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To Cut or Not to Cut – That is the Question

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This post and the next couple of posts are excerpts from some of my coaching booklets. I have a special going on for the holidays on bundles of all 6 of my booklets in either hard copy or eBook format, so I thought I would give you a glimpse into some of them. Today’s post is from my booklet “Playing Time: Guidelines for Coaches, Athletes, & Parents.” This post is […]

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Creating Team & Program Policies

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This post and the next few posts you will see are excerpts from some of my coaching booklets. I have a special going on for the holidays on bundles of all 6 of my booklets in either hard copy or eBook format, so I thought I would give you a glimpse into some of them. Today’s post is from the first section of my booklet, “Team & Program Policies: Elements […]

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Thank

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**While Thanksgiving isn’t until next week, I decided that since I send these posts out to my email list on Fridays, I would do this post a week early, so it is out before Thanksgiving instead of the day after. This post actually comes from my AD & Coaches’ Newsletters for November. I send those newsletters out to athletic directors each month for them to forward on to their coaches, athletes, […]

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The Power of Pronouns with Teams

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While the title of this post may sound like you will be receiving a grammar lesson, that is not what is happening here. Today I want to talk about the power of coaches and players using the right pronouns when discussing various elements with their teams. Let’s make sure everyone understands what a pronoun is and does. (Okay, I guess there actually WILL be a grammar lesson here, but I […]

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“Unlucky!”

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*Note* – This post is meant to be part tongue-in-cheek, part light-hearted, and part take-a-look-at-the-situation-and-see-if-you-don’t-agree-with-me discussion about a minor pet peeve of mine. To all my non-soccer friends out there, bear with me on this one. While it is soccer-specific with regards to the situation described, it works for all sports in terms of how we treat players’ mistakes. To all my soccer friends out there, please understand I am […]

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Failure IS an Option!

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The 1995 movie Apollo 13 is about the ill-fated NASA mission that saw an explosion aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft cause the mission’s goal of landing on the moon to be aborted. As the NASA crew back home realizes the severity of the dilemma that the astronauts aboard the ship are in, they start scrambling to figure out how to get the crew back home alive. The movie is a […]

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Transform

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*Note* This post comes from a newsletter called “The Coaches’ Newsletter” that I send out each month to athletic directors, who in turn forward it on to their coaches. I also send them a newsletter called “The AD Newsletter” to put into their school’s newsletter for parents and students. This year I am focusing on a different verb each month that is somewhat appropriate for that month. For August the […]

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How TO Lead – A Follow-Up to the “How NOT to Lead” Series

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Over the last month, I wrote a series of posts called, “How Not to Lead.” In it, I outlined 15 things that a person in a leadership position over a friend of mine did that were absolute “no-nos” for behaviors for leaders. Following is that list of 15 points: Don’t Establish Relationships with the Members of Your Team Don’t Connect with Your People on a Regular Basis Don’t Be Friendly […]

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When Heroes Fall

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n(Photo by Adam Glanzman) Last week the University of Louisville Head Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Pitino was put on unpaid leave after a “pay-for-play” type of scandal involving a recruit, as well as recruits and assistant coaches at other schools and various other people. This is also the third major scandal to rock Pitino’s program in the last few years. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame […]

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How Not to Lead #5 – The Final 3 No-Nos

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This is the fifth and final post in my series on “How Not to Lead.” In the first four posts, I covered the first twelve points of 15 points that I have come up with on this concept. Today, I bring you the final 3 points on this list. If you did not see any of the first four posts, you can check them out by clicking the right one […]