MaxOne and Upward Sports have partnered on a service offering that combines MaxOne’s Virtual Coaching Platform (‘VCP’) and its best-in-class training solution with Upward’s extensive youth sports network. This collaboration will allow Upward partners to effectively administer virtual youth sports camps across the country this summer.
Under the new arrangement, Upward will white label MaxOne’s technology and make the platform available to their partners’ volunteer coaches and players. Upward Sports, a non-profit organization, partners with churches to provide the foundation for running youth sports experiences like leagues, clinics, and seasonal camps. “We admire and align with Upward’s mission to positively impact communities through youth sports,” said MaxOne CEO, Jason Mejeur.
Upward chose to partner with MaxOne over developing a technology platform themselves, which had been previously considered. “With MaxOne, we saw an opportunity to quickly move toward providing the best, safest option for virtual sports programming,” said Upward’s Director of Operations, Nathan Holm. “To successfully run our sports experiences, we needed a platform that could handle tens of thousands of players and be intuitive enough for coaches of all experience levels to use. MaxOne had that solution in place.”
Because the future impact of COVID-19 on youth sports remains uncertain, this partnership further prepares Upward and their partners to adapt as needed for future impacts and remain highly involved with their participants, which is central to the mission. “With a full suite of coaching, training, and communication tools in place, Upward can now focus on the continuity, quality, and community impact of virtual programming,” said Holm.
“This relationship demonstrates the versatility of our virtual coaching platform for a wide array of partners in the youth sports market,” said Mejeur. “White labeling our platform as a branded, customized part of their offering increases the value they provide to players. This helps build their brand awareness, credibility, and long-term loyalty.”
MaxOne’s Virtual Coaching Platform (‘VCP’) empowers organizations, trainers, coaches, and athletes with a digital solution to train, connect, and grow together, anywhere. With an increasing list of demands, directors and coaches need to be smarter in the development of their training programs and in the use of their time and resources. MaxOne’s VCP features cutting edge training tools and provides a single hub for all communication, scheduling, coaching, and collaboration. Although MaxOne is headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, they are proud to comprise a primarily remote team around the globe.
About Upward Sports
Based in South Carolina, Upward Sports is a non-profit organization helping local churches positively impact their communities through youth sports. Upward provides strategic consulting in creating a comprehensive sports solution that includes, training materials, logistic and ministry resources, apparel, and a suite of virtual tools. The organization’s network expands nationwide to more than 1,500 churches reaching over 300,000 children annually. Upward focuses on being a trusted partner, bringing “proven and innovative solutions to create transformational sports experiences.”
LeaugeApps, a leading provider of youth sports management software solutions, recently published a survey of over 300 youth sports organizers. This comprehensive study reveals how organizers are adapting to the effects of COVID-19 by using digital tools for training, practices, coaching and community building. However, lingering concerns about player health and program effectiveness persist for many organizers and parents. This article will examine the top issues facing youth sports organizers and show how, with the right technology, these issues can be overcome to build a thriving organization.
How is COVID-19 Affecting Youth Sports Programs?
To understand how COVID-19 has changed the marketing, operation and administration of youth sports programs, it’s critical to first assess the current environment. The LeagueApps study includes nation-wide data from a wide variety of sports programs. Also included in the report is polling data from parents with children that are actively involved in sports programs. Altogether, this data provides clear indicators for how sports programs should change their operations, and the primary concerns among parents and players about program continuation.
Key findings of the report include the following:
COVID-19 has accelerated trends in youth sports that were growing in popularity before the pandemic.
These trends include the adoption of digital applications frequently used by businesses (e.g. Zoom, Google Hangout), social media and virtual coaching platforms.
Responding quickly and appropriately will determine whether organizations successfully navigate the “new normal.”
Effective responses must include plans for remaining financially viable, ensuring players stay engaged and assuring parents about player safety. 54% of parents are unsure that their children’s sports programs will survive the pandemic effects.
