how big it is.”

While ESPN was stumped by the sheer number of players involved in youth sports, last year a study by WinterGreen Research published in Time Magazine determined it was a $15.3 Billion industry and rapidly growing.

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Topics: Youth Sports, Elite Sports Teams, Athlete Development, Effective Communication, Coaching

Parents to Coaches: Remember, the Kids are Watching

Posted by Tim Nash on Mar 14, 2018 12:59:45 PM

What exactly do parents want? That’s an important question for youth soccer clubs and coaches, and one worthy of extended discussion. So, in a completely unscientific study, I asked 25 youth soccer parents what they want from their child’s coach and club. This is the second of several posts that will look at what they said.

A dad of a player I once coached told me, “These girls are not going to remember many of their teachers, but they will remember their coaches."

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Topics: Team Communication, Youth Sports, Effective Communication, Coaching