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Defeating Choice-Supportive Bias

Defeating Choice-Supportive Bias

Coaches: Is Choice-Supportive Bias plaguing your ability to make good decision and move on from bad ones? Read more on Cognitive Biases and how they relate to coaching: Action Bias Pitfalls The Impact of Optimism Bias Avoiding Outcome Bias The Perils of Confirmation Bias Survivorship Bias in Coaching As coaches, we have all made decisions that we have

Championship Mindset: Keys to Winning in the Postseason

Lessons on what it takes to win when it matters most – the postseason – from a coach with a track record of success. Every year, we prepare and plan to play on the last possible day in March. At Varina High School, where I spent six years building a program from the ground up, we made that an

Goal Coaching: Turning Actions into Habits

The third post in our Goal Setting for Coaches series discusses the process of actions evolving into long term habits.  In the last couple of weeks, I have been discussing goals. In the post, “Be Goal-Driven,” I started the conversation by discussing the importance of setting achievable, challenging goals. In last week’s post, “Be Action-Oriented,”

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 3 – Words of Teammates

Developing confidence in athletes is a key part of coaching, as is the way teammates communicate with each other. *Final post in this series. Check out Part 1 – Preparation and Success; and Part 2 – Coach’s Words and Actions. This is the final post in a short mini-series on confidence and our role as coaches in

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 2 – Words and Actions

Developing confidence in athletes is a key part of coaching, and the words and actions from coaches make a difference. *This is Part 2 of 3. Check out Part 1 – Preparation and Success.  Last week I started this blog series on confidence and our role as coaches in instilling and developing it in our athletes.

Coaches play an integral part in developing confidence in their players.

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 1 – Preparation and Success

Developing confidence in athletes is a key part of coaching, and preparing them properly sets them up for success. *Part 1 of a 3-part series In the last few posts I wrote for Fast Model Sports I talked about some important elements of team sport success being things that we might not always think of as

Transition into Training: Tips to Engage Youth Basketball Players

Helping players make a smooth transition from their day into practice is extremely important, especially in youth basketball.  Coaches – can you spare five minutes prior to practice to engage the brain, and thus the athlete? Through no fault of our own, coaches have been conditioned to want to immediately “get after it” as quickly as possible in order to

Time for Tires: Ideas to Mix Up Strength and Conditioning

Flipping tires is a fun strength and conditioning exercise that is also functional for basketball players to develop explosiveness.  The last thing a coach wants is for players to be disengaged, no matter if it’s a practice, game, film session, weight workout or any other activity. One of our program beliefs is that conditioning should be fun –  we will rarely just run

So You Want to Be a College Basketball Player?

Some quick advice on what it takes to be an impact college basketball player from a Division III basketball coach.  “There’s a difference between being a college basketball player and being an impact college basketball player.” Every spring, I enjoy scrolling through my social media feed looking at all the college commitments by graduating student-athletes

The Inside Out – Episode 47: Work Like A Pro

Thrive3, a leading basketball skills training group, is excited to partner with FastModel Sports to offer our weekly videos series, The Inside Out, on the FMS blog platform and directly to its audience of coaches, trainers and players. The series will provide drills from Thrive3’s player development system used to train top athletes from youth to professional

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