I believed the lie. 

I believed the lie. The same lie so many others have bought into. “This is for her, I’m helping”. After all, an involved, active parent is supposed to be attentive and help our kids through life experiences, right? She got in the car after tryouts and I barely said hello. “How was it? How did…

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#OACAAC For all the Coaches out there

#OACAAC (Once A Coach, Always A Coach) If coaching success is measured by how many times we mess up and start over again, then I’m an expert.  I used to think, before I actually started coaching, that getting out on a field and throwing out a few drills was all that coaching entailed. Like punching…

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The adventures of (insert team name)

Choose your own adventure!   Do you remember years and years ago, those books that our teachers didn’t like us to read when we had to write book reports? They were part of a series called “Choose your own adventure,” and after reading a chapter you could decide how you wanted the story to proceed…

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Are we getting caught up?

There’s an excitement that builds as the season approaches that reminds me of big holidays, like Christmas. We start daydreaming about it, hoping it will come faster and anticipating being in the middle of it. It’s not just a date on the calendar, it’s bigger. It’s something you can feel. There are purchases to make,…

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ON THE LINE! Finding the practice sweet spot.

ON THE LINE! 25 distracted, chatty, vacant expressions looking past you have finally tested your limit.  You’ve tried yelling, redirecting, re-explaining, calling them out by name, but nothing is working.  Performance is suffering because practices are starting to feel like a waste of time. You are dragging them through the season. Where is their work ethic?…

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What should Teen Conditioning look like?

One of the biggest push backs I get from athletes and families on off season training is, “What’s the point of working out in the summer for a winter or spring sport if they will just lose the conditioning anyway?” Some kids show up consistently for conditioning programs and year after year they look and perform…

What no one wants to tell you

You’ve put your money and your time into your kids sports. You’ve tried every elite travel team, every elite trainer, year round playing, but the college offers aren’t there or aren’t enough to make those elite schools affordable. The starting position isn’t consistent, the awards aren’t stacked on the wall.  Here’s a truth the ones…