With the rapid advancements in sports technology, wearables have become an integral part of analyzing and managing player performance.
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.
Way back in the 90s, the late Tony DiCicco had his players complete an exercise that emphasized teamwork, accountability and work ethic.
DiCicco used the exercise with his 1996 Olympic Gold medal winning Women’s soccer team and the 1999 Women’s World Cup Champions.
There is a point somewhere in your season where you hope your team is at its best. It might be the playoffs, a major tournament, or a game with a major rival.
The latest consensus in the debate about kids playing multiple sports seems to be trending toward it being a good idea.
It’s quite common to see young athletes – especially at the middle and high school ages – playing more than one sport in the same season. They play a school sport after school and rush to their club practice at night.
We are not going to add to the debate here and contribute our opinions on whether it is good or bad, right or wrong. Instead, we want to talk about the inevitable consequences – issues arising from overuse.
When you look at some of the most successful coaches over time, you’ll find they are all extremely organized. As a result, their teams are almost always prepared to perform at their best.
The New England Patriots, for example, have just one sign on their locker room wall. It says, “Every battle is won before it is fought.” And that’s because head coach Bill Belichick strongly believes in the value of preparation.
In his book, Training Soccer Champions, Anson Dorrance, the head coach of the University of North Carolina women’s soccer team, explains his theory on the difference between using video with men and women.
An article in Forbes magazine, begins by telling us, “(The) decreasing margin of error in sports is causing athletes and teams to scramble around to seek out ways to gain an edge—as slight as it may be—over their competitors.”
Finding that edge, that little bit extra that will help make the difference between winning and losing, is, of course, difficult. There are so many variables that coaches often don’t know where to start.
As a coach, you can probably list the annoying, yet important, tasks you have to perform in an effort to run your team efficiently. Here are six you don’t have to struggle through anymore.
Twenty-one years isn’t really that long. But looking back, we can see that we easily take for granted things we have today that we didn’t have in 1996.
In 1996, AOL CDs were coming in the mail, fax was the fastest method of sending information, and people still had to seek out pay phones when away from landlines. Technology in sports was, of course, fairy non-existent.