Busting Myths about Mental Toughness: How to Develop Mental Strength in Youth Athletes

A common question that I get from coaches is: How can I make my athletes more mentally tough? For as big of a buzz word as mental toughness is though, the concept is a black box. In this post, I’ll open up that box and bust 4 harmful myths about mental toughness. Dispelling these myths … Continue reading Busting Myths about Mental Toughness: How to Develop Mental Strength in Youth Athletes

Coaching Biases Part III: Confirmation Biases in Coaching

Becoming aware of and working to change our biases requires mental yoga. We have to be aware of our thoughts, consider assumptions underlining these beliefs, and be brave—open to perspectives that might stretch our point of view (like when your yoga instructor “invites” you to do that flying pigeon pose). If you’re feeling the mental … Continue reading Coaching Biases Part III: Confirmation Biases in Coaching

Coaching Biases Part II: Similarity bias in our coaching practice & the profession 

Welcome back to the both-and baggage check. This series of posts is meant to help coaches (and sport leaders) check the baggage we carry: bias. If you read part one and are coming back for more—fantastic! You’ve picked up what I’ve tried to put down. No matter your life stage, background, or identity, biases are … Continue reading Coaching Biases Part II: Similarity bias in our coaching practice & the profession 

Coaching Biases Part I: We “B-E-S-T” Check Our Baggage

A few weeks ago I went to the Michigan Law School to watch a close friend, and college soccer teammate, graduate. I was smiling so hard during the ceremony that my cheekbones hurt by the end. Our former goalkeeper, the wall of our backline, and anchor of our defense had now conquered law school. That … Continue reading Coaching Biases Part I: We “B-E-S-T” Check Our Baggage

Mental Skills Training for Young Athletes: Butterflies and Spaghetti Toes

Mental skills training has gained increased traction in sports as a way to give athletes a competitive edge. While the importance of an athlete’s “mental game” is more commonly talked about in our pre- or post-game conversations, we — sport coaches, athletes, parents, and fans — often define “the mental game” in vague, abstract terms. … Continue reading Mental Skills Training for Young Athletes: Butterflies and Spaghetti Toes

What I Learned From Coaching Boys

This past fall I coached high school boys’ soccer for the first time. Over the last 8 years, most of my coaching experience has been with adolescent girls. My first opportunity to coach was with a high school girls’ team, and at the time coaching girls seemed natural and obvious. I don’t remember actively thinking … Continue reading What I Learned From Coaching Boys

Outside the Lines: Navigating Broader Social Issues in Sport Coaching

The Gist: Athletics, including youth sport, is becoming increasingly diverse. While social issues may seem less relevant to youth sport coaching, navigating these matters is critical for coaches to support athletes as players and people. As coaches, we need to critically consider who we are, the identities/histories of our athletes, and features of our sport … Continue reading Outside the Lines: Navigating Broader Social Issues in Sport Coaching