Are You Really Teaching Life-Lessons?

Posted by Tim Nash on Mar 28, 2019 9:11:41 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 core value every youth sports organization lists as a priority but seems to forget on the weekend when the score is 1-1.

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Topics: Team Communication, Youth Sports, Coaching

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

Two-Way Communication Helps Avoid Problems

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 30, 2018 12:32:18 PM

Coaches are pretty good about keeping up with the changes in their sport. They study games, research training methods, watch other coaches work.

They aren’t always so diligent, however, about keeping up with the off-the-field requirements of their jobs. Everyone is well-aware of the value of coach-player communication, but the players are not the only ones with which coaches need to stay connected.

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Topics: Team Communication, Coaching

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

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

Learn How to Listen to Parents

Posted by Tim Nash on Mar 2, 2018 8:00:55 AM

A few years ago, I was walking around the soccer fields at the North Carolina State Cup. Parents were settling into to their chosen spots on the sideline, setting up their chairs and chatting nervously.

Down the sideline, somewhat removed from the rest of the parents, sat Carla Overbeck, a two-time World Cup-winning defender with the United States. Her daughter was playing. On a nearby field, sat Steve Smith, a 15-year NFL veteran wide receiver, getting ready to watch his daughter. Later in the day, Chuckie Brown, who spent 13 years in the NBA, would be there to watch his daughter, and Ricky Proehl, a 17-year NFL vet, would be watching his niece.

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Topics: Team Communication, Listening, Coaching

Burnout: Why It's Something To Worry About

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 7, 2017 10:36:00 AM

Burnout is one of those words we choose to use when we feel like exaggerating, or when we need an excuse.

Are you really burned out on a type of food, a television show, or maybe a sport? Or have you just spent an inordinate amount of time on it lately? Does a busy day really burn out kids to the point where they turn down an invitation to a social or sporting event by saying, “No, I’m burned out?” Or they just tired?

Burnout, however, is a real concern among young athletes. It’s cited as the reason kids stop trying, under-perform and quit altogether.

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

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

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