Last week, I explained to you why sleep was so important. I looked at several scientific studies that concluded that showed sleep could both hinder a player’s ability to perform, but also elevate performance. Check out that article here. To help you provide some practical steps towards enacting better sleep habits, I did some further research. This article provided by the Global Sport Development Foundation provides some ideas which I’ve summarized into 4 key points to help your players get more sleep: Continue reading “4 Ways To Help Your Players Get More Sleep” »
Sleep. Science still hasn’t figured out it’s exact function, but nevertheless, we can’t live without it. Nevertheless, if you’re coaching a school team, particularly a high school or college team, you might notice your players trying as hard as they can to do so. But sleep is important for student athletes. Continue reading “Why Sleep is Important for Student Athletes” »
Pressure, and pressure situations, create moments which define the entire sport of basketball. We even have our own word for a player that is able to stand up and be counted in such scenarios- “Clutch”. Some people think that clutchness is an innate trait, others a skill honed after years of facing it. Recent studies by sport psychologists can improve our understanding of pressure and our ability to cope with it. Continue reading “Understanding Pressure and How You can Perform Under it” »
In earlier posts, I talked about how coaches should develop a positive philosophy for coaching school level players. With regards to actively applying such ideas, I find the last chapter of Dale Carnegie’s best selling book “How to Gain Friends and Influence People” especially relevant. This section, aptly titled “9 ways to Change People without Arousing Resentment” provides some sound advice that you can carry over everyday into practice. Continue reading “Change Players Without Arousing Resentment” »
- What separates the “good” coaches from the “average” is one word- credibility. In his best selling book “
- How often have you seen a coach get mad over a game? Sadly it’s an all too common sight in youth leagues around the world. Sometimes, a coach can be so concerned with winning that he/she will take the fun away from the game, which is discouraging and disheartening for the player.