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10 Areas for Coaching Growth

10 Areas for Coaching Growth

With the arrival of July, we’re still in the heart of summer with plenty of time to study and find ways to improve our teams for next season. In the coming months, if you’re looking for some different areas for coaching growth that would be worth your investment for the betterment of your program, consider

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Elite Defenders  –  How They Tick

Elite defenders have the following traits in common: length, athleticism, effort, awareness, and intelligence. That’s pretty obvious. In this article, we’ll go beyond those few characteristics and learn from one of the NBA’s best defenders, Tony Allen, and we’ll see the traits that make great defenders. Elite defenders guard the best offensive player on their team

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The Influence of Soccer and Football on Basketball Coaches

How the main national sporting influences – football and soccer – may impact basketball coaching styles in America and abroad.  In the United States, the NFL owns Sundays and college football owns the rest of the weekend. While American basketball coaches likely list basketball as their first love, they are knowingly or unknowingly impacted by American

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The Perils Of Confirmation Bias In Coaching

Coaches can be blind to opportunities to advance their teams and programs by falling victim to Confirmation Bias. Like Survivorship Bias, Confirmation Bias is an example of a cognitive bias which leads coaches to make irrational decisions. Confirmation Bias is the tendency to listen only to information that confirms one’s beliefs or preconceptions. It is

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Survivorship Bias In Coaching

First in a series on Cognitive Biases and how they can impact our decision making as coaches. Simply put, Cognitive Biases are thinking errors. They are flaws in judgement that everyone is susceptible to. Marketers, salesmen, the media and politicians depend on our unawareness of these biases to sell their products, services and messages. We

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Look at Me Leadership

Look at Me Leadership originally posted at “The Winner’s Edge“ What makes an individual great — is it their work ethic, their natural talent, or their unwillingness to relent to adversity or failure? Could be one, could be all, could be a combination. When the individual is called upon to lead, whether by hiring, vote, or

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What Drives Winning – Row the Boat

Last week I had the absolute privilege to attend the “What Drives Winning Conference” in St. Louis, Missouri.  It is in its second year and run by Brett Ledbetter and Becky Burleigh (Florida women’s soccer).  It is the first conference, seminar, or clinic that I have attended that discussed zero X’s and O’s.  Instead, the focus of

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Professional Development – Basketball Coaching Clinics

The offseason can be packed full of workouts, team camps, tournaments, and open gyms. The teams that put in the work now get to enjoy the fruits of their labor next season. However, what may be overlooked is what are you, the coach, doing to get better this offseason? Professional development for basketball coaches used to be a

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