In today’s world teachers, coaches and parents all want to know what motivates people. The answer you’ll find will come down to experiences and caring. Great coaches like Al McGuire, Tom Izzo, Coach K all have the same technique in common—they care about their players on and off the playing court.
High-performing athletes must believe that the hard work that they put in will pay off in the long run. They can’t be deterred from their dreams by a missed pass, a harsh word, or lost game. Even if they can’t run their goal time today—they have to believe that they are capable—or the battle is lost before it began.Continue reading
We need to foster the belief in our children that this is a journey. We aren’t ‘stuck’ where we’re at. We can work hard and break through to the next level of performance. However, we can’t lose the connection to the idea of allowing failure. “Learn, learn, learn” doesn’t actually happen if the penalty kick is always successful. We have to cultivate an environment where we encourage full effort AND celebrate the failures.Continue reading
Obviously, we all respond better to things that we are interested in. If you can incorporate your teen’s interests into standard family activities, they may surprise you with their willingness to participate. Our family has always been big on playing games – card games, board games, athletic games. Competition helps us bond, I guess! If you need extra incentive to get your athlete interested, there is quite an assortment of soccer board games available from a variety of retailers.Continue reading
Advice from a soccer coach on how to work out to stay in elite athlete shape. Most of us are now in our second week of social distancing. We’re learning to balance working while home schooling and not practicing with our soccer teams. A soccer coach weighs in on the best home workouts to stay in elite athlete shape.Continue reading