Get to know the athlete on a personal level, find out what makes them tick. If you see a normally high effort guy dogging it during practice, pull him aside and see what’s on his mind. Find out why they play the sport in the first place, are they playing for glory and girls, are […]Read more "How to show your athlete that you care about them as a person"
Specialization with pre-pubescent kids is something I am firmly against. Everything I have learned about coaching in my life so far goes against having a kid specialize before he/she knows what their fully matured body will be like. While this example is unlikely, let’s say a boy specialized in gymnastics, but ends up being 6’6″ with […]Read more "Reflection on Sampling vs. Specialization"
In middle school, we often played against teams that were, physically, much smaller than our team. I played fullback on my team, so I loved to just plow through our opponents, but when we faced teams that were physically larger than we were, I would maybe lose a bit of confidence in my ability to […]Read more "Reflection on Gould Article"