Yelling vs Coaching

I stand in front of seven 6th-grade basketball players as I try to teach them a lesson in communication. <Opening Scene> “Imagine you are on the playground 100 feet away from your best friend and you want to know if they want to join your game.” “Like jump rope?” asks Taylor. “Sure, like jump rope. […]

Increase Emotional Intelligence with Intentional Interruptions

“…after that, we’ll break up into defensive groups and work on technique.” An athlete walks into the room—three minutes late—while I go over the day’s practice plan. I pause, we make eye contact. He nods, I nod back, and then he quietly sits down with his team. A few minutes later, everyone knows what is […]

You, Me, We: An Exercise in Building Team Culture

In my senior year of high school, I decided to see if my athleticism could transfer to the volleyball court. I had been a two-way starter on the football team all four years and had spent time on the wrestling team, baseball team, track team, and the competition cheerleading team. How hard could it be? […]