Are You Evolving?

Posted by Tim Nash on Jul 19, 2018 8:05:20 AM


I have an old Sports Illustrated. The cover date is July 4, 1960. Articles teased on the cover are about Bill Veeck, Archie Moore and the US Olympic Trials. But the most interesting part of the magazine is the ads.

Cameras, video recorders, cigarettes, telephones, cigars and a whole lot of alcohol are the most prominent products being advertised, but one Campbell Soup ad caught my eye. It was for “Soup on the Rocks.”

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Gymnast's Focus: "Train, Dominate, Repeat"

Posted by Tim Nash on Jul 11, 2018 11:58:14 AM

Last week, I met a remarkable 14-year-old athlete. Her determination, commitment and attitude toward her sport is remarkable. But it was her focus that really interested me.

Elizabeth Kapitonova is a rhythmic gymnast from Staten Island. She’s without question the best in the U.S. in her age group and will be competing in the youth Olympics this year.

I knew nothing about gymnastics before I was hired to cover the USA Championships. After four days, I know next to nothing, but it’s not hard to spot special athletes, even if you don’t know anything about what they are doing.

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Topics: Youth Sports, Motivation, Goal Setting

How to Avoid Paralysis by Analysis

Posted by Tim Nash on Jul 5, 2018 7:57:08 AM


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

Sports wearables are a multi-billion-dollar industry, thanks mostly to professional sports teams and their desire to gain an edge by getting the most out of each of their players. NBA teams, for example, are using six cameras strategically position to track everything from player movement, speed, distance, player separation and ball possession. They also track how many times a player touched the ball, how many passes he made, how many rebounding opportunities he had, and much more.

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Topics: Sports Performance, Data Science

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

How DRIVN Can Help You Teach Life Lessons

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 18, 2018 12:52:11 PM


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

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Topics: Effective Communication, Goal Setting

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

No Need to Jump to Conclusions Anymore

Posted by Tim Nash on May 31, 2018 8:31:57 AM


So, you have a player who is not performing as well as you’d like, and it’s frustrating. They are among your most talented players, but they just don’t get it done.

You have your own theories as to why, and over time you convince yourself you are right – he’s just lazy, he’s too slow, he’s not aggressive enough.

But what if you are wrong? What if there is a simple explanation that neither you nor the player have considered? What a waste that would be.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, Data Tracking

How Will Your Child Remember Their Time in Youth Sports?

Posted by Tim Nash on May 23, 2018 9:45:32 AM

Old sayings have merit. If they didn’t, people would have stopped repeating them long before they became old sayings.

And the adage that every youth sports coach wants to coach a team full of orphans is certainly grounded in some truth.

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Topics: Youth Sports, Athlete Development, Soccer, 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

Why Kids Get Burned Out

Posted by Tim Nash on May 9, 2018 8:06:08 AM

By Tim Nash

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: Sports Performance, Coaching, wellness