Tim Nash

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Goal-Setting for Young Athletes

Posted by Tim Nash on Mar 14, 2019 8:14:42 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 toughly 50 of them in a conference room which was not built with acoustical quality to match the high-pitch decibel level girls that age can reach. Once they quieted down, there were (mostly) all business.

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Topics: Youth Sports, Coaching, Goal Setting

Re-storing Confidence in Your Players

Posted by Tim Nash on Mar 7, 2019 11:49:13 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.

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Topics: Youth Sports, Motivation, Coaching

Fresh Brains Make a Difference

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 28, 2019 7:54:57 AM

Does any of this sound familiar?

During training, a player or two seem to be wandering around in a fog. They seem clueless as to what’s going on around them. The ball sneaks up on them, surprising them to the point where you are not sure if that was their first touch or a one-timed shot.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, wellness

Can Fools Be Successful?

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 21, 2019 8:26:53 AM

There’s an economic term I’ve been thinking about lately, and the more I think about it, the more parallels I see to athletics and athletic achievement.

The term is “The Greater Fool.” In economics, the Greater Fool theory says, “the price of an object is determined not by its intrinsic value, but rather by irrational beliefs and expectations of market participants.” The Greater Fool buys long and sells short. Economies need Greater Fools in order for others to profit.

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Topics: Sports Performance, Coaching, Goal Setting

Monitoring Concussion Recovery

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 14, 2019 9:33:24 AM

There’s this girl who was on one of my teams, good little player, great kid, always happy and ready to play. She’s a bit of a crash-test dummy, though. She goes hard and doesn’t back down and not just on the soccer field. She’s had knee surgery, a broken leg, broken arm, and I’m sure other injuries I don’t know about.

She doesn’t play anymore because she has had multiple concussions. She’s 13. One of the concussions, believe it or not, was suffered while doing homework. She leaned back in her chair, tipped over and hit her head.

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Topics: Youth Sports, wellness, Injury Prevention

Reaction Time is Trained by Experiences

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 7, 2019 8:47:35 AM

So I have this great book that I pull out every once in a while. It’s called Sports Illustrated; Fifty Years of Great Writing.

I picked it up the other day and opened it o an old article about Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher and world-famous malaprop philosopher. Famous quotes attributed to Berra are somewhere between idiotic and genius. “No one goes there anymore. It's too crowded” … “Be careful if you don’t know where your going. You might not get there,” and “The Future ain’t what it used to be.”

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Topics: training, Athlete Development, Coaching

Championships Are Not Accidents

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 31, 2019 8:30:34 AM

The other night, I went to a banquet. It was an induction ceremony for the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame, and two North Carolina based teams that won national championships were being honored. One was the Greensboro United U15 girls team that won the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup in 2011. The other was the Duke University 1986 NCAA championship team.

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Topics: Elite Sports Teams, Coaching, Goal Setting

Avoiding Burnout

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 24, 2019 8:02:50 AM

At some point during the season, burnout will most likely become an issue for your team. It seems to make sense to talk about it now, rather than later when it is too late to head it off before it pops up.

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Topics: wellness, Goal Setting

Tired Brains Equal Poor Performances

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 17, 2019 8:38:07 AM

 

Does any of this sound familiar?

During training, a player or two seem to be wandering around in a fog. They seem clueless as to what’s going on around them. The ball sneaks up on them, surprising them to the point where you are not sure if that was their first touch or a one-timed shot.

Or during a game, you notice you’ve used the word “focus” a record number of times, and the more you say it, the more it sounds like you are begging and pleading. The mistakes your players are making are baffling. You’re sure they know better, and you’re at a loss to understand what in the world they are doing.

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How to Eliminate Whining Within Your Team

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 10, 2019 8:24:31 AM

I know a guy who watched the movie “Silence of the Lambs” and came away with an admiration for the murderous, cannibalistic villain Hannibal Lecter because, “He didn’t whine about his situation in life.”

When Hannibal Lecter is better than whining, you must really despise whining.

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Topics: Sports Performance, Effective Communication, Coaching