Athletic competitions, when you get right down to it, consist of a series of problems or puzzles. The coach’s job is to be sure the athlete has enough tools to solve every problem and to teach the player how and when to use them.
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?
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.
Earlier this week, the 14U girls soccer team I coach had a very unique experience. Lauren Gregg, who served as the assistant coach with the U.S. women’s national team for 12 years, trained them.
Naturally, any time your team can have access to a high-level coach, your players are going to get a lot out of it. But the experience for the girls – and for me -- was even better than I thought it would be.
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.
There are 3.3 million apps in the Google Play store, and there’s probably that many people in the world with an idea for another one.
The question is, how many apps do you need to make your team or organization more efficient? The good news is the answer is one.
DRIVN is uniquely qualified to do everything a team needs. For a sample of what it can do, watch a six-minute video.
There’s a simple reason why DRIVN is the only piece of technology you need.
I coach girls soccer. The girls I am currently coaching are between 13 and 15, so the following sentence from a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) certainly caught my eye.
The study found that “Among teenage athletes, the rate of ACL tears is rising, with the sharpest increase seen in females aged 13-17 who, over the last 13 years, have experienced a 59 percent increase in the number of required reconstruction procedures.”
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.
Do you, as a coach, really know how your players are feeling? Do your players really understand the factors that affect their performance?
They tell you they are fine, but they aren’t playing as well you know they can. So how can you be sure?
DRIVN users have found the questionnaire feature to be a very valuable tool in obtaining the information needed to help athletes achieve a consistently high level of performance.
The latest consensus in the debate about kids playing multiple sports seems to be trending toward it being a good idea.
It’s quite common to see young athletes – especially at the middle and high school ages – playing more than one sport in the same season. They play a school sport after school and rush to their club practice at night.
We are not going to add to the debate here and contribute our opinions on whether it is good or bad, right or wrong. Instead, we want to talk about the inevitable consequences – issues arising from overuse.