Attitudes are Contagious; Catch a Good One

Posted by Tim Nash on Sep 19, 2018 11:42:06 AM

Researching mental skills of elite athletes prodcues several qualities associated with psychologically strong athletes.

Confidence, ability to manage emotions, self-motivation, use of imagery, and the ability to focus.

And one of the most valuable qualities is the ability to maintain a positive attitude. Is attitude something that separates the mediocre players from the great ones? Alone, no. Combined with other positive qualities, yes.

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Topics: Athlete Development, Coaching, wellness

Lawnmower Parents Hurt Player Development

Posted by Tim Nash on Sep 12, 2018 10:38:19 AM

You’ve heard of Helicopter Parents, right? If not, they are the parents that hover over their children to the point of smothering.

These parents are common in sports. They are in near-constant contact with the coach, they pack and carry their kid’s bag, and they never have to tell their child to remember something because they’ve already taken care of it.

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Topics: Youth Sports, Sports Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Coaching

Time for Improvement

Posted by Tim Nash on Sep 5, 2018 9:49:20 AM

For a lot of teams, the season is just getting underway. You’ve probably played a game or two, maybe more, and your performance falls into one of three categories.

  • You were good, but there’s room for improvement.
  • You were okay and need to improve in several areas.
  • You were horrible and need to get better fast.
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Topics: training, Athlete Development, Coaching

Helping Athletes with Confidence

Posted by Tim Nash on Aug 30, 2018 9:59:27 AM

“It’s a chicken and egg thing.” That’s the way confidence was explained to me once.

Which comes first? Is a particular athlete confident because they played well, or did they play well because they were confident? The answer differs from athlete to athlete, of course. And with young athletes, the level – or the existence – of confidence can differ from day to day.

Ask most players when they are confident on the field, and the answer will be “When I play well.” Okay, now ask them for reasons why they play well, and they will say, “When I am confident.”

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Coaching

Is Your Communication An Illusion

Posted by Tim Nash on Aug 23, 2018 11:26:21 AM

George Bernard Shaw was right.

And not just because he said, “Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.” The quote I really like is this one: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Effective Communication, Coaching

There's No Success Without Failure

Posted by Tim Nash on Aug 16, 2018 8:25:22 AM

How did you fail today?

Ask your players that question. It can be a useful and entertaining exercise. It might take a while for some players to open up and admit their mistakes, minor humiliations, and embarrassing moments. And you might have to admit a failure of your own to get things rolling.

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Topics: Athlete Development, Coaching

They Are Fit, But Are They Fresh?

Posted by Tim Nash on Aug 8, 2018 10:22:31 AM

For many teams in many sports, it’s pre-season time again. Coaches are realizing the despite all their pleading and warnings, their players are not at fit as they should be.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, Data Tracking

Circling in on Dominance

Posted by Tim Nash on Aug 2, 2018 12:13:56 PM


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.

The exercise is very simple, yet very effective. DiCicco drew the team’s formation on a whiteboard and asked a player from each position to come up and circle the area for which they felt they were responsible.

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Topics: Youth Sports, Coaching

What Did You Do Today to Reach Your Goal

Posted by Tim Nash on Jul 24, 2018 10:27:34 AM

I know a coach who likes to ask players a question at random times. The coach walks up to a player and asks, “What did you do today to reach your goal?”

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Topics: Coaching, Goal Setting

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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