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"
Coach DeKoyer had two voices, loud and louder, I would bet money that the man was kicked out of a few libraries in his life. Now while Coach D was loud, he was not mean, if anything, he was kind of gentle. He was a living breathing dichotomy, he was a loud and brash football coach, but at […]Read more "Coach Leadership"
1. http://www.afca.com/ – This is the main organization for football coaches, many division I football coaches belong to it so the quality of the information is quite high. 2. http://espn.go.com/nfl/ – This is my main place for football news as nothing relevant happens in the NFL without ESPN reporting it. 3. http://www.footballdrills.com/ – This is a great website for finding drills to […]Read more "Coaching Websites"
One issue that I think was went over too quickly was safety in high school sports, in contact sports (specifically hockey and football) concussions are an epidemic. The majority of coaches do not know how to properly diagnose concussions, and there are many teams who are unable to afford qualified athletic trainers which leads to […]Read more "Reflections from class"