Category Archives: Coaching

Why Do We Cut Kids From Teams?

I was talking to a friend of mine Thursday morning.  She told me about her son, who had gone out for his high school water polo team. He wasn’t a good enough swimmer and the coach had cut him from … Continue reading

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The Last Lecture and Sports I

I was watching “The Last Lecture” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo) the other night.  It’s one of the most viewed videos on youtube.  There’s also a book too. Briefly, it’s a speech by a university professor who has terminal cancer.  It’s about having dreams and … Continue reading

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Steroids and Eating Disorders

There is a dark side to sports that many parents and coaches are unaware of. And this dark side can lead to dangerous consequences. There are more and more kids that are taking lessons from the pros and seeking easier … Continue reading

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“Why we should explain why…”

The other night, I was watching my son’s water polo practice. The coach was doing a real good job of having them work on fundamentals. His instructions were clear. His demonstrations good.  And his advice was insightful. As a matter … Continue reading

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Keep the Knees Bent

I was watching the Lakers/Spurs game the other night. The speed, agility and coordination of those athletes is amazing, isn’t it? One thing I noticed was that most of the players had their knees bent all the time. And they … Continue reading

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Girls in PE

Last week I watched a middle school PE class.  For some reason, it was all girls.  They were playing a game of softball and it was one of the most pathetic games I have ever seen. First, the girls in … Continue reading

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Fairwell to my mentor

Sadly, a friend and mentor passed away last week. He had a great influence on my coaching and my life. When I started working for him, I was making $500 a month and I hadn’t had a raise in three … Continue reading

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Sports Hero’s as Role Models

I’ve seen fitness experts say to encourage a child’s having sports hero’s as role models.  They say it encourages the child to strive harder and to practice more. I don’t agree, especially for the majority of kids. First we have … Continue reading

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How to build a house

When it comes to building a house, what is the first thing the architect checks? It’s the ground, isn’t it? No matter how beautiful or well designed the house, if ground isn’t ready then the house isn’t going to stand … Continue reading

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Too Much Information

I was taking a dance class (salsa) the other day.  If you’ve done it then you know, there is nothing like learning to dance to make you feel uncoordinated. We were working on the small details of a cross-body turn … Continue reading

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