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New coach syndrome

Nobody wins with new coach syndrome. I've had it, I've had it real bad, so I can speak from experience. My kids have had coaches with it, so I can speak from a parents point of view. My own coaches have had it when I was a player. You get the idea. Guess who lost… Continue reading New coach syndrome

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Master the learning curve

You see your kid and they are doing it wrong. You go over and tell them, and show them how to do it. They continue to do it wrong. You're getting frustrated, but not as frustrated as they are until you hear that phrase that drives every parent/coach crazy- "I Know!" "Well if you know, why… Continue reading Master the learning curve

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Positively Uncomfortable

Today I had a medical procedure I have been putting off as long as I could. The doctor finally told me we couldn’t wait any longer and I had no choice but to get this done to find out what kind of surgery I needed. (the great news? I dont need surgery!) SO.. The reason… Continue reading Positively Uncomfortable

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So, you think you’re positive…

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…

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Now available!

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!

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Leave no room for doubt

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

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My USL #TrainerFam

5 years ago, I had a phone interview with a non-profit company that had started up back in the 90’s, in my home town of Baltimore. Passionate about the game, about teaching it to others, and about learning in an environment filled with coaches who all have different insights, I was incredibly excited at the… Continue reading My USL #TrainerFam