Intangibles

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Randall McDaniel A Special Contribution by The Academy for Sport Leadership  www.sportleadership.com Several years ago, after a winter vacation in the Southwest, my husband and I boarded a plane in Phoenix, headed home to Minnesota. As we neared our assigned row, a large man stepped out into the aisle to let us get settled. In those close quarters, ...

The (W)inner Game This article was written and submitted to me by Björn Galjaardt. The article has application to coaching regardless of the sport that you coach. With a flirt to water polo… Who didn’t hear about Vince Lombardi’s quote; ‘Winning is not everything, but the will to win is’? Months or years of effort to achieve a certain goal, fueled ...

Tending the Mental Garden This article was provided by Training-Conditioning By Tone Lanzillo Tone Lanzillo is a mental skills coach to athletes. He works with athletes in such sports as softball, boxing, field hockey, football, soccer, basketball and lacrosse and writes for FirstDown Playbook, Coaches Training Room, Ultimate Hockey Source, Lax Playbook, Online Soccer Coaching, World of Basketball, Lacrosse All-Stars, Coaches Clipboard ...

Mental Conditioning for a Championship Mindset Nesby Glasgow Director of Football Education for Advanced Sports technology This presentation by Nesby Glascow states that anything is possible and it begins with mental toughness and the psychological edge that enables a person to cope better than their opponents with the many demands that are placed on competition and in life as explained by Mr. ...

10 Tips to help Control Your Emotions – Part 2 This article was provided by Inner Drive and is part 2 of a two part series. You can click here to read part 1 Are our emotions something that help us when it comes to sport, or do they hold us back? The answer? Both. Learning how to balance and control your emotions is what matters. In our first ...

Mental Rehearsal: Part of Practice Do you want to help the athletes become more confident and self-assured when they find themselves in different game-time situations? Do you want them make better decisions? Perform at a higher level? Learn how to teach your players visualization or mental rehearsal. This article was provided by Coaches Network By Anthony Lanzillo When you are coaching athletes, it’s very ...

10 Tips to help Control Your Emotions This article was provided by InnerDrive, is part 1 of a two part post. What does it take to really excel in the world of elite sport? The ability to deliver your best when it matters the most is a fundamental part of performing under pressure. Can this ability be taught, learned and developed? We have previously ...

How to Perform Under Pressure This article was provided by InnerDrive, a mental skills training company What is the hallmark of a champion? Big players perform their best in big matches and at the most important competitions. Think the likes of Tom Brady at Super Bowl 2017 and Laura Kenny at London 2012 and Rio 2016. But what do these type ...

The Extra Mile By John O’Sullivan, founder of  Changing the Game Project This article is written to athletes. It is something you can share with them to help motivate them to set their goals high. The extra mile is a lonely place, but it is the only path to greatness. There are no fans lining that mile. No cameras. No bright lights. Most ...

3 Inspirational Poems Little Eyes Author Unknown There are little eyes upon you And they’re watching night and day; There are little ears that quickly Take in every word you say; There are little hands all eager To do anything you do; And a little boy who’s dreaming Of the day he’ll be like you. You’re the little fellow’s idol, You’re the wisest of the wise. In his little mind ...

Maturity Is… Here are a couple of articles I like to include each year in our player’s notebooks. I also think that these qualities or any mental or intangible qualities you are looking to instill in your players must be a part of your improvement season or out of games season workouts or practices. A certain amount of ...

Player Expectations PURPOSE Football Character & Leadership Academy seeks to create positive change on our team, in our school, in our families, and in our community through: Educating our athletes about living with exceptional moral value Building strong leadership qualities in our athletes Helping our athletes create a personal leadership philosophy Practical implementation of what they are learning through projects, group work, ...

14 Ways Our Athletes Can Build Their Mental Strength The following post was written by Coach Dawn Redd-Kelly and originally published on her coaching blog, Coach Dawn Writes Coaches ask for a simple, but very hard, thing from our athletes: complete focus for a couple of hours each day. I think this is a difficult mental task for our players to manage…I also think it ...

Staying Tough in the Clutch Every coach would like their players to perform better in the clutch. One of the things we must first recognize that performing in pressure situation is a skill that can be practiced. As coaches we can help them if we embrace some of the many things that we have learned in the field of sports ...

Personality Traits of Successful Athletes You probably don’t agree with all of these and would change the wording on some of them, but my hope is that this stimulates your thinking on how you can more clearly define and list for your athletes what you feel leads to success. We all have our own definition of success. I like John Wooden’s ...

