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Off-Season Development: Team FastModel Coaches Share Their Goals

Off-Season Development: Team FastModel Coaches Share Their Goals

The off-season is SEPARATION SEASON! Take a look at which areas Team FastModel coaches are aiming to improve and how this summer. Welcome to the 2021 off-season, aka Separation Season – where coaches are made. As coaches, we demand our players improve between the final game of last season and the first practice of the

Choice-Supportive Bias, Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz

Mental Biases and Coaching: Defeating Choice-Supportive Bias

Coaches: Is Choice-Supportive Bias plaguing your ability to make good decisions and move on from bad ones? Here’s how to spot and defeat it. 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

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

Action Bias, Coaching, Radius Athletics, FastModel Sports

Mental Biases and Coaching: Action Bias Pitfalls

A tendency toward action bias can at times lead basketball coaches and players astray, undermining short and long term progress. Read more on Cognitive Biases and how they relate to coaching: The Impact of Optimism Bias Avoiding Outcome Bias The Perils of Confirmation Bias Survivorship Bias in Coaching Defeating Choice – Supportive Bias Coaches are hard

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

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