We talk a lot about having our athletes get out of their
comfort zones to move forward and progress. How about us? As coaches we all
have our comfort zones. Some of us are good in certain areas. Some of us can
prepare an athlete for a...
Start with a clear picture of the finished puzzle, the picture
on the cover of the box. What do want the athlete to look like physically and
performance wise at the end of the training program? Keep this picture in mind
all the time. ...
Movement is quite simple and from that wonderful simplicity
comes the complexity of sports skill and performance. Twenty-five years ago in
an attempt to better explain movement and how we should effectively train
movement I came up wi...
The missing link in today’s coaching is pedagogy. Webster’s
defines Pedagogy as: the art, science, or profession of teaching. The term
generally refers to strategies of instruction, or a style of instruction. My
generation of coaches ...
Lets not fool ourselves to get better you have to do the
work, that is a given. Make no mistake that everyone who achieves at a high
level does the work. All that being said just doing the work is not enough, anyone
can work it ...
It is interesting to listen to coach’s talk about what they see when observing movement. Are they really seeing what they think they see? Human vision is incredibly acute and at the same time fundamentally flawed. The longer I coach the ...
Regardless of the message you have a very small window to
communicate the message in a meaningful way so that the person receiving the
message with get it. I was reminded of this this morning at mass when the priest missed
a golden op...
A couple of days ago one of my former White Sox players now
beginning his career as a manager in the Orioles Minor League system posted a
picture of himself sitting on the front seat of the bus, a traditional place
for the head coach ...
Have you ever noticed how athletes and coaches who are successful
seem to find a way to get the job done? Winners find a way to win; where others
see obstacles they see opportunity. They just seem to have a different
worldview; they h...
The key to successful coaching is planning. The more detailed
the planning the better. For me Sunday has always been the day for planning. It
has been this way for 44 years, it has almost become a ritual, and certainly it
is part of m...