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Hey Coach: Boost your team’s performance with this simple tip

by Stacie ~ May 25th, 2015.
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Looking to improve your team’s performance and results? Here is something too many coaches overlook. Press play and make sure you’re on track to helping your team perform at their best.

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When critics rant and rave, remember this …

by Stacie ~ May 18th, 2015.
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Coach,

You will ALWAYS have critics. Stay focused on why you do what you do and on what matters most!

When you get defensive, you look guilty, or like you lack confidence in what you do. And maybe you do. Maybe you ARE doubting your own ability. But responding to frustrated critics rarely does you any good or helps you feel better about yourself or what you do.

Stay focused on the players, on what you want to help them accomplish/learn, on your mission and vision for any player you have the honor of working with. You’re not out there for the critics! You’re out there for the KIDS. Don’t let naysayers pull you’re attention away from what really matters.

And yes, I realize this is easier said than done at times. And YES, even I have allowed myself to be distracted by people who didn’t really matter. But that’s not a mistake I plan on repeating! Not in coaching nor in parenting :)

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Purpose for playing: do you need to refocus?

by Stacie ~ May 11th, 2015.
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A recurring thought kept coming up over and over and over again over the weekend. One in which players are feeling stuck or in a slump. How do they get past that? This audio contains some thoughts that can help.

ALSO, this audio is a self check for parents (and maybe for coaches too). Yes, our children can learn life lessons from sports. But are they learning lessons we WANT them to learn? Or are we inadvertently communicating messages we don’t really want them taking in?

This audio also provides YOU (parents and coaches) with something to think about. Always, always, always remember to keep the BIGGER picture in mind. Not just for the season or for their “education” or for their softball career, but the bigger picture that involves life BEYOND that.


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Questions to consider…

  • Is your child playing, or doing what they do, because they love it?
  • Or because they’re trying to meet the expectation(s) of someone else?
  • What can you do to help them refocus?
  • What can you do to keep the game about enjoying an activity they love?
  • What can you do to make sure your child doesn’t fall into the trap of performing to please others vs having their OWN “WHY?”
  • Do YOU need to shift your expectations/thoughts about the game/your child’s sports experience?

Clarification: in this webinar, when I talk about posting and not caring what other people think, I was speaking about MY own personal experience in this business (what I do on this website, on my Facebook Fan Page, and on other social media sites) and in the context of pleasing other people or trying to please everyone. That portion of the webinar was NOT license for anyone to intentionally post hurtful things about others and use my message here as “permission” to do so. That does not fall in line with being your best (also mentioned in the webinar).

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