Have you ever sat around and wondered why you didn’t win that race? Or even pondered how come you didn’t win the big game? Guess what……in a lot of cases the reason why you didn’t win was that you didn’t prepare to win. The fundamental reason you train is to prepare to meet the challenges and demands of every competitive situation you find yourself in. To do less, is to prepare to fail. This article discusses the concept of winning and explains why it is essential that your training must be tougher than the competition you are preparing for.
I often get asked, what’s the difference between sport and high performance sport.
Read the next 800 words and find out.
Spring is the season of re-newal, re-birth and re-generation.
And for many Australian sports – AFL, Rugby League, Netball and Rugby – spring is also the season of the Performance Re-view.
That time when players, coaches, management and staff sit down together and try to work out what went wrong, what went right and how to do it better next time around.
How do you make certain your end of season Performance Review makes real difference to next season and is not a waste of time, energy and money?
By Wayne Goldsmith
Coaches are always talking about motivation and some make lots of money doing motivation talks, motivation lectures, giving motivational speeches, writing motivational books, selling motivational videos, running motivational courses and generally being motivational!
Here’s the funny thing: motivation – there’s no such thing.
It takes 20 years to become an overnight success. Successful coaches have by a combination of experience, skill, education and practice, developed ways and means of getting the best out themselves and their athletes.
Here are 101 Coaching Tips to help you achieve your coaching goals.
- Develop communication skills and never stop trying to improve them.
- Learn to effectively utilise the Internet, social media and email.
- Never stop learning. Learning is for life.
- Be open-minded. Never say, never.
- What you may lack in knowledge, make up for with enthusiasm, desire and passion.
- Be a role model for your athletes.
The Daily Athlete Training Environment D.A.T.E. is a term which is used to describe the day to day opportunities provided for an athlete to help realise their full potential. This article discusses the DATE concept and why the most important part of the DATE is the A….the athlete.
After the CLOSING ceremony of every Olympic Games, someone should yell out, “let the (real) Games begin”.
The real “GAMES”…………the junkets and fact finding missions the Sporting leaders from most countries embark on to find out what the USA, Germany, Great Britain, South Korea, China and Australia are doing to be successful in the Olympics.
The logic seems simple enough.
“Our country didn’t win any medals at the Olympics” says the Minister for Sport.
“Country XYZ won lots of medals at the Olympics”, says the CEO of the Sports Commission.
“Therefore if we want medals and we copy them we will win medals”, thinks everyone in the room.
“Hooray!!!! Problem solved – let’s buy some air tickets”.
Sports coaches all over the world have been devoted to the mindless repetition model of skills learning and mastery for the past 50 years. However, there is a huge difference between being able to perform sports skills well in training and being able to consistently perform sports skills under competition conditions, e.g. under fatigue, at high speed and under pressure. This article aims to challenge the old “practice makes perfect” coaching philosophy and replace it with a more competition focused approach of “Performance Practice”.
So you believe your child will be the next big thing in the Big Leagues? So you think it is inevitable that your son will win an Olympic Gold Medal one day?
So you are a 100% certain that your little girl will be the next world record holder? Gold Medal kids need Gold Medal parents. Little Leaguers who aspire to the Big Leagues need Big League Parenting. Are you up to the challenge?
OK. Let’s talk about how to develop world class coaches.
Grab a piece of paper. On one side of the paper, write down the characteristics of a great coach.
Does your list include any or all of the following:
- Outstanding communicator
- Conflict resolver
- Media manager
- Public relations genius
- Team developer
- People manager
- Technical / tactical / strategic skills of the highest order
OK – now turn the page over and write down a list of all the coach education programs which cover the above?
Is this side of the paper blank? Yes? Then we can begin.
High Performance on a Budget – can you create a high performance environment without spending any money?
As soon as someone mentions the words “high-performance” in sport, people start running for their cheque books and credit cards. The most commonly held view about high-performance sport is that you need significant investment and resources to run a successful high performance sports program. However, money alone does not guarantee success in high performance sport and almost any coach or Club can create a sustainable high performance environment by targeting and prioritising their resources on the right things at the right time. This article discusses how to prioritise in high performance sport and how to target the things that matter: the things that will make a difference where it really matters….the performance of your athletes
Coaching is creativity.
To the successful coaches of the future, creativity will be a core coaching skill: right up there with communication, passion, empathy, commitment, the ability to engage athletes and sports specific technical skill.
But what does it mean to be creative and to coach creatively. And to coaches who are not naturally creative, can they learn to be?
Or to the coach with a hammer, is every athlete a nail?