Brooke Tomasetti

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How to Deal with Difficult Parents as a Coach: The Complete Guide

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

In every coach's career, it is inevitable that they will at some point be faced with the wrath of an angry or overly aggressive parent. You might be faced with that parent who is convinced that their eleven-year-old son or daughter is cut out for the pros. Or maybe you have a belligerent parent terrorizing the other team's players from the sidelines.

Whatever the case, fear not, as we have gathered up the most helpful tips for sports coaches to deal with difficult parents.

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Tags: Advice, Basketball, Guides, Coaching

The Single Greatest Piece of Advice for New Sports Coaches: 13 Coaches Share Their Wisdom

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Being a coach is an incredibly rewarding experience that comes with its own unique challenges.

We asked a wide variety of sports coaches with different backgrounds and years of experience the same question:

What is the single greatest piece of advice you would give to a new sports coach?

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Tags: Advice, Lacrosse, Basketball, Football, Guides, Baseball, Little Leage, Coaching

Basketball Gifts for the 2015 Holiday Season

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Thu, Dec 03, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

The basketball season is officially underway - and so is the holiday season! If you're slacking on your holiday shopping this year, use this basketball gift guide for inspiration. Your favorite basketball player, coach or fan will thank you.

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Tags: Basketball

Youth Basketball Tournaments: Tips for Coaches

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Teaching children how to play a sport is an effective tool that can not only teach the fundamentals of the game, but can also instill discipline, work ethic, and several other skills that can be used in everyday life.

While playing basketball is a fun activity for kids of any age, there are many who play in an organized league where competition is at the forefront. We've pulled a wealth of tips and strategies for coaches coaching in youth basketball tournaments.

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Tags: Advice, Basketball, Coaching

Top 5 Best Basketball Blogs for Coaches

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

It's not always easy to find the information you're looking for among all of the videos, cat memes, GIFs, and other noise on social media and the rest of the web. Sometimes you just want to have a central place to go to for trustworthy, helpful information that you can apply to your practices, games, and life in general. 

Stop getting distracted by your out of hand newsfeed, and bookmark these awesome basketball blogs for coaches:

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Tags: Basketball, Coaching

Coach's Toolkit: 5 Simple Basketball Games for Kids

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

As all coaches know, basketball can very quickly become competitive - aggressive even - if we let our teams spend all their time playing five on five games. The number one goal of youth basketball, however, is supposed to be to have fun.

Every coach wants to help their players have so much fun that all of them return to play the following season. Therefore, it's important to learn and then incorporate a few fun basketball games for kids to play at practice. 

Listed below are five simple basketball games for kids of all ages, heights and skill levels. The games build off the basketball drills for kids that we highlighted in a previous post focusing on basic basketball fundamentals. These games are all intended to help improve basic skills while letting players have fun: 

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Tags: Basketball

Hockey Gifts for the 2015 Holiday Season

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

With hockey season and the holiday season upon us, it's time to make your holiday gifting game plan! We have scoured the internet to find some of the more creative ice hockey gift ideas for your favorite ice hockey player this season. 

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Tags: Ice Hockey, Guides

The Most Common Mistakes Youth Football Coaches Make (And How to Avoid Them)

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Nov 03, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Whether this is your first year coaching or you are a seasoned youth football coach, every coach is forever a student to the game. And every great coach knows that in order to improve their players, they must constantly be learning new coaching processes and techniques.

Many coaches, however, fall prey to the most common mistakes that youth football coaches make. Some of these can take the enjoyment out of coaching that season, or prevent your team from being as successful as it could have. 

We have compiled a must-read list of common mistakes coaches make when coaching youth football, and how to avoid them.

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Tags: Football, Coaching

Why Warm Up Suits Are Necessary for Your Athletes

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Terry is the best player in the club. With his quick responses and ability to sense the moves of the opposing team, he has an innate feel for winning the next goal. However, because of the physical demands of the game, even he requires an occasional rest. During this time, he maintains readiness for the next session of play.

In order for him to be at his best, his muscles must remain limber. His best ally is warmth, in the form of warm up suits.

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Tags: Advice, Team Gear Packages, Travel Suits, training gear, athletic apparel, team sports apparel, Team Purchases

Basketball Team Gear Essentials and the Best Way to Order Them

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Basketball season is quickly approaching. Along with tryouts and selecting players for the team, if you are a coach you are likely in charge of dealing with selecting and ordering basketball team gear. You might know why it's important for you team to have matching gear, but what exactly should you order this season?

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Tags: Team Gear Packages, Basketball

Coach's Toolkit: Basketball Drills for Kids

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Coaching youth basketball is a great way to help get young athletes ready for middle school, junior high, or high school basketball. You are able to teach them the fundamentals of the game, team work, and most importantly, sportsmanship. The basketball drills you teach your players at practice will set the stage for their future success as leaders and athletes, as well as their love of the sport. 

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Tags: Basketball

Why Athletes Dominate in Under Armour Team Uniforms and Apparel

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Under Armour consistently churns out new, impressive athletic apparel and uniforms.

In previous years, the brand added new functionality and design to their apparel. The ArmourVent patented mesh fabric that came out in 2013 enhanced their HeatGear® line that keeps athletes dry and cool in the heat.

More recently, Under Armour's ArmourGrid technology, used to create the new football jerseys for teams such as Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Maryland, and Auburn, is touted to be 'ungrabbable.' This 'toughest jersey ever made' is created with strong, super-durable fabric that has 4-way stretch in the side sections, sleeves, and shoulders. The material is designed to keep players cool, comfortable, and mobile. 

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Tags: Under Armour, team apparel performance

Raising Money? Check Out These Creative Football Fundraising Ideas

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

We’re all familiar with the annual bake sales and car washes that football teams put on each year. And sadly, sometimes all we see are these same old fundraisers over and overBoring is not the word you want to describe your fundraiser. You want people to feel lucky to be able to give money to something really beneficial for the community. Or who genuinely feel that whatever is being sold is worth what they’re paying. That’s the reaction that you want to get from your fundraisers – people who are not only willing, but happy to fund your football team – and this article is all about creative ideas to do just that. 

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Tags: Fundraising, team sports fundraising, Football

Custom Fan Gear Success: US Women's National Soccer Team Kits by Nike

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Oct 06, 2015 @ 08:04 AM

It has been a few months since the United States won the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, but the buzz is still going. A lot of that talk is surrounding the custom fan gear designed by Nike, which continues to be a hit with soccer fans. 

Coaches, athletes, league managers, and anyone else who is in charge of ordering fan or team gear should get out their notepad and learn from the pros. 

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Tags: Online Fan Shops, Team Gear Packages

Custom Pinnies & Uniform Socks: Why Matching Team Gear is Essential

Posted by Brooke Tomasetti on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

Whether you are coaching a youth baseball team or a high school basketball team, the question of team gear is sure to rear its head every season. For teams that don't have the budget of a Division I football program, it can be tempting to skip team apparel and practice gear altogether. By doing this, however, you can impact team performace and team dynamics. 

Read on to learn why team gear such as custom pinnies are invaluable and essential for your team. 

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Tags: training gear, custom team uniforms, team sports apparel, uniforms