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: Coaching, Effective Communication, Sports Performance

How Do You Measure Success?

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 27, 2018 8:59:36 AM

Were you successful? We seem to answer that question too easily. For many parents, players and coaches, the answer is found in wins and losses. If you scored more points than your opponent, you were successful. If your team has more wins than losses at the end of the season, you succeeded.

That’s just how we measure stuff like success. But should we? There’s a lot more to success than wins and losses. And that’s not just a way to make people on the losing side feel better about themselves. An article in Psychology Today points out the way we measure success should be much more complicated than it is.

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Topics: Goal Setting, Sports Performance, Coaching

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

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

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: Coaching, Sports Performance, Athletic Performance

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: Data Science, Sports Performance

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: wellness, Coaching, Sports Performance

Stop Guessing And Start Tracking

Posted by Tim Nash on Mar 29, 2018 9:14:00 AM

One of the best questions you can ever ask is “Are there any questions I didn’t ask that I should have?” After all, you want to be sure you get all the information you need, right?

Asking questions is an art form and an essential part of problem-solving, which as you surely know is one of a coach’s most important jobs.

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Athlete Development, Elite Sports Teams, Mobile Coaching, Sports Performance

Coaches Who Yell Haven't Prepared Their Players

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 13, 2018 11:46:14 AM

A mom once told me that her daughter performs best when she is yelled at by the coach.

I told her, “Well, I won’t be doing that.”

She went on to give some examples of coaches who yelled at her and how it seemed to work, or something like that. I wasn’t really listening. My mind was occupied imagining what a miserable experience this girl must be having with soccer.

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Topics: Coaching, Listening, Effective Communication, Athlete Development, Sports Performance, Youth Sports, Elite Sports Teams