COACHING TIPS: Learning The Japanese Way of Baseball

Rocky Pasquale has a most unusual job – a job in which he has been most successful. For the last 15 years, Rocky has been the head coach at the Keio Academy, a HS in Purchase, NY, which is attended by Japanese students. In Rocky’s tenure, the Unicorns have won five Sectional championship.... More »

5 Youth Sports Costs That May Surprise You

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ACCOUNTABILITY WITH ATHLETES: Yet Another Horrible HS Football Incident…. + MORE

So, the two defensive backs from John Jay HS in San Antonio. TX, go on national TV (Good Morning America) and try to present themselves as good, wholesome kids, that their actions in which they blindsided the ref does not truly reflect who they are. And to “justify” their actions, the tw.... More »

5 Questions to Help Your Child Overcome Disappointments or “Failure” + MORE

When your child experiences “failure” or makes mistakes in a game, the last thing he probably wants to do is think about it some more after it’s all over. During the game, coaches and parents will tell their kids to “shake it off,” which is a good idea in the heat of co.... More »
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15 Reasons Why Your Sacrifice as a Sports Parent is Worth It + MORE

If you are a sports parent and have been reading my website for awhile, you know that I’m a firm believer that youth sports teaches kids lessons they will carry with them for life, if coaches and parents provide positive leadership that takes full advantage of the opportunity for character gro.... More »
The Nieman Lab is running a series called “Predictions for Journalism 2015.” The Lab asked “some of the smartest people we know” to write about what they think will happen in the coming year, and their answers will keep appearing through the end of the week.
As I write this, three dozen have been published…

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Winning is NOT what is really important.Being “better”/ranked higher is NOT what’s really important.Being the starter or team star is NOT what’s really important.What IS REALLY important is WHO you are and HOW you are in the process of the competition. That is,Having CHARACTER,Being a TEAM PLAYER,LIFTING the level of your teammates’ playBeing HONEST & TRUSTWORTHY,Playing FAIR,Pursuing EXCELLENCE and WORKING HARD in everything you do,Being a LEADER, regardless of whether you are the captain or not,Meeting both VICTORY & DEFEAT with dignity and grace, Being a great ROLE MODEL,Interacting with all others with RESPECT,This is what is REALLY IMPORTANT in sports

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I’ve learned a lot of what I know today from the great coaches who I have been fortunate enough to cross paths with over the course of my career. Here’s what they’ve taught me:

REALLY good coaches have a CONTINUOUS LEARNING, GROWTH mindset. They are always looking for ways to get better, to sharpen and improve the tools in their coaching toolbox…

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Your child’s PLAYING TIME is NOT what’s really important.Whether your child WINS or LOSES is NOT what’s really important.YOUR goals for your child’s sport are NOT what’s really important!That college scholarship, especially if YOU are driving it, is NOT what’s really important!Insisting that your child listen to you and carefully follow your “extra” coaching instructions is DEFINITELY NOT what’s really important!What IS really important is YOUR RELATIONSHIP with your child and that you communicate, with NO ambivalence, that YOUR LOVE for them and their value in your eyes has absolutely NOTHING to do with how well they perform in their sport…

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flag football tournament 1418952614 2018281213 GREAT COACHES + MOREMedicine ball training develops high threshold motor units, which are muscle fibers that contribute to one’s explosiveness. This workout is a great example of plyometric training, a type of movement that develops your muscles’ explosiveness through quick and consistent contractions.
The goals for this workout are to:
Build Total Body Power

Develop Movement Coordination

Improve Explosiveness

Increase Strength and Elasticity of Muscle Tissues

You will increase the strength and elasticity of your muscle tissues…

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Your won/loss record is NOT what’s really important.Championships won are NOT what’s really important.“Your” athletes who go on to play D-1 or make it to the pros are NOT what’s really important. What IS really important is WHO you are, HOW you conduct yourself with your players on a daily basis and the kinds of RELATIONSHIPS that you develop with each and every one of your athletes…

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