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December 5, 2017 - Piscataway, New Jersey, U.S. - Michigan State's head coach Tom Izzo talks with guard Cassius Winston (5) during NCAA basketball action between the Michigan State Spartans and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan State defeated Rutgers 62-52. Duncan Williams/CSM(Credit Image: © Duncan Williams/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Better Coaches Mindset: Feedback, Criticism and Trust

Better Coaches Mindset: Feedback, Criticism and Trust

This is the third post of the #BetterCoaches Mindset series in partnership with HoopGrind, and was originally published on its site here.  Read the first post exploring the Hedgehog Concept here, and the second post on Passion vs Obsession here.   If you attend any basketball practice around the world, you are likely to hear the Coach stressing

July 26, 2017 - Albuquerque, NM, U.S. - Albuquerque Journal.Pictured is New Mexico's mens basketball coach Paul Weir(cq) inside his office at working at a stand up desk. photographed inside the film room at the Rudy Davalos basketball practice facility. .Albuquerque, New Mexico Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal (Credit Image: © Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal via ZUMA Wire)

Go Home Coach: 5 Ways to Save Time and Be More Efficient

The basketball season is long and grueling. Once practices and games begin, the days and nights can blend together. In order to lead and mentor their teams, coaches often sacrifice things like time with family, friends, themselves, not to mention sleep and exercise. Having a proper work/life balance is important to the health of coaches, and

December 17, 2017 - Memphis, TENNESSEE, Estados Unidos - Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens communicates with his team at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, 16 December 2017. (Credit Image: © Mike Brown/EFE via ZUMA Press)

Better Coaches Mindset: Passion vs Obsession

This is the second post of a #BetterCoaches Mindset series in partnership with HoopGrind, and was originally published on their site here.  Read the first post exploring the Hedgehog Concept here. If you are reading this, there is a strong possibility that basketball is your passion. The purpose of this article is to explain the difference

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Better Coaches Mindset: Hedgehog Concept

This is Part 1 of a Better Coaches Mindset Series from Coach Doug Brotherton and our partners at HoopGrind Basketball. It was originally published here. Three years ago, I listened to the audio version of the book, “Good to Great,“ by Jim Collins. One of the concepts that has stuck with me is the Hedgehog Concept. This

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Personal and Career Development for Coaches

This past August, our group held our first Elite Training Camp in Richmond, VA. What follows is some quick hitters from our session on Personal Development. Hope you learn something you can apply to your growth! Personal Development = My Plan to Get Better 4 Truths You Must Understand About Getting a Coaching Job 1)

December 19, 2017 - December 19, 2017 - Braydon HOBBS ( 15, FCB), FCBB - Coach Aleksandar Sasa DJORDJEVIC (FCB) und Reggie REDDING ( 15, FCB). Basketball, FC Bayern (FCB) - Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (POD), Euro Cup, Gruppe B, 9.Runde, Saison 2017/2018, am 19.12.2017 in Muenchen / A U D I D O M E / Deutschland. *** Braydon HOBBS 15 FCB FCBB coach Aleksandar Sasa DJORDJEVIC FCB and Reggie REDDING 15 FCB basketball FC Bayern FCB Buducnost VOLI Podgorica POD Euro Cup Gruppe B-9 round season 2017 2018 on 19 12 2017 in Munich A U D I D O M E Germany x20171219_106x (Credit Image: © Imago via ZUMA Press)

4 Keys to Developing Mental Toughness

“Mental toughness is having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to generally cope better than your opponents with the many demands (competition, training, lifestyle); specifically, be more consistent and better than your opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure.”* The late John Wooden once said, “You can’t have

November 15, 2017 - Jinan, Jinan, China - Jinan, CHINA-15th November 2017:(EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT) ..Members of the Shenzhen Team including American professional basketball player Jared Sullinger do warm-up exercise before the match during CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) 2017/18 in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, November 15th, 2017. (Credit Image: © SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire)

Pregame Visualization Techniques to Improve Performance

Visualization in sports and athletic performance has become more common over the last several decades. Teams and players have been using it to help clear their minds, think positively, review the game and improve performance. Athletes such as Carli Lloyd and Lindsey Vonn, actor Will Smith and even Oprah Winfrey have been known to use

The BJU Bruins vs Trinity College in the men's basketball regional championship. Photo by Kayla Pierce 2017. Courtesy of Tony Miller

What it Means to be “Champions Today”

Several years ago, our coaching staff chose the phrase “Champions Today” as our program’s motto for that season. Throughout the year, people would ask what exactly “Champions Today” meant. Some figured we were placing an added emphasis on winning, while others thought it had something to do with the pursuit of a championship. In actuality, the phrase

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Finding the Space to Lead

Your days are all over the place running from home to school to practice. And, they’re a blur. When your head hits the pillow at night, you can’t even remember what you did that day. Sound familiar? If so, keep reading. Your mind is constantly running from scrolling Twitter, to a real conversation, to posting

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