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: Coaching, Effective Communication, Mobile Coaching, Team Communication

Combining Data and Intuition

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 7, 2018 9:22:55 AM

Seldom does a movie change the way sports are played, but in 2011, Moneyball did just that. Based on the Michael Lewis book of the same name, Moneyball chronicles the Oakland A’s 2003 season, in which the use of data analytics changed the way baseball teams signed, paid and used players.

Like it or not, data analytics is here to stay. Since 2011, data analytics exploded and has grown to accommodate every aspect of sports – from front-office operations, to on-field performances, to injury prevention, to concession sales, to travel and anything else you can think of.

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Topics: Coaching, Mobile Coaching

Go from 'I Am' to 'We Are' in One Simple Step

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 31, 2018 2:09:14 PM

Back in the 90s, I learned about a simple team-building exercise that seems appropriate at this time of the year. Teams that play fall seasons, are entering their playoffs or major tournaments, conference championships, NCAA tournaments. It’s that time of the year, when players are excited, have high expectations and lofty dreams.

They are also wondering if they are good enough, either individually or as a team. Coaches are looking for ways to re-assure them, motivate them and give that extra boost of confidence that could make the difference.

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Topics: Coaching, Team Chemistry, Women's National Team

Are You Keeping Up with Changing Technology

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 25, 2018 10:42:24 AM

Just when you think you have a handle on the most recent technology, it changes. Just when you have almost perfected a method of communicating with your team, a better way comes along.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, Data Tracking

Should We Stop Telling Players to Relax?

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 17, 2018 9:50:19 AM

“Just go out there and relax.”

Most coaches have said that to their team at one point or another, or in some cases before every game. And chances are good that later on you are going to ask those same players to have more intensity.

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Topics: Coaching, Sports Performance, Youth Sports

Elite Athletes Track Their Sleep. Shouldn't You?

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 10, 2018 7:26:37 PM

One of DRIVN’s more popular features is the Trackers, which provides coaches and athletes a way to monitor, record and chart data to help maximize performance.

Are a couple of the team’s athletes more fatigued than the others? Is muscle soreness an issue within the team? Is the stress level higher at one point in the season than others? It’s easy to understand how those factors can be important to the performance of an individual or team.

But what about sleep? The amount of sleep your players are getting is also measured through DRIVN’s trackers. Is sleep really that important?

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Topics: Recovery, Data Science, Sports Performance

Let's Admit When We are Wrong

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 2, 2018 2:35:11 PM

Do you want to really get your team’s attention? Start a pre-game speech with “I made a mistake.”

Players don’t hear those words very often from their coach. When they do, it’s usually followed by “I thought you were better than you are.” What’s wrong with telling your players you were wrong, you made a mistake, screwed things up, and in the end, let them down?

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Topics: Coaching, Soccer, Youth Sports

Be Specific When Setting Goals

Posted by Tim Nash on Sep 26, 2018 8:45:43 AM

You know what’s interesting? Watch a group of 12- and 13-year-old female soccer players go through a goal-setting session.

There was roughly 50 of them in a conference room which was not built with acoustical quality to match the high-pitch decibel level girls can reach. Once they quieted down, however, they were (mostly) all business.

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Topics: Goal Setting, Athlete Development

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: wellness, Coaching, Athlete Development

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