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

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

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

Football Training Guide [10/2014] - Strength, Good Hips and Rest are Vital.

Posted by Andrew Walters on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

Successful football programs don’t just train, but know how to train.

 

Preseason football workouts should be comprised of four strength-based training days per week. This is where most teams make the mistake.Train insane or remain the same”. NOT TRUE. The body needs adequate rest for muscles to repair after a hard workout. Any more than four days and these oh-so-important muscles aren’t able to heal properly. The body needs at least one day of complete rest in order to execute at peak performance. This day would be ideal to go over film or meet as a team to cover personnel and formations for the upcoming season and games.

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Tags: Football, Training

Team Gear Guide for Summer Camp Success

Posted by Erin Philbrick on Wed, May 07, 2014 @ 01:24 PM

Summer camps are quickly approaching, and team gear packages are one of many items on your end of school year agenda.  As your students prepare for pool parties and summer vacation, you struggle with grading report cards, finishing lesson plans, and signing your team members up for summer sports camp.  Many coaches wear the hats of teacher, coach, and mentor, which means that preparing for summer camp may be the last thing you're ready to tackle this spring.    

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Tags: Under Armour, moisture management, Cost-Saving Tips, Choosing a Team Dealer, Sport-Tek, Lacrosse, team sports apparel, team gear delivery time, Track & Field, Basketball, Adidas, Football

Better Than the Rest: What it Means to Retire an Athlete's Jersey

Posted by Todd Grant on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 @ 12:14 PM

It doesn’t take long for most professional athletes to become a distant memory in the minds of even the most diehard fans. However, those who are blessed with the health and ability necessary for long, hall-of-fame-level careers have a way of overcoming time’s onslaught and marking their places in history. Teams symbolize these athletes’ efforts by retiring their jerseys, raising them to the rafters or affixing them to stadium walls.  Yet, on-field success is not always the motivation for retiring a player's number.  Athletes and coaches can inspire in more ways than technical prowess. 

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Tags: In the News, Football

Should the Washington Redskins Change their Name, Mascot and Uniforms?

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

The controversy isn't new.  Simply stated, Native  Americans are urging the owner of the Washington Redskins NFL team to change their name as the word Redskin is an offensive and derogarory word to most Native Americans.  Daniel Snyder, the current owner of the Washington Redskins penned what some would describe as a heartfelt letter to his fans, explaining that the name Redskin was meant with pride and history, a badge of honor if you will, and the valuable tradition of the team would be in peril if the name Redskin was stripped from their uniforms.  So here is my perspective on the situation from a purely editorial view point: Daniel is wrong, he needs to let go and show the power of a gracious and good deed to the whole world.

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Tags: Gary's Corner, Football, NFL

Throwback Controversy: Is Old School Football Apparel a Safety Issue?

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Oct 08, 2013 @ 10:00 PM
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Tags: Football

Let's Talk about a Good Guy, Ever Heard of JJ Watt?

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Tue, Oct 01, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

After my two previous blog posts (the first was about Ndamukong Suh's nasty on the field behavior, the second about the NCAA's refusal to pay college athletes a fair wage), one would think I am full of sour grapes and rotten tomatoes.  I am here this week to say, thats just not so. 

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Tags: Gary's Corner, Football

The NCAA's Refusal to Pay Student Athletes, Total Hypocrisy

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

With Johnny Football's recent suspension for allegedly getting a small payment for signing autographs and last week's admission by NFL player Arian Foster of receiving payments while playing in college, the controversy and hypocrisy of paying student athletes is a very hot topic. At the center of the discussion is the notion that students are scholar athletes and the idea of incentivizing them with money for their dedication or performance will some how violate the long standing tradition that it is simply their duty and privilege to play.

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Tags: Ice Hockey, Gary's Corner, Team Values, Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports

Ndamukong Suh Should be Thrown out of the NFL, Uniform and All

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

If you haven't seen the recent news about Ndamukong Suh's record $100,000 fine then take a read here. Now lets take a closer look at the NFL's decision to fine Mr. Suh and examine the hypocracy of their actions.

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Tags: Gary's Corner, Team Values, Football, Football Uniforms

I am not Impressed by the 2013 NFL Football Uniforms, are you?

Posted by Gary Goldberg on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 @ 04:17 PM

I was and remained excited that the start to the 2013 NFL season has finally arrived. In fact, my two sons and I spent the better part of Sunday soaking in as much live action as we could considering it was a beautiful day here in the northeast. While the player action has not disappointed and the usual dynasty teams are showing their age, all in all the uniforms are coming in as the biggest losers involved in any of the professional competition.

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Tags: Gary's Corner, Football, Football Uniforms

The Oregon Effect: Does Team Apparel Impact Recruiting?

Posted by Todd Grant on Tue, Sep 03, 2013 @ 03:44 PM

If you’ve been watching college football recently, you may have noticed that some of the nation’s most recognizable programs have become, well, unrecognizable. This is because college football programs are increasingly opting to change their teams’ uniforms on a year-to-year, if not game-to-game, basis. Many pundits have tied this phenomenon to the University of Oregon Ducks, college football’s original uniform tinkerers. The Ducks have long been associated with striking uniform designs that prominently feature the school’s colors—green and yellow—along with black, white, and grey. However, in recent years, the Ducks have been trotting out a new uniform combination for every game. How and why is a school with a distinguished athletic department deciding to become the chameleon of college sports?

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Tags: Uniform Performance, Football

Hi-Tech Fabrics Will Revolutionize Football Team Uniforms and Gear

Posted by Todd Grant on Thu, Jul 04, 2013 @ 11:20 AM

Conditions can vary wildly during the football season, even during the course of a single game. Practice starts with two-a-days late in the summer, which, especially in the hotter regions of the United States, can be grueling under sweltering heat. Flash forward to the big Thanksgiving game and it could be snowing. During a game, conditions can be clear at kickoff and rainy and muddy by the end of the fourth quarter. Football rarely stops for bad weather conditions. Because of this, and because of the huge swing in temperature from the beginning to the end of the season, football is among the most challenging sports for which to choose uniforms and training apparel.

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Tags: Uniform Performance, moisture management, Football