Are Your Leaders Leading?

Posted by Tim Nash on Apr 4, 2018 8:41:41 AM

The hiring process in a business is pretty clear-cut. There’s an opening that requires a certain set of skills. Qualified candidates apply, and the person deemed capable of doing the best job gets the position.

In youth sports organizations, the process can be upside-down at times. When a club needs a coach, the search begins. The club tries to get the best coach available. Adding non-coaching duties to a job description is a common way for clubs to increase the salary of quality coaches.

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Topics: Coaching, Soccer, Youth Sports

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

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: Coaching, Effective Communication, Youth Sports, Team Communication

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

What If Player Development Was Your Only Job?

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 6, 2018 11:53:33 AM

Every youth soccer club will tout player development as the cornerstone of everything it does.

But making player development the top priority rarely happens. In many cases, the club is exaggerating its commitment to player development. In most cases, they are wishing it was true but not doing a lot to make it happen.

There are a lot of reasons, of course. But one in particular is especially frustrating in youth soccer, and that’s when winning games is more important to the coach.

Coaches endure an internal argument between their naturally competitive impulses and the desire to do right by the players. Too many times, when the competitive beats development.

That’s why Noel Gillespie’s job is so interesting.

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Topics: Coaching, Athlete Development, Athletic Performance, Youth Sports

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

How To Teach Life Lessons To Your Youth Athletes

Posted by Tim Nash on May 18, 2017 10:42:13 AM

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 and off the field, and here’s how DRIVN help coaches teach their athletes life lessons.

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Topics: Team Communication, Youth Sports