Article List
DateSubjectAuthor
8/1/2003 10 Ways to Improve Your Coaching
Just like players, coaches are developed through education that is tested and refined in actual situations. Unfortunately, there are no practices for coaches...
Jeff Farris
7/15/2003 Preparation Provides Courage
Courage: A state of mind that enables one to face fear with confidence and resolution. Whenever an airline pilot saves a plane load of passengers or a...
Jeff Farris
7/15/2003 What About Coaches?
There is plenty of research that shows kids quit playing sports when they stop having fun. But what about coaches? Not all coaches have the option of quitting...
Jeff Farris
7/15/2003 Winning Teams Have More Fun and Other Myths
During a game, the winning team gets to cheer more and, based on this single observation, seems to have more fun. But parents should consider the following...
Jeff Farris
7/5/2003 What time is it? Now!
Going for a win is the focus of most games. Yet, in one of the more confusing aspects of sports, the more players think about winning the more likely they are...
Jeff Farris
7/5/2003 Winning at All Costs
Coaches of recreational, select and travel teams can all be statistically certain of one thing - they are not coaching any future professional players. With...
Jeff Farris
7/5/2003 Enjoying Exercise
Children can become better players with exercise away from sports. Jogging, push-ups and sit-ups will improve performance at games. However, exercise for kids...
Jeff Farris
6/5/2003 Getting Better Means Attention to Details
Players don't just get better. They get better at many small things that add up to an overall better player. For example, passing requires getting better at...
Jeff Farris
6/5/2003 Hi! Glad to See You!
Over time, coaches build their list of standard phrases they use to talk with players. These phrases become verbal shortcuts that players come to understand...
Jeff Farris
6/5/2003 Improving the Odds for High School Sports
Statistically, the odds of a child playing sports at the high school level are good. A study by the National Federation of State High School Associations...
Jeff Farris
6/1/2003 What if a Youth Coach Held a Press Conference?
In professional sports, it is common for the head coach to give a press conference after each game to field the "tough" questions and address concerns about the...
Jeff Farris
5/15/2003 Don't Give Up!
Most everyone knows the story of Michael Jordan, the all-star basketball player who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships. But, his path to the...
Jeff Farris
5/15/2003 Are You Communicating Clearly?
There are things that are said among adults that have a common understanding based on shared experiences. However, when coaches try these common expressions on...
Jeff Farris
5/15/2003 Are You Getting Your Money's Worth?
Concerns about safety and increased urbanization have led to a larger role for organized sports. The associated costs with organized sports leave parents...
Jeff Farris
5/1/2003 Player Assigned Homework
Because most coaches don't assign "homework" after practices, players may come to believe that attending and working hard at practices are all it takes to...
Jeff Farris
5/1/2003 Recognizing Player Accomplishments
One of the secrets to coaching is to praise activities that you want repeated. Praising is an inexpensive form of reward that is especially effective with...
Jeff Farris
5/1/2003 Nine Symptoms of Burnout
School days, homework, chores and family activities all take their toll on a young person's time. Add in an active schedule and little time is left for down...
Jeff Farris
4/16/2003 I Don't Understand or No Excuses
Whenever a coach points out a mistake to a player, the player always has the opportunity to try and shift the blame somewhere else. Not wanting the blame for a...
Jeff Farris
4/16/2003 Building Team Chemistry
If team chemistry made a sound, it would sound like a "click". When teams "click", they raise their level of play as teammates cooperate and work together...
Jeff Farris
4/16/2003 To Be the Best at One Sport, Play Several
An article, available on NFL.com, provides parents a good understanding of the need for kids to have a variety of sports experiences. The article cites Paul...
Jeff Farris