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

Increasing The "Compete Level" On Your Team

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 9, 2018 11:00:00 AM

My team of 13-year-old girls recently had a Christmas Party. First, let me tell you that I am very lucky. My team of middle-schoolers get along very well. They laugh a lot and really enjoy being around each other. And at least for a few hours at a time, they dispel the old saying, “There’s nothing meaner than a middle school girl.”

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Topics: Team Chemistry, Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Athlete Development

Let's Talk About ACLs - Part Two

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 4, 2018 11:00:00 AM

If you missed the first post in this series, click here

I coach girls soccer. The girls I am currently coaching are between 13 and 15, so the following sentence from a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) certainly caught my eye.

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Topics: Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Injury Prevention, Data Tracking

This Small Change Can Help Your Athletes Reach Their Full Potential

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM

We all know the margin between winning and losing is tiny. And on the professional or collegiate level, a win or a loss can be the difference between having a job and looking for one.

That’s why coaches are always looking for that little edge, and today, more than ever, the edges exist in the form of information.

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Data Science, Data Tracking

Two Sides To Fatigue

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Does any of this sound familiar?

During training, a player or two seem to be wandering around in a fog. They seem clueless as to what’s going on around them. The ball sneaks up on them, surprising them to the point where you are not sure if that was their first touch or a one-timed shot.

Or during a game, you notice you’ve used the word “focus” a record number of times, and the more you say it, the more it sounds like you are begging and pleading. The mistakes your players are making are baffling. You’re sure they know better, and you’re at a loss to understand what in the world they are doing.

What’s going on?

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Athlete Development

Replicating Routines Without Superstition

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 5, 2017 10:46:00 AM

Traditionally, athletes who have a good day the field, court or rink go to great lengths to replicate the routine that led to it.

Athletes have always turned to superstitions and good luck charms in an effort to repeat a good performance.

Tennis champion Serena Williams will not change her socks during a tournament. Michael Jordan always wore his University of North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts. All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher ate two chocolate chip cookies before every game. And baseball hall of famer Richie Ashburn slept with his bats.

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Team Communication, Sports Performance, Athlete Development, Data Tracking

Tracking & Reporting: How To Manage Your Team's Injuries

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM

The staff behind DRIVN is constantly making adjustments, tweaks and updates to help teams and organizations operate more efficiently.

Lately, time has been spent on creating and improving the way teams manage injuries.

“We can have a club-wide standard injury report on every coaches’ phone,” says Mike Gosselin, DRIVN’s Director of Business Development. “They can fill it out for every athlete. That’s become very popular.”

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Topics: Sports Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Athlete Development, Recovery, Injury Prevention, Data Tracking

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

Time To Toss That Mental Checklist

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM

I coached a girl once who had all kinds of talent. She was adept at dribbling through multiple defenders, and she was clever about it. She was one of those kids who really loved the game and wanted to get better.

But like many players, she hung onto the ball just a little too long. I started talking to her about making better decisions. When she asked me how she could make better decisions, I realized just how stupid I was.

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Topics: Team Chemistry, Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Athlete Development

What To Do When Data Becomes Overwhelming

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 10, 2017 10:45:00 AM

With the rapid advancements in sports technology, wearables have become an integral part of analyzing and managing player performance.

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Topics: Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Team Communication, Sports Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Athlete Development, Mobile Coaching, Data Science, Coaching