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PLAYERS AREN’T THE ONLY ONES WHO NEED TO BE WHO THEY ARE

As coaches, we often talk about the importance of our players being who they are and doing what they do. We want them to use their gifts, play with their personalities, and not try to be someone else. Players who truly know themselves have the best chan...

As coaches, we often talk about the importance of our players being who they are and doing what they do. We want them to use their gifts, play with their personalities, and not try to be someone else. Players who truly know themselves have the best chan...

YOUR PLAYERS’ GROWTH MIGHT JUST LIE WITH THEM GROWING UP

Most coaches at one point or another have likely uttered at least one if not more of the aforementioned phrases when discussing one of their players. I am guilty of this on numerous occasions myself. It is a completely natural thing for coaches to get ...

Most coaches at one point or another have likely uttered at least one if not more of the aforementioned phrases when discussing one of their players. I am guilty of this on numerous occasions myself. It is a completely natural thing for coaches to get ...

WHAT ARE YOU REALLY SHOWCASING?

The recruiting rat race. It’s an annual rite of passage every summer and fall for college coaches across the country. From Division I powerhouse programs looking for players to help punch their next ticket to Omaha, to Division III schools needing dud...

The recruiting rat race. It’s an annual rite of passage every summer and fall for college coaches across the country. From Division I powerhouse programs looking for players to help punch their next ticket to Omaha, to Division III schools needing dud...

SAVING THE MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE FROM EXTINCTION

Much has been made of late about the topic of sport-specialization, with many athletes (with a strong push from their “personal coaches” and misguided parents) deciding to focus on one sport way earlier than we’ve ever seen; often times far sooner than ...

Much has been made of late about the topic of sport-specialization, with many athletes (with a strong push from their “personal coaches” and misguided parents) deciding to focus on one sport way earlier than we’ve ever seen; often times far sooner than ...

SEPARATING YOURSELF IN THE SUMMER

Today is August 4th. Here in Greenville, South Carolina, we are 110 games into our South Atlantic League season, still with 30 to go… plus hopefully another couple of weeks of playoff baseball after punching our post-season ticket by winning the first ...

Today is August 4th. Here in Greenville, South Carolina, we are 110 games into our South Atlantic League season, still with 30 to go… plus hopefully another couple of weeks of playoff baseball after punching our post-season ticket by winning the first ...

DISCIPLINING IS NOT DISSING

Players are human, even the ones with super-human talent. And just like a parent would when their own child screws up, it is a coach’s responsibility to address his players’ mishaps. Often times, in a practice or game environment, a coach steps in wit...

Players are human, even the ones with super-human talent. And just like a parent would when their own child screws up, it is a coach’s responsibility to address his players’ mishaps. Often times, in a practice or game environment, a coach steps in wit...

BE WHO YOU WANT YOUR TEAM TO BE

The first few weeks of practice for any team in any sport are vital in creating and establishing your club’s identity. The weeks leading up to those first few weeks of practice are the optimal time for coaching staffs to sit down and collectively answer...

The first few weeks of practice for any team in any sport are vital in creating and establishing your club’s identity. The weeks leading up to those first few weeks of practice are the optimal time for coaching staffs to sit down and collectively answer...

PLAY LESS, LOVE MORE

Major Leaguers have always been the poster example. Their every move followed, from how they swing the bat or throw a ball, to how they wear their uniform or walk up to the plate. Since they are at a level of the game that little leaguers dream and high...

Major Leaguers have always been the poster example. Their every move followed, from how they swing the bat or throw a ball, to how they wear their uniform or walk up to the plate. Since they are at a level of the game that little leaguers dream and high...

UNIFYING LEADERSHIP

In the coming weeks and months, teams for all sports and all seasons will begin to take shape. Experienced upperclassmen will return to college campuses and high school grounds just as wide-eyed newcomers will have no idea what they are in for. At som...

In the coming weeks and months, teams for all sports and all seasons will begin to take shape. Experienced upperclassmen will return to college campuses and high school grounds just as wide-eyed newcomers will have no idea what they are in for. At som...

ORGANIZE TO MAXIMIZE

We may have the fortune of living our entire lives without ever going hungry. We may be blessed to never have to struggle with our finances. We may not go a single day worrying about where we are going to sleep. But every single one of us at one point...

We may have the fortune of living our entire lives without ever going hungry. We may be blessed to never have to struggle with our finances. We may not go a single day worrying about where we are going to sleep. But every single one of us at one point...

CONTROL THE CONTROLLABLES

With every January 1st comes a new year, a clean slate, and a fresh optimism for the future. In the baseball world, New Year’s Day often marks the final stretch of the off-season before we all head back on to the diamond, with the start of school pract...

With every January 1st comes a new year, a clean slate, and a fresh optimism for the future. In the baseball world, New Year’s Day often marks the final stretch of the off-season before we all head back on to the diamond, with the start of school pract...

LITTLE THINGS MAKE FOR BIG WINS

Every June, this quaint Midwestern city becomes the pinnacle of the college baseball world when it hosts the College World Series. Every February, it is the destination for all 298 NCAA Division One baseball teams. It is the goal. But out of those 29...