Youth Sports Organizers are Using Virtual Meeting Tools to Adapt
60% of organizers surveyed said that they plan to use downtime during COVID-19 to focus on rebuilding their systems, processes and technology infrastructure. For most respondents, “technology infrastructure” means deploying some kind of virtual training and coaching capabilities.
In fact, the usage of virtual meeting technology was prevalent among almost all survey respondents, regardless of the program sport. Despite rapid adoption, the effectiveness of these new tools and their attractiveness to players varies significantly depending on the application(s) chosen.
A substantial majority of organizers are using virtual meeting tools or social media as interim virtual coaching solutions:
50% of respondents are using Zoom or a similar business-focused webinar and meeting tools.
25% of respondents are using common social media applications like Instagram.
How Effective are Virtual Meeting Tools for Youth Sports Programs?
While these tools have served sports programs as a temporary workaround, they will ultimately not provide the comprehensive solutions required for effective virtual coaching.
1 | They are insufficient as standalone communication platforms:
Many users have reported experiencing significant emotional and physical drain after using programs like Zoom; this is commonly called “Zoom fatigue”. While it can offer simple real-time 2-way communication, Zoom’s potentially negative side-effects can be mitigated by combining it with a virtual coaching platform (discussed below).
Popular social media applications like Instagram and Facebook have many features that make them distracting while in use. These applications are specifically designed to keep users preoccupied with notifications, news feeds and advertisements.
2 | They are not built for virtual sports coaching:
Business-focused meeting tools like Zoom don’t facilitate team building opportunities like leaderboards, progress tracking and much more.
Many online meeting tools also lack any communication capabilities outside of when the meeting is currently in session. Effective, multi-channel (i.e. text and email) messaging is a key component of any successful virtual coaching program.
Social media applications and webinar programs are not designed for distance athletic training (e.g. building virtual workout programs, drills and exercise routines).
3 | They don’t support sustainable program growth:
Social media programs and tools like Zoom do not facilitate additional revenue generation for sports programs.
Additionally, online meeting tools do not provide an opportunity for sports programs to truly build their brand through whitelabeling capabilities, etc.
Top COVID-19 Concerns for Youth Sports Organizers and Parents
According to the LeaugueApps survey respondents, the primary impacts of COVID-19 specifically on youth sports are:
Cancellation or delay of Fall sports programs
Generating interest in reformatted programs
Social distancing requirements that restrict safely conducting in-person practices
Parental concerns about player health and program continuation
So, how can youth sports organizers effectively and meaningfully respond to the challenges posed by technology constraints, COVID-19 restrictions and genuine concerns about player safety and program continuation?
The Benefits of Virtual Coaching Platforms
The alternatives to online meeting tools and social media applications are modern virtual coaching platforms (VCPs) designed specifically to facilitate remote communication, athlete training and team building.
Comprehensive and customizable VCPs like MaxOne provide organisers the ability to assure players and parents that their program can offer safe, compliant, highly effective and engaging experiences.
MaxOne’s VCP was built for the challenges facing youth sports programs by offering advantages like the following:
Fight fatigue by combining Zoom with customizable training programs that allow players to proceed at their own pace – taking breaks as necessary to retain their focus and concentration.
Create additional revenue streams to support long-term financial health of the organization.
Mitigate the risk of future organization impacts due to COVID recurrence.
Differentiate program offerings with the most powerful virtual training experience available:
With an industry-leading VCP, organizers and coaches can offer players and parents innovative technology solutions that supplement in-person training and coaching. Benefits of this technology extend beyond a temporary fix for sports programs, including:
Increased player engagement
Helping students develop self-discipline with practice schedules
Greater coaching effectiveness on specific workout programs/techniques
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Regardless of how COVID-19 continues to impact youth sports, new research clearly shows that forward thinking organizers are focused on becoming more flexible, ensuring operational continuity and providing the most value possible to players and parents.
Over the past month, we have pushed several new and exciting product enhancements out the door. Today, we want to highlight a few significant updates that will drastically improve the customer experience. Plan on seeing many more updates and new features in the coming weeks.
