Managing Pressure

by marcia m on August 29, 2016

Here is an interesting take from last May on the NY Yankees approach to managing pressure. Their mental conditioning expert Chris Passarella would like to eradicate the use of the term altogether and thereby reduce the hold that pressure has on all athletes.  In his estimation pressure is simply created by the athlete based on […]

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Perspective

by marcia m on May 16, 2016

Nice little article explaining who Ronaldo considers the best coach and why. “We had an important game in the Champions League and I said, ‘Coach I need to go to see my daddy’ and I was a key player, I was a very important player and he said, ‘Listen, your personal life, your family is […]

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In a new post on the USA Volleyball site John Kessel presents a big change in his teaching and feedback. Based on the work of Gabrielle Wulf, the author of a textbook Attention and Motor Skill Learning,  Kessel  has transitioned to using an external focus of attention for the athlete when giving feedback.  He no […]

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Poppovich

by marcia m on November 8, 2015

I recently came across this gem of an interview on the site Hoops Hype with the great Gregg Popovich.  He is one of the best examples of how to authentically integrate values and character into your team. The interview gets right to a really important point: what do we really mean when we say character?  […]

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Who has the hot hand?

by marcia m on October 20, 2015

Recently I re-read a piece by Gretchen Reynolds in the Science section of the New York Times which presented interesting data on “hot hands” in sports. It reminds us of the complex interactions that exist when looking for patterns in data and how to use those when making decisions. First she contends us that people […]

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Complacency versus Fear

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by marcia m on October 20, 2015

Recently a friend of mine recommended a video of Alison Levine doing a Ted Talk in which she recounts the lessons she learned leading an all-women team up Mount Everest.  She is a polished speaker, the video is often funny and entertaining, and includes many lessons that can be used while coaching a team.  You […]

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