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Netflix’s The Playbook: Dawn Staley’s Coaching Rules for Sports

Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and experiences from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is Dawn Staley – an American basketball Hall of Fame player and coach. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Here are the coaching rules she lives by: 1. Bring your own ball Dawn grew up in Philadelphia, and at the time girls weren’t playing sports. So she would play with boys, most of the time with her brothers and their friends. What fueled her as a little girl was to get to play on the ‘big boy court’, where all her older brothers’ friends would play. Most of the time, they wouldn’t let her play. But Dawn was persistent, she would always turn up to the games, and bring her own basketball. One day, she was the only one who brought a basketball. So…

Netflix’s The Playbook: Doc Rivers’ Coaching Rules

Netflix’s new docuseries ‘The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life’ shares tips and coaching rules from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is former NBA coach Doc Rivers. His deep passion for all things basketball started from a young age. He would say “I never go to practice. I go to play Basketball.” Here are his coaching rules for life. 1. Finish the race When asked what he wanted to become when he grew up, Doc answered ‘Pro Basketball Player’ without hesitation. His teacher told him to be more realistic and write a new goal. His dad agreed with the teacher, but added “..look it’s a great goal. Whatever goal you have, and right now it’s too early, but when you finally settle on one, just finish the race.” And that’s exactly what Doc Rivers did.  2. Don’t be a victim While growing up, his parents taught…

Netflix’s The Playbook: José Mourinho’s Coaching Rules

Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and coaching rules from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is professional football manager José Mourinho. He is considered to be one of the greatest managers of all time. José has won 25 senior trophies during his time in charge of FC Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea (over two spells), Real Madrid and Manchester United. Here are José Mourinho’s coaching rules for sports. 1. Understand your audience When forming his FC Porto team, the team was in a bad state. The team needed to be restructured to rebuild their strength and identity. José knew the audience in Porto needed a team that represented the values of their people. He began recruiting local boys who may not have had much experience, but had the drive and mentality of the people they were playing for. The new profile of the…

Netflix’s The Playbook: Coaching Rules from Patrick Mouratoglou

Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and experiences from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is French tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou. He is famously known for being Serena Williams’ coach since 2012. Here are the coaching rules he lives by: 1. Your greatest weakness can become your biggest strength Patrick touches on his experience as a young child who had social anxiety. He was so afraid of talking to people that he would sit silently in class. But while he did this, he learnt how to read people’s emotions and body language. As he grew up to become a tennis coach, he used this skill to coach his athletes. He was able to get in the mind of the player and notice how they are feeling based on their movements