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

Increasing The "Compete Level" On Your Team

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 9, 2018 11:00:00 AM

My team of 13-year-old girls recently had a Christmas Party. First, let me tell you that I am very lucky. My team of middle-schoolers get along very well. They laugh a lot and really enjoy being around each other. And at least for a few hours at a time, they dispel the old saying, “There’s nothing meaner than a middle school girl.”

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Topics: Athlete Development, Athletic Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Sports Performance, Team Chemistry

The Number Of Apps Your Team Needs To Succeed

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 28, 2017 11:08:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Athlete Development, Athletic Performance, Effective Communication, Elite Sports Teams, Mobile Coaching, Sports Performance, Team Chemistry, Team Communication

Time To Toss That Mental Checklist

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM

I coached a girl once who had all kinds of talent. She was adept at dribbling through multiple defenders, and she was clever about it. She was one of those kids who really loved the game and wanted to get better.

But like many players, she hung onto the ball just a little too long. I started talking to her about making better decisions. When she asked me how she could make better decisions, I realized just how stupid I was.

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Topics: Athlete Development, Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Team Chemistry

The Beauty Of Failure And Why You Should Celebrate It

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 31, 2017 11:00:00 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, Effective Communication, Mobile Coaching, Team Chemistry, Team Communication

The Intersection of Sports and Arts

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 24, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Pick a sport, any sport. Now make a mental list of how it pertains to both art and science. Just like your players, one of your lists will most likely be longer than the other.

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Topics: Athlete Development, Athletic Performance, Data Science, Team Chemistry, Team Communication

The Impact Of Quality Team Communication

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM

As a coach, where do your responsibilities end?

Do you, for example, adhere to that line in your organization’s mission statement about teaching life-lessons? You know, the one every youth sports organization touts but seems to forget on the weekend when the score is 1-1.

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Topics: Athlete Development, Effective Communication, Team Communication, Team Chemistry, Quote of the Day

Stop Telling Your Players To Be Accountable

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

One sentence in the Harvard Business Review nailed the way a lot of coaches treat accountability among players on their teams.

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Topics: Team Communication, Effective Communication, Team Chemistry, Athlete Development, Greenwich Football, Goal Setting, Mobile Coaching

The Circle Game: A New Way To Measure Accountability

Posted by Tim Nash on Sep 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Athlete Development, Athletic Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Team Communication, Team Chemistry, Soccer

Why It's Essential To Keep Up With Changing Technology

Posted by Tim Nash on Sep 21, 2017 11:00:00 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 members, a better way comes along.

At DRIVN, we have a better way, and it’s unlikely you will need anything else in the foreseeable future.

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Topics: Effective Communication, Team Chemistry, Team Communication