Workout Builder Complete Redesign
The MaxOne workout builder has been significantly enhanced to improve user-friendliness and decrease the time it takes coaches to create workouts.
This includes a seamless drag-and-drop editor that allows users to place the exercises they want directly into the workout. Use filters to organize exercises and drills by their prospective training library (skill, strength, education) and customize sets and reps just as you could in the previous version, but this time with a fresh new design leading to increased efficiency for our coaches to get their workouts created faster than ever.
Add Descriptions when Building a Workout
Users now have the ability to add descriptions that will only affect the specific exercise in a workout without changing the description of the drill in the general training library.
For example, if a coach wants their athletes to complete their first rep of bench press at half speed to serve as a warm-up they can now address this by adding a description. When editing the sets and reps of a drill, simply click ‘Edit Description’ to add information with your specific coaching points. This will allow you to provide special notes on drills that are specific to the current workout you’re building.
Workout “Program Builder” Complete Redesign
In addition to enhancing the individual MaxOne workout builder, we’ve also improved the program builder feature. We have kept the same drag-and-drop style to maintain user friendliness but have improved the workflow in creating a multi-week workout program.
Now, when building a workout program, you will be dragging your workouts into specific days in a calendar format making it easier to visualize how you plan to assign this program to your athletes. You can then duplicate weeks to create large programs quicker than before.
Assign a Multi-Week Workout Program
Inside the new program builder, coaches can now assign entire multi-week workout programs to their team in just a few clicks.
In our previous design, coaches had to click each workout in a program in order to assign it to their team. Now, simply select the program, the start date and group of athletes to assign it to and the workout will auto populate the remaining days and weeks of the program.
This will greatly decrease the time it takes to build and deliver full workout programs to your team as well as help you deliver specific programs to specific groups.
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COVID-19 has taken everybody by surprise. With schools closed across much of the United States, practice for spring sports have been cancelled and offseason regimens for all sports have been put on hold. This pandemic has left nearly 36 million youth athletes and their coaches stunned, and unsure of what to do and how to move forward.
While this may spell trouble for many programs, those coaches and teams who are using the MaxOne Team App for coaching, training, and team management can coach their entire team while students are social-distancing at home.
MaxOne’s Team App is being used by hundreds of high schools and colleges across the U.S. to stay connected in a time of limited face-to-face interaction. To date, MaxOne has helped more than 20,000 coaches and 200,000 athletes improve performance ranging from 12-40%, by creating virtual on-demand training environments.
How to keep your athletes active during COVID-19
As classrooms and meetings are turning virtual, it’s still important for coaches to stay connected and keep their athletes moving forward. MaxOne has always been concerned with improving youth sports around the nation and times like this require an all hands on deck approach that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
During this time of uncertainty, MaxOne is here to help give coaches the tools necessary to keep their teams moving in a positive direction. MaxOne is being used by hundreds of high schools and colleges across the U.S. to stay connected in a time of limited face-to-face interaction.
“We’ve spent the last year developing our athletes and working towards a goal. The last thing I would want to see is that progress and momentum lost. The ability to customize at-home workouts for our athletes while they are away from the weight room is extremely helpful,” says Riki Valdez, football coach at Sahuarita High School in Arizona.
In an effort to help athletes and coaches,we are providing our training and communication platform for free to any school or club through the end of May. Sign-up by clicking here.
Communicating with your team and their parents
In addition to MaxOne being a resource for keeping your team physically active, it’s also a great way for your whole program to stay connected. SMS, chat, and email are all available with MaxOne, allowing coaches to get updates and messages out to everyone with ease.
“With the upcoming push towards limited face-to-face interaction, it’s important to our program to continue building a strong foundation for communication. Messaging and chat features paired with customizable content sharing gives our coaching staff confidence that we will continue to move our program forward in this new reality that we are facing,” continues Coach Valdez.
