Coaches Who Yell Haven't Prepared Their Players

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 13, 2018 11:46:14 AM

A mom once told me that her daughter performs best when she is yelled at by the coach.

I told her, “Well, I won’t be doing that.”

She went on to give some examples of coaches who yelled at her and how it seemed to work, or something like that. I wasn’t really listening. My mind was occupied imagining what a miserable experience this girl must be having with soccer.

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

3 Questions Every Club Needs to Answer

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 29, 2018 1:01:59 PM

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

The questions are:

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

The Number Of Apps Your Team Needs To Succeed

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 28, 2017 11:08:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Athlete Development, Athletic Performance, Effective Communication, Elite Sports Teams, Mobile Coaching, Sports Performance, Team Chemistry, Team Communication

A Simple Way To Stop Your Team's Whining

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 16, 2017 10:28:00 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.”

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

The Whole New World Of Social Media

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 2, 2017 10:46:00 AM

Two college athletes walk into a bar.

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

The Beauty Of Failure And Why You Should Celebrate It

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 31, 2017 11:00:00 AM

How did you fail today?

Ask your players that question. It can be a useful and entertaining exercise. It might take a while for some players to open up and admit their mistakes, minor humiliations, and embarrassing moments. And you might have to admit a failure of your own to get things rolling.

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Topics: Athlete Development, Coaching, Effective Communication, Mobile Coaching, Team Chemistry, Team Communication

How To Escape The YouTube Loop

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 18, 2017 10:56:00 AM

Yesterday, I went to YouTube to get some ideas for my week of soccer practices. Of course, I quickly found a nice collection to check out. But here’s what happened.

I started with a video about teaching possession. Then I watched one about possession with a diamond midfield. Then I saw one with one of the best players of all time, Johan Cruyff, explaining the how he played in the diamond. I had to watch that one.

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

The Impact Of Quality Team Communication

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM

As a coach, where do your responsibilities end?

Do you, for example, adhere to that line in your organization’s mission statement about teaching life-lessons? You know, the one every youth sports organization touts but seems to forget on the weekend when the score is 1-1.

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Topics: Athlete Development, Effective Communication, Team Communication, Team Chemistry, Quote of the Day

Stop Telling Your Players To Be Accountable

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

One sentence in the Harvard Business Review nailed the way a lot of coaches treat accountability among players on their teams.

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Topics: Team Communication, Effective Communication, Team Chemistry, Athlete Development, Greenwich Football, Goal Setting, Mobile Coaching

Are You Edu-taining Your Team?

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Students entering college this year have always had access to technology that makes their lives more efficient. They have never had to use a phone book, never had to stop to ask for directions. They have always been able to settle a debate by asking Google, and all of their music has always fit in their pocket. Virtually everything they need is literally at their fingertips.

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Topics: Coaching, Effective Communication, Elite Sports Teams, Mobile Coaching, Team Communication, video coaching