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The Mentality of the Max

By Aaron Mehl
Contributor, Sports+Fitness Network

Everyone has an opinion on how testing should be done in regards to their athletes. If you ask ten coaches how they test their athletes you could very well get ten different answers. Which method is the safest? Which method best relates to athletic performance? The answer may be much more complex than you think...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Athletic Coaches

By Joe Rice Contributor, Sports & Fitness Network Many of us have created a few New Year's Resolution to improve ourselves personally. Usually these include something about losing weight or exercising more and will last for a few weeks (for me they lasted a few hours). However, we should also take a few moments and consider some ways to improve our coaching career. Here are a few ideas to help us become better coaches.
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Teaching the Art of Getting Open

By Joe Rice Contributor, Sports & Fitness Network Did you know that 90% of playing “Invasion” sports is about playing without the ball? Sports such as basketball, hockey (both ice and field), soccer and lacrosse are known as “Invasion Games” where a team is defending a goal (their “territory”) and the winner is determined by how many goals are scored. Since scoring goals is determined by how well players get open, shouldn’t we be teaching players how to get open?
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Are Travel Baseball Teams the Answer?

By Dr. Bret Simmermacher Contributor, Sport and Fitness Network Parents spend thousands of dollars to make sure their son becomes a part of one of these teams. They travel near and far to watch them play, pay for uniform costs, pay for nights in hotels, in the hopes of obtaining a baseball scholarship to help with the cost of their education. So I have to ask the question, is all of this really necessary?
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Preventing Child Sex Abuse in Youth Sports

By David Jacobson Marketing Communications Manager, Positive Coaching Alliance Guest Contributor, Sports and Fitness Network Parents want to defend their children, but often they do not know how. It is important that they learn what policies and procedures youth sports organizations should be using, the warning signs of sexual abuse and how to approach coaches about the issue. That’s why Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) developed a series of new child-abuse prevention videos and other resources that can help parents as well as coaches and youth sports administrators understand and take action.
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Helping Coaches Develop a Healthier Perspective on Officials

By Joe Rice
Contributor, Sports & Fitness Network

Working the ref” has become an art form and many younger coaches are watching veteran coaches to learn their trait. Go to any D1 sporting event; basketball, football and lacrosse and watch how the coach argues every call. Read the rest

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The Playing Time Blame Game

By Dr. Bret Simmermacher, DSM Contributor, Sport and Fitness Network I can think of many reasons a coach may not play a player. Missing practice, struggling with academics, behavior issues, missing team functions frequently, unable to learn plays or concepts, and so on… Since when is it a right to be able to play just because you show up?
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Athletic Coaches: Developing Your “Non-Negotiables”

By Joe Rice Contributor, Sports & Fitness Network Many articles have been written about the importance of coaches reaching out and communicating with the parents. So while there has been this increase in communication there still needs to be some boundaries set as to what topics can be discussed. Coaches should develop their “Non-Negotiables” and ensure parents understand and respect them. Here are some examples of Non-Negotiables.
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