It’s important that we get through this together, and take the necessary steps to weather the storm in its current state. Relationships still need to be built and the new reality of the “virtual locker room” shouldn’t change that.
“With the current state of uncertainty, the MaxOne software is going to really help our coaching staff keep the relationship we have with our athletes going even if we aren’t able to be with them in person. Not to mention the ability it has to keep our parents in the loop as well so they can keep track of all the changes that are occurring.” says
Keith Kilmer, football coach at Lowell High School in Indiana
Change is here, and whether you are ready for it or not, the MaxOne app is a great place to help you get started.
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Here at MaxOne, we are doing our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We’ve closed our headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the near future, but are operating at full capacity as a remote team. If you need assistance, our customers come first so you can count on MaxOne to be there for you.
This article was originally written by Wes Simmons from @3DCoaches and it can originally be found on 3Dinstitute.com, a website dedicated to providing a framework for coaching built on a foundation of purpose and delivered through workshops and online learning. In this article, Wes discusses building trust within your program.
Building a Culture of Trust
Building a culture of trust is imperative if we want our teams to reach their fullest potential. Excellence doesn’t happen by accident. Any sustainable success we achieve is directly related to the processes we conceive. Good processes are what drive good results, so we need to help athletes learn to TRUST the process.
To build extraordinary teams, our team members must learn to TRUST in extraordinary ways.
To establish a culture of trust, it’s helpful to think about how trust needs to work for an athlete in 3 directions: upward, inward and outward.
First, athletes must trust US as their coaches (upward). As those in authority over our teams, we should regularly look in the mirror and ask ourselves questions like, “Do MY attitudes and actions breed trust or do they undermine it?”
As leaders, it’s essential that our words and actions line up. As athletes learn to trust us, they will become much more likely to trust the PROCESSES that we lay out for their development as individuals and as teams.
If our processes are right, and athletes buy into them because of their trust in us, their confidence will be on the rise. With hard work, repetition, and patience, our athletes will begin to trust in their OWN ABILITIES at a new level as well.
In other words, their trust will not only be UPWARD toward you as a coach but INWARD toward themselves. This is an essential character quality that will empower them to not only face adversity in pressurized sport situations but in the pressurized situations of life. If we can establish this type of confidence in our athletes, we set them up for success on and off the field.
Athletes need to trust UPWARD in you as the coach. They also need to trust INWARD in their own developed skill-set. Finally, they need to trust OUTWARD toward their teammates.
When you have a team full of individuals who trust that everyone else on the team will do THEIR job, great things begin to happen. And when it works in all 3 directions, UPWARD, INWARD, and OUTWARD, our culture begins to permeate with trust.
Where To Start
One of the best ways to GAIN trust is to GIVE trust. When we show our athletes that we trust them, that trust will begin to be reciprocated.
Remember, it starts with US. First and foremost, we need to demonstrate ourselves as being worthy to be trusted. One of the best ways to GAIN trust is to GIVE trust. When we show our athletes that we trust them, that trust will begin to be reciprocated. Here’s a short clip from a 3D Coaching Workshop where I was sharing along these lines:
When we’re intentional about giving more trust to our athletes, it should cause us to think carefully about the role of rules on our teams. Team rules are important, but we must always be willing to (re)evaluate our team rules in the light of relationships. Besides protecting people from various forms of harm, I believe rules should mostly exist to protect relationships.
If we want to build a culture of trust, we need relationships to flourish in every direction.
If this is our desire, as Joe Ehrmann has convincingly demonstrated, we really only need to enact 2 primary team rules:
Coaches love your athletes
Athletes love each other
If these rules define the boundaries for our programs, relationships will thrive, trust will skyrocket, and we will be well on our way to creating great team cohesion.
This article was written by Mark Maguire who is the President of Castle Hill Knights Baseball Club. The article was posted on CoachUp, a great resource for finding a coach for personalized training. This article gives insight on how coaches can improve their mentality to better themselves and their program.
