If you’re following my blog then you probably have bought in on positive coaching. You get it, you practice it, believe in it, and pray that your own kids’ coaches model it too! But what if we’re missing one more piece? What if through all this belief in developing and encouraging our athletes we’re still… Continue reading So, you think you’re positive…
You can put the most talented players on your team every year. They have head knowledge, they have athleticism. If they don't perform or if they move on you can replace them with another talented kid. You can cherry pick the best of the best skills at tryouts. You can drill them until they are… Continue reading The root of the player
Just a quick blog update to announce the availability of Confessions of an Imperfect Coach on Amazon! If you pre-ordered through kateleavell.com, your signed books ship out tomorrow. If you've read a pre-release copy, it would mean a great deal to me if you could take a minute to log-in to amazon and leave a review. Signed copies are still… Continue reading Now available!
Just a trophy?? Well you can count me out. I'm currently getting rid of junk piles, not acquiring them. While you’re at it, keep the medals too. I have run out of hooks to hang those as well. If the gold standard of a successful season is a trophy then we are getting cheated. That… Continue reading GIVE em ALL Trophies!
When exactly did we get so lazy? Kids can’t handle not getting a trophy --------------------> Give everyone a trophy! We can’t handle the trophy for everyone atmosphere ------>Get rid of trophies! Kids can’t handle winning and losing ----------------> Stop Keeping Score Adults can’t handle being supportive from sidelines -------> Don’t allow any cheering at all… Continue reading Laziness ruining youth sports
There’s a lot of negativity, hatred, division, exclusion, stereotyping, and blanket statements filling the air. Sometimes we need to vent it out, because it’s beyond the ability of the majority of people to comprehend the evil that truly lives alongside of us. But action feels so much better than venting, arguing, or complaining because it… Continue reading Coaches Change the World
Everyday, parents choose teams they hope will give their kids the best experience. Before you choose yours - read this. THE LETTER: Dear Daughter, I vividly remember the day the uniform for your first team came in a plastic bag with your name written in red sharpie on the outside. You ran upstairs, making those… Continue reading Dear Daughter. The LETTER
Many years ago, when I was just starting out as a high school coach, one of my former players tweeted that I was a “life ruiner.” It was like a punch in the gut. We’d just come off of a winning season, unquestionably the best season this program had ever had. I’d just been awarded… Continue reading Life Ruiner
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You want to build a program with a mission. This is your pre- try out or pre- placement speech. Leave no room for doubt. Make no apologies. Instead of rules and regulations to keep people in line, build the expectation before they set foot on the field. Let them decide to get off the bus… Continue reading Leave no room for doubt