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Teams Win Championships: A Case Study

Players win games, teams win championships. To me that phrase means that individuals have great statistics in sports, but it takes a group of people working together in order to achieve greatness when faced with other groups of people that want to accomplish the same thing. Two seasons with one of my basketball teams were a great study in this. The same players were on both teams, but in 2016 the team lost every game and finished last. In 2017...

Strength and Conditioning: Not Group Personal Training!

We often say that strength and conditioning for athletes is about more than just working out. This is what often makes entry into the field of strength and conditioning coaching difficult for many people. This is because many sports operate in a team environment. In that setting, a solid strength and conditioning program is key in helping to develop and reinforce that team’s culture.   There are a number of ways that a good strength and conditioning program accomplishes this....

A Rant On Accountability And Sports

One of the great values of sports is that they have the potential to teach accountability. This is one of the most difficult things to incorporate into coaching. It’s also one of the things that makes young people quit sports at an early age.   Accountability is extremely important to functioning in the adult world and there are an awful lot of people who don’t have this capability. I can use a lot of adjectives and phrases to describe someone...

Giving back: a rant

Sports, whether you are a coach or an athlete, are an extremely demanding activity. In fact, it’s consuming! It has to be in order for one to be successful. An athlete practices, travels, and competes. A serious athlete studies the sport, studies opponents as well as his/her own performance, eats for performance, sleeps for performance, etc.   For a coach, it’s even worse. The coach has to be an expert on the aspect of the sport that they coach, they...

Do More Than Stand There In Basketball

When I’m coaching basketball, I find it challenging to teach players the kind of speed that great offensive basketball requires. When it comes to basketball; players understand getting the ball to the open man, they understand the fact that the coach wants them in a certain position on the court, they may understand that they have a “role” in the offense, and they may understand the plays.   What is challenging for players, except for those that are truly gifted,...