Everyone loves to win. Though some can deal with losses better than others, I think it’s fair to say the obvious—nobody loves to lose. I have never seen a team of athletes, whether young or old (coaches and parents included), NOT jump for joy and celebrate with gusto from winning a game after a long stretch of losing. Winning tastes better after losing.
Coaches have a default system built nicely into their DNA—and that is to win.
No, coach, you’re not a bad person for wanting to win; you’re not a bad person for wanting all the right ingredients given to you to help you win; you’re not a bad person to even expect the support from your club so you can lead your team to win. And you know what would make winning even better—if all the players and parents who are involved in your team like you and said awesome things about you. Everyone would sleep well and there wouldn’t be any issues to deal with. Yes, winning… and when everyone’s a winner… that can’t help but taste good.
But let’s get back to the default system built into you that wants to win and to tackle a season that you already perceive will be full of downsides, frustration and losses. (If you’re an awesome coach with an awesome team with an awesome plan, you maybe wasting your time reading any further).
There is something you probably already know and probably don’t need reminding but I’m going to say it anyway: don’t focus on winning.
Winning is a result, an outcome. It’s similar to the fact that when you focus on wanting to be loved and you try everything in your power for others to love you, the outcome is the person or group you want to love you, is turned off by you.
In every aspect of life we all must let go of the outcomes; they are too far away and hinder us from working on the one thing we have control over—ourselves.
Coaching Yourself First
Whatever group of athletes you’re working with this season, you’re teaching individuals techniques and skills to add to their repertoire so they’ll not only be better players but they’ll also contribute to the team better. You’re working on the here and now and what is in front of you. The outcome will take care of itself. And if the weekly outcome of the individual or the team is not what you hoped for, then you evaluate what has happened and keep working on the skills, techniques or even the respect for the game that you’re aiming for.
Coach, you make the difference.
But now, here is the big thing, and I hope you are sitting down and not going to skim through this paragraph.
The first and foremost person you’re coaching and are responsible for is YOU.
I see it all the time when coaches (also parents and players) are complaining about what’s wrong, blaming others for their frustrations, and making excuses for why their situation is dire.
Coach, if you want to have any chance, you must STOP all these negative behaviours. These only reveal your own insecurities and fears about the outcomes of your team and yourself. You have lost focus on your own personal growth and what you’re learning and correcting about yourself.
I’ll say it again, the one and only thing you can control is yourself: your reactions, your mindset, your attitude!
If you’re prone to complaining, excuse making or blaming others, it doesn’t create a good mix if you’re prone to wanting to win. Unfortunately, very few make the effort to show self-control to stop these traits.
There is no fancy formula here to speaking and acting differently. Self control is the key. Start with stopping to think about what you’re about to say. If a complaint, excuse, or a finger-pointing blame is about to slip out of your mouth—STOP! Say nothing. Only say something if it is constructive, or encouraging, or helpful.
Breathe deeply and refocus on how you need to act or react to your current situation.
The default for any coach who is having a tough time (real or imaginary) is to try anything and possibly sacrifice anything to muster up a win.
Don’t, however, sacrifice the overall good you want to create by teaching higher values of the game and having higher expectations of your young athletes. Eventually, you will be known to have made a positive difference and that difference will last a lifetime for those fine human beings entrusted in your care.
This article was originally posted by Dr. Cory Dobbs, on Football Toolbox. Dobbs is a national expert on sport leadership and team building and is the founder of The Academy for Sport Leadership. A teacher, speaker, consultant, and writer, Dr. Dobbs has worked with professional, collegiate, and high school athletes and coaches teaching leadership as a part of the sports experience. In this article he talks about the two distinct difference between two dominant leadership styles, drivers and builders.
We often talk about a leader having a “style” of leadership, a distinctive way of thinking, feeling, and acting. And it is true; coaches do have a style that shapes who they are and what they do. The relationship between style and leadership is expressed as a systematic process in how a coach gets things done and inspires his or her players to be their very best.
Over the past decade I have watched many coaches in action and have detected a distinct difference between two dominant leadership styles. There are many ways to describe the leadership habits of coaches, but it appears to me that as leaders most fall into one of two categories—drivers or builders. Drivers tend to be what leadership experts refer to as transactional leaders while builders fall pretty naturally into the category of transformational leaders. Drivers and builders have two very different leadership mindsets and skill sets.
Drivers are generally after impressive achievements, especially the attainment of fame, status, popularity, or power. Not that there is anything wrong with that, as Jerry Seinfeld would say. Drivers view success to be mastery of the technical and tactical aspects of their sport. Builders commit to their calling and enjoy the human development side of coaching. For them, significance is found in contributing to the lives of their players. It’s not that they don’t want to win; it’s simply that winning includes building self-confident people who will succeed away from the playing field.
Coaching is a major factor in any team’s success. Most players recognize this. They’ve been coached since they were tots playing in youth leagues. And for the most part they’ve believed in and trusted their coaches to teach them to play the game while instilling life skills and personal values. However, many adults reveal years later that they learned little from coaches they encountered in their student-athletic experience. Generally, the coaches that fail to have a long-term impact on student-athletes are transactional leaders. Many former student-athletes view their experience as being a pawn in the game of student-athletics.
Transformational leaders (builders) do more with and for their student-athletes than transactional leaders (drivers). These leaders tend to empower student-athletes with challenge and persuasion and actively engage in supporting and mentoring the holistic development of their players. Transformational leaders seek to inspire their followers to commit to a shared vision of how student-athletics can enhance their lives. For the transformational leader the sport situation offers an opportunity for the participant to learn such life skills as perseverance, character development, relationship building, and goal attainment.
Transactional leaders, on the other hand, are those that prefer to set up simple interactional exchanges or agreements with their followers, often investing little in building relationships. They manage players through the use of carrots and sticks—offering a reward (usually playing time) for a desired behavior. These leaders are those that often use the maxim “the bench is my best teacher.”
This is a prime example of contingent reinforcement—you do “X” and I’ll give you “Y.” A transformational leader, while certainly not shy to use the bench as a learning tool, would not view the bench as a teacher—that’s a role they cherish. The transactional coach keeps his or her distance from the athlete, preferring to have a “distant” relationship. Some coaches will fake the relational process, but the lack of authenticity is quickly recognized by the student-athlete. The transformational coach is more likely to spend time building relationships with players and showing them he or she cares. Their mindset is that people aren’t going to care about you and your concerns unless they know you care about theirs.
Transformational leaders don’t do this just to be nice, they understand it to be an effective and appropriate way to deal with young and developing student-athletes. Building relations is not a road block to success as many coaches find that because they show they care about the person, they can ask for and demand more performance. Think about it. Are you more likely to extend yourself for someone you care about or someone you don’t like and care for?
Coaches do many things. They inspire and motivate, they teach and instruct, and they set an example. More than anything else, however, coaches help the student-athletes make sense of some of life’s most important lessons.
Over time many coaches move from a driver dominated way of coaching to that of a builder. Take for example Westmont College men’s basketball coach John Moore. “Coaching and teaching is more meaningful for me today than it was eight to ten years ago,” said Moore. “It is more significant because of the kinds of things that are important in coaching. Someone once said to me, ‘You don’t have a philosophy of coaching until you get to 15 years as a head coach.’ I discounted that originally, but there was a point for me, and it was in that 15-year range, that I realized that I had a philosophy of coaching – that makes it more meaningful for me and more meaningful for my players.”
Being a driver, a transactional leader, can be very effective in producing immediate results. However, the constant pounding and intimidating of your student-athletes will reduce the motivation of most student-athletes. Student-athletes prefer to be guided and seek motivation from the collaborative process of coaching. Even the most self-motivated player will lose their drive if you don’t provide them with positive reinforcement and a sense of worth.
Transformational coaches appeal to players by working with the athletes to create a compelling and collective purpose; a purpose beyond individual ambition that enriches the possibilities of each team member. By valuing both relationships and results, a builder’s influence leads to higher levels of trust, empowerment, and community.
For builders, the real definition of success is a life and work that brings personal fulfillment, lasting relationships, and makes a difference in the world in which they live.
Put results first. Relationships are subordinate to results, a means to an end.
Put people first. Relationships are priorities to producing results.
Make the decisions. Drivers like being decisive and in control. Drivers set the agenda.
Stress team capabilities. Builders want to build systems and talent.
Possess a controlling spirit. They feel if they can control people, they’ll maintain absolute authority.
Get others involved. Builders seek input from other coaches and value input from players.
Resort to more regulations. Drivers use rules and regulations to enforce compliance. Drivers want things done their way.
Let solutions emerge. Builders don’t try to tackle every problem knowing that some problems solve themselves.
Crack the whip. Drivers keep pressure on for accountability. Come down hard when goals aren’t attained.
Take a long-term focus. Builders assemble players, programs, and processes.
Take a short-term focus. Drivers tend to focus on the day’s or week’s results.
Are mission driven. It’s the mission that sets the priorities.
Focus on “what” have you done for me lately? Enough said.
Are servant leaders. What’s my contribution? Builders possess a mental model stimulated by a “What can I contribute to the lives of my players” approach to leading.
Get “in your face.” Drivers thrive on confrontation. “My way or the highway”.
Embrace empowerment. Builders work to prepare others for leadership roles.
Aremore critical than positive. Drivers find it difficult to accentuate the positive.
Support identity of team. No two teams will ever be the same. Builders see value in the diversity of personalities.
Power trip. Fear giving away power. Empowering student-athletes to become team leaders is not a priority.
Vision is the main course, not an appetizer. Builders weigh the costs of today’s decisions on tomorrow.
Span of vision. Concern is for results today regardless of costs tomorrow.
About the Author
Dr. Cory Dobbs is a national expert on sport leadership and team building and is the founder of The Academy for Sport Leadership. A teacher, speaker, consultant, and writer, Dr. Dobbs has worked with professional, collegiate, and high school athletes and coaches teaching leadership as a part of the sports experience. He facilitates workshops, seminars, and consults with a wide-range of professional organizations and teams. Dr. Dobbs previously taught in the graduate colleges of business and education at Northern Arizona University, Sport Management and Leadership at Ohio University, and the Jerry Colangelo College of Sports Business at Grand Canyon University.
The late John Wooden once said, “You can’t have confidence unless you are prepared.” Much of players’ lack of mental toughness (i.e., lack of focus, confidence, control under pressure) is simply due to a lack of preparation.
And now you’re probably wondering, “So how exactly do I develop mental toughness in my players?” Let me offer several suggestions:
Teach, over and over and… Do your players understand what habits are essential for success? Have you communicated those habits to them? As a teacher, I’ve realized my students don’t get most of what I say in my first explanation. Why should I expect my players to be any different? Teach, then repeat, repeat, repeat.
Help players focus on the process of improvement rather than on the outcome. Win or lose, players must 1) learn from both failures AND successes and 2) exhibit an unwavering level of effort and intensity. In order for this to occur, we as coaches must point out the positives and improvements seen in players’ performances. In addition, we must demand excellence and maintain high expectations for players. As for the effort and intensity…
Constantly emphasize appropriate “attitude and effort.” We encourage our players to focus on what we can control. Opponents’ abilities, officials, and other outside forces – those things are out of our control. Focus on what we can control: our attitude and effort.
Develop a motivational climate that fosters mental toughness. This is accomplished by creating an environment in which task mastery, self-improvement, effort, and dedication are encouraged and rewarded.
NBA veteran Anthony Tolliver is known league wide as the ultimate team player. With that said, it should come as no surprise that the ultimate team player, Tolliver, has teamed up with the ultimate team platform, MaxOne for a long-term partnership.
MaxOne and Detroit Forward Anthony Tolliver are extremely excited to announce a partnership focused on growing the game of basketball and providing motivated athletes and coaches access to NBA quality workouts and training.
“I have always had a passion for helping players develop both on and off the court. MaxOne shares that passion and is a phenomenal platform designed to build stronger teams. I’m extremely excited about what we can do together to grow the game of basketball”
A leader and influencer amongst his peers, Tolliver was elected as Vice President of the NBA Players Association. More than a strong leader on the court and in the locker room, Tolliver also prides himself on his business acumen and has brought his high energy approach to other partnerships that have matched his interests and values.
Upon hearing about MaxOne, Tolliver wanted to try it for himself. After using the skill and strength features of the MaxOne app Tolliver immediately became a believer.
“I wish I would have had a tool like this coming up. It makes training so simple and allows me to track the work that I’m putting in. MaxOne should be used from the lowest levels to the highest. I plan to use MaxOne with my trainers and find ways to help young athletes improve their games.”
Stay tuned for new and exciting initiatives from MaxOne and Anthony Tolliver.
This article was written by Amy Morin as a preview of her book: “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”. This article isn’t sports specific, but discusses principles that can be applied to anyone’s sports program.
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do
Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in life. Check out these things that mentally strong people don’t do so that you too can become more mentally strong.
1. They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves
Mentally strong people don’t sit around feeling sorry about their circumstances or how others have treated them. Instead, they take responsibility for their role in life and understand that life isn’t always easy or fair.
2. They Don’t Give Away Their Power
They don’t allow others to control them, and they don’t give someone else power over them. They don’t say things like, “My boss makes me feel bad,” because they understand that they are in control over their own emotions and they have a choice in how they respond.
3. They Don’t Shy Away from Change
Mentally strong people don’t try to avoid change. Instead, they welcome positive change and are willing to be flexible. They understand that change is inevitable and believe in their abilities to adapt.
4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control
You won’t hear a mentally strong person complaining over lost luggage or traffic jams. Instead, they focus on what they can control in their lives. They recognize that sometimes, the only thing they can control is their attitude.
5. They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone
Mentally strong people recognize that they don’t need to please everyone all the time. They’re not afraid to say no or speak up when necessary. They strive to be kind and fair, but can handle other people being upset if they didn’t make them happy.
6. They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks
They don’t take reckless or foolish risks, but don’t mind taking calculated risks. Mentally strong people spend time weighing the risks and benefits before making a big decision, and they’re fully informed of the potential downsides before they take action.
7. They Don’t Dwell on the Past
Mentally strong people don’t waste time dwelling on the past and wishing things could be different. They acknowledge their past and can say what they’ve learned from it. However, they don’t constantly relive bad experiences or fantasize about the glory days. Instead, they live for the present and plan for the future.
8. They Don’t Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over
They accept responsibility for their behavior and learn from their past mistakes. As a result, they don’t keep repeating those mistakes over and over. Instead, they move on and make better decisions in the future.
9. They Don’t Resent Other People’s Success
Mentally strong people can appreciate and celebrate other people’s success in life. They don’t grow jealous or feel cheated when others surpass them. Instead, they recognize that success comes with hard work, and they are willing to work hard for their own chance at success.
10. They Don’t Give Up After the First Failure
They don’t view failure as a reason to give up. Instead, they use failure as an opportunity to grow and improve. They are willing to keep trying until they get it right.
11. They Don’t Fear Alone Time
Mentally strong people can tolerate being alone and they don’t fear silence. They aren’t afraid to be alone with their thoughts and they can use downtime to be productive. They enjoy their own company and aren’t dependent on others for companionship and entertainment all the time but instead can be happy alone.
12. They Don’t Feel the World Owes Them Anything
They don’t feel entitled to things in life. They weren’t born with a mentality that others would take care of them or that the world must give them something. Instead, they look for opportunities based on their own merits.
13. They Don’t Expect Immediate Results
Whether they are working on improving their health or getting a new business off the ground, mentally strong people don’t expect immediate results. Instead, they apply their skills and time to the best of their ability and understand that real change takes time.