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One crazy way to improve your coaching

by Stacie ~ September 23rd, 2014.
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One crazy way to improve your coaching at StacieMahoe.comSoftball coaching tips are everywhere. Obviously, there are a ton right here on this website. When it comes to improving team or athlete performance, there are some basic “must do’s.”

In order for athletes to perform well you must:

  • Equip your players to think on their feet and make good decisions in competition
  • Create an environment in which your players take responsibility for their performance
  • Continue learning
  • Listen to your players!
  • Prepare your team well with good quality practices and instruction

But there is ONE thing that can hinder all of your best coaching efforts. It’s a pretty common issue seen in both new and experienced coaches. I know I’ve been guilty of it too. It is more common for less experiences coaches, but I’ve seen coaches who’ve been coaching for decades make this mistake as well.

Make sure you’re not shooting yourself in the foot. Correcting this ONE problem can greatly improve your coaching. Wayne Goldsmith, elite performance coach, talks about what this issue is, the problems it causes, and gives you 5 ways to avoid it.

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11 Phrases Successful Athletes Never Say On Game Day

by Stacie ~ August 25th, 2014.
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Short and sweet. Here are 11 phrases successful athletes never say one game day (and probably not on any other day either)…

11 phrases successful athletes never say one game day That's not my job. We would've won if you didn't _______. I hope the ball doesn't come to me. So I'm a few minutes late, no big deal. Why are you playing? Oh well, at least we tried (before the game is over). But my dad said... I hope we don't get our butts kicked today. Anyone want to take my spot? At least I did my job... We can't win with these umpires.
Successful athletes don’t look for something to blame. They look and their performance, think about how they can do better next time, and work on it.  They don’t stay focused on the “coulda, woulda, shouldas.”

No matter what, they want to do their best and help their team in any way they can, no matter what that may entail, no matter who is “supposed” to do it or not.

Successful athletes LOVE a challenge and WANT the ball. They WANT to be in situations where THEY can make a difference for their team. They look forward to it. They live for it!

Successful athletes also support their teammates and are a source of positivity and confidence others feed off of. They so often see the positive in any situation and, therefore, speak in more positive ways. The negative “what ifs” that  often pop into other athlete’s heads is not what they focus their thoughts on.

Doing their “own job” isn’t “good enough,” especially if their team is failing all around them. Great athletes look for ways to help EVERYONE do better, not just themselves. They help raise the level of play of their whole team whether they’re having a “good” day or a “bad” day.

What about you? Where do you focus your thoughts? Do you find yourself thinking one of the 11 thoughts listed above or are you more like the description of what a successful athlete is like?

If you want to get better, improve your game, and be a player people remember, move away from the list of 11 and more toward the description of successful athletes below that. Your mind is a powerful thing.  Don’t waste it on negativity.  It’s amazing how much your mindset affects your performance and your impact, good or bad, on the field.

 


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Twitter is not a recruiting nightmare, poor choices are

by Stacie ~ August 10th, 2014.
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Twitter is not a recruiting nightmare, bad choices are
I shared my thoughts on social media before. This topic came up again when I saw this headline in my Facebook Newsfeed…

Georgia coach Mark Richt dropped a recruit because of his tweets
Under that it said, “Twitter is a recruiting nightmare.”

I disagree. Twitter is just a tool, just a platform through which people can communicate. HOW YOU CHOOSE TO USE IT however, can cause problems for you if you make bad choices.

The bottom line is, YOUR choices affect opportunities you receive and ones you get taken away from you.

Don’t blame the tool.

This very same tool can HELP you in your recruiting process if you use it properly, wisely, and with integrity!

Online, offline doesn’t matter. It’s all REAL LIFE. What you say is what you say. What you do is what you do. It doesn’t matter where or when or who you think is watching, be responsible for your actions, your words, and your choices!

Don’t think what you post on the Internet can be safely hidden or deleted! 

Make sure you’re choices are solid from the get go, not something you’ll want to “delete” later.  If you don’t want people to find out about something you said or did, it’s better not to do it in the first place and most certainly don’t post it online no matter what you think your privacy settings are!

Colleges DO look at social media. It’s part of life in the 21st century.

Conduct yourself like a champion at all times.

When you get to college, even more so, you’re life will be under a microscope.  Is it any wonder college coaches want to see how you behave when you think no one will find out?

Practice now.

Making good choices in all areas of life is a good habit to develop, not only for college, but for well beyond that.


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