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Athletic Coaching: Secrets to Better Practice Plans

By Joe Rice
Contributor, Sports+Fitness Network

In my recent presentation to the Massachusetts PE teaches, the MAPHERD convention, I focused on how we can create better practice plans that actually taught instead of just keeping players busy. The great John Wooden said, “Never mistake activity for achievement.”

The problem that was addressed was the common scenario of coaches putting together their practice plans that had 8-10 unrelated and randomly organized drills. Players would have a warmup, then a passing drill followed by a shooting drill. Usually there were some transition drills, followed by a defensive drill and then another shooting drill. Last, of course, was a scrimmage...

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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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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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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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The Recruiting Trip: DOs and DON’Ts for the College Coach, a Parent’s Perspective

By Joe Rice Contributor, Sports & Fitness Network As the recruiting season has started for many college sports, thousands of prospective student-athletes are visiting campuses across the country. Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts for coaches to follow from a parent’s perspective.
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Conducting Effective Tryouts and Evaluations

By Joe Rice Contributor, Sports & Fitness Network Having seen and participated in hundreds of pre-season evaluations as a coach, there are certain strategies and methods that lead to more effective tryouts. These effective practices can be broken down into three phases; pre-tryout phase, tryout phase and post tryout phase.
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