Winning is Giving Winning is giving your best self away Winning is serving with grace every day You’ll know that you’ve won when your friends say it’s true. “I like who I am when I’m around you. You look for the best in the others you see And you help us become who we’re trying to be.” Winning is helping someone who’s down It’s sharing ...

The Quiz   See how your team does on this quiz… 1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. 2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. 3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest. 4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize. 5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for Best Actor ...

Being a Great Teammate This post was originally posted on Coach Starkey’s Coaching Blog Hoop Thoughts. Even though it was posted by a basketball coach, I think there are great messages in the post that you can share with your players to make a difference in your football program. WE CAN ALL BE GREAT TEAMMATES Bob Starkey, Assistant Coach Texas A&M Women. You ...

Notebook of Champions Today, I am posting some resources to use as handouts or presentations for your athletes. The bullet points in the post are taken from Ryan Renquist’s “The Notebook of Champions” Building Success One Victory at a Time (Eighth Edition) for his team at Walsh High School in Walsh, Colorado. I have also included a download link at ...

Concepts For Creating Success   Steve Axman via Coaches Choice Football Coaching Library Success, in a basic form, is the systematic, progressive, and quantitative achievement or accomplishment of a goal or goals. The concept of goal represents something that you want, or need, your program to do or have. The systematic, progressive, and quantitative achievement or accomplishment of a goal is represented by ...

Being and Developing Mentor Leaders I just finished reading “The Mentor Leader” by Tony Dungy. I have listed some of my takeaways in this post. If you are interested in finding out more about the book or reading a sample, you can do so on the Amazon web site by clicking on the book cover on the left. The Colts placed character ...

37 Thoughts Your Players Must Hear   I hope that there are several thoughts here that you can either use or give some thought to and tweak so that they become your won and fit what your athletes need to hear. Toughness is a skill and can be practiced and improved like all other skills. You should always want your coach to be critical. ...

Coaching Football: Motivation Tom Olivadotti via Coaches Choice Football Coaching Library The motivation of an athlete is probably the most discussed, disputed, and intangible topic in sports. Coaches could only wish that they had a “magic wand” that could motivate each of their athletes. Arguably, however, motivation must come from the “inside/out,” not the “outside/in.” In other words, a baseline or starting ...

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do I am always looking for mental toughness resources and just finished reading the Book “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.” The lessons are applicable to all areas of living a happy and successful life, including athletics. A blog post on the was the precursor to the book has some thoughts on mental toughness for ...

Training Physical & Mental Toughness Dr. Pat Ivey, Missouri. Former Director of Athletic Performance. Dr. Ivey is currently the Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Access and Leadership Development, Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at Missouri. Dr. Ivey begins his presentation discussing his mental toughness class for football players and integrating the classroom and on field performance in building mental toughness and success with ...

Mental Toughness and Excuses   Brian Williams, The Football Toolbox In my opinion, one of the most important life lessons coaches can teach their athletes is the lesson of refusing to make or accept excuses. I have assembled some quotes in this article that I hope will help as you work with your athletes to eliminate the use of excuses in ...

Mental Toughness and Clutch Performance These thoughts on clutch performance are from Spencer Wood Icebox Athlete Sports Performance Resources. Click that link to see his Mental Toughness Edge website. There are some articles on mental training and other resources as well. According to a study based on professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, and NHL, the following eight traits were found ...

The 4 C’s of Peak Performance These thoughts on clutch performance are from Spencer Wood Icebox Sports Performance Resources. Click the link below to see his Mental Toughness Edge website. There are some articles on mental training and other resources as well. Mental Toughness Edge Developing a Mental Skills & Toughness Training Plan of Action By Spencer Wood Ask any athlete, coach or sports fan ...

Great by Choice Paul Golla, Head Football Coach, Bakersfield, California Understanding Maslow’s Hiearchy to Improve Your Teams Performance – Physiological Needs Coach Golla a very successful coach in California starts his presentation off by discussing the background in the lives of American students and that life offers no guarantees but, it does off strategies for managing the odds, deeds, and ...

Before You Give Up…   Something to take bits and pieces from to share with your players or for youself. I found this on Lynne Terry’s ClickNewz blog. She had seen it several places before posting it. Starting today… 1. Give up trying to be perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done. 2. Give up ...

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