Every June, this quaint Midwestern city becomes the pinnacle of the college baseball world when it hosts the College World Series. Every February, it is the destination for all 298 NCAA Division One baseball teams. It is the goal. But out of those 29...

LOVE TO PRACTICE

Picture this… It’s a hot summer day, and you just finished mowing the lawn and washing the car. With sweat still dripping down your forehead, you head into the man cave, and sit down on your favorite recliner to the relaxing feeling of “AAAHHHHHH” from...

Picture this… It’s a hot summer day, and you just finished mowing the lawn and washing the car. With sweat still dripping down your forehead, you head into the man cave, and sit down on your favorite recliner to the relaxing feeling of “AAAHHHHHH” from...

COACH TO WIN LIFE, NOT GAMES

In March of 2019, a legend was laid to rest. A legend whose impact goes far beyond words; a legend who, through countless others, has impacted people he never even had a chance to meet. A few years ago, a friend of mine had a pretty p...

In March of 2019, a legend was laid to rest. A legend whose impact goes far beyond words; a legend who, through countless others, has impacted people he never even had a chance to meet. A few years ago, a friend of mine had a pretty p...

EVERY PLAYER ON YOUR TEAM IS SIGNIFICANT TO YOUR TEAM

Late every fall, Anson Dorrance, the legendary Head Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a tradition within his storied program as his team closes out their season, usually in pursuit of a National...

Late every fall, Anson Dorrance, the legendary Head Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a tradition within his storied program as his team closes out their season, usually in pursuit of a National...

USING TWITTER AS A TEACHER

With the baseball off-season finally upon us, it is that sad, but necessary time to put down the ball and glove and allow our bodies and minds to recharge as we get away from the game for a bit. Whether it be playing...

With the baseball off-season finally upon us, it is that sad, but necessary time to put down the ball and glove and allow our bodies and minds to recharge as we get away from the game for a bit. Whether it be playing...

EMBRACE EACH INDIVIDUAL PLAYER'S INDIVIDUALITY

Every spring training, MLB Network runs their annual show, 30 Clubs in 30 Days, previewing each team’s season while highlighting some of its best players. When the production crew hit Angels camp in Arizona this past winter, Sean Casey got in the batter...

Every spring training, MLB Network runs their annual show, 30 Clubs in 30 Days, previewing each team’s season while highlighting some of its best players. When the production crew hit Angels camp in Arizona this past winter, Sean Casey got in the batter...

TAKE THE TROPHY AWAY FROM THE TROPHY GENERATION

In the summer of 2015, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison became a hero to countless coaches across all sports when he told the world how he returned two trophies that were given to his sons for doing absolutely nothing other ...

In the summer of 2015, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison became a hero to countless coaches across all sports when he told the world how he returned two trophies that were given to his sons for doing absolutely nothing other ...

TEAMS PLAY LIKE THEY PRACTICE.

Coaches have an impact in so many different ways. We can help people develop into better players on the field, and conversely, we can help turn players into better people off of it. We can create an environment that guys want to be ...

Coaches have an impact in so many different ways. We can help people develop into better players on the field, and conversely, we can help turn players into better people off of it. We can create an environment that guys want to be ...

IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT THE PLAYER

In life, all anyone wants is to be heard by others. Coaching is a platform that gives us a voice. A voice that people listen to. Our goal should be to get our players to WANT to listen, as opposed making them feel like they HAVE to listen. Sports teach ...

In life, all anyone wants is to be heard by others. Coaching is a platform that gives us a voice. A voice that people listen to. Our goal should be to get our players to WANT to listen, as opposed making them feel like they HAVE to listen. Sports teach ...

COACH WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT THE WIN OR LOSS.

Every year in the middle of February, Spring Training facilities in Florida and Arizona all have a buzz of excitement for the upcoming baseball season. Major League stars are getting ready for the grind, minor league guys are found on back fields honing...

Every year in the middle of February, Spring Training facilities in Florida and Arizona all have a buzz of excitement for the upcoming baseball season. Major League stars are getting ready for the grind, minor league guys are found on back fields honing...

USING YOUR PLATFORM BEYOND HOME PLATE

This past August, Hurricane Harvey ravaged through Houston, punching the fourth-largest city in America deep in the gut and knocking it down to its knees. The record storm left a path of destruction, putting much of its land, underwater; laying many ...

This past August, Hurricane Harvey ravaged through Houston, punching the fourth-largest city in America deep in the gut and knocking it down to its knees. The record storm left a path of destruction, putting much of its land, underwater; laying many ...

SOMETIMES ACTIVELY COACHING LOOKS LIKE NOT COACHING AT ALL

Thanks in part to the Minor League season being cancelled this past year, my spring and summer were without baseball for the first time since I was probably four or five years old. Living in central New Jersey where Coronavirus initially hit hard and fo...

Thanks in part to the Minor League season being cancelled this past year, my spring and summer were without baseball for the first time since I was probably four or five years old. Living in central New Jersey where Coronavirus initially hit hard and fo...