How To Handle Not Winning

Before watching the video below, you should know that I don’t believe in using the word “Losing” except to reference, FOR OTHERS, events when you don’t win (so they know what you’re talking about).  The  truth about a game, match or meet is that there is no real reason for athletes to use the word.   Read More.

4 Things Coaches Look For In Volleyball Tryouts

What do volleyball coaches look for in team tryouts?  From my experience of coaching at the high school, club and collegiate level, there are three important categories at all levels: athleticism, skill and will. 1. Athleticism This has elements that can be trained and others that cannot.  For example, height cannot be affected by training Read More.

Gymnasts and Cheerleaders: Getting Over Fear

Fear is a tricky subject all trackers, free runners, gymnasts, or any athlete has to face. Let me introduce myself. My name is Raven McCarthy from The Colony, TX. I do Freerunning, coaching, music, and run a parkour team in Dallas. I was a gymnast for nine years and a freerunner for five. Within those Read More.

Mental Cross Training For Performance Breakthroughs

As an athlete looking for tips and advice on how to get to the next level in your sport, you might be missing out on a very powerful resource that could give you an edge over your competition. You see, the typical athlete that I work with has a coach who has experience in that Read More.

How To Coach U8 Soccer Practice

Each age group of youth soccer teams comes with its own set of challenges and rewards. Here we will focus on a typical session for under 8 players, addressing their needs and learning styles in order to optimize their learning whilst maintaining a fun, engaging environment. Before we look at some practice session examples it’s Read More.

3 Biggest Mistakes Volleyball Players Make In Training

Training for any sport is a huge factor determining whether or not an athlete will be successful.  One of the biggest mistakes an athlete or a coach can make is not utilizing the principle of specificity, where the training must match the physical demands of the specific sport.   Volleyball is an anaerobic or stop Read More.

The One Best Lesson a Coach Can Give the Team for the Season

It has been said that athletics is a great developer and teacher of character. There is a great deal of truth in that statement, but it also is a great revealer of character. I’m sure there are numerous examples that come to mind when you think of high profile athletes, in the professional, collegiate and Read More.

What To Do When The Nerves Get To You In Sports Competition

Ok, this is part 6 of our series of techniques and strategies for how to play your best game even when under pressure.  Let’s quickly review the first 5 tactics shall we? 1. Mentally rehearse being in pressured situations. Plan how you will think at that moment and imagine perfect execution of your skills. 2. Read More.

How To Stop Sabotaging Your Performance Under Pressure

Pressure tip #5. When athletes or other performers are just about to do their thing under extreme pressure of having to execute their skills, a curious thing happens… A part of your mind tries to take over and guide you to do it correctly. It wants to make sure that you have covered all of Read More.