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Embracing Technology as an Athletic Coach

By Brian Freeland Contributor, Sports & Fitness Network The importance of understanding how to use technology as an athletic coach becomes more apparent as technology continues to evolve and advance within our culture. Today’s generation of young athletes are entrenched with technology from mobile devices to the latest in electronic gaming and communication. Although excessive usage of technology in today’s culture can incur negative sentiments throughout the public; the reality is usage of new technology is only going to increase across society and the value of embracing technology will heighten.
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Is Paying College Athletes The Answer?

By Dr. Bret Simmermacher Contributor, Sport and Fitness Network There is a huge push across the country to pay college athletes. In my humble opinion I think this would open a huge can of worms and eliminate many of the non revenue sports on college campuses today. There are only about 12-15 universities across the country that operate in the black when it comes to financing a college athletic program.
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Communication Rules for Athletic Coaches

By Brian Freeland Contributor, Sports & Fitness Network Athletic coaches at the youth, middle school, and high school levels must be able to effectively communicate with their players and parents to maximize success. To help coaches improve their ability to communicate effectively, I would like to share 5 communication rules...
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How to Start Your Career in the Sports Industry

By Brian Freeland Sports & Fitness Network, Contributor The sports industry continues to be one of the largest growing industries, even in today’s economy. However, a common term used to describe breaking into the industry is “challenging.” Even though sites like and advertise hundreds (even thousands) of jobs, there is the perception that a career in sports is tough to come by.
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The Truth About Making it to the Pros in Athletics

By Dr. Bret Simmermacher Sports & Fitness Network, Contributor When every young athlete begins their career they dream of making it big in the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), or Major League Baseball (MLB). What most people don’t tell them are the odds are against them of ever making it to that level. The number of high school athletes that actually go on to play college or professional sports is extremely competitive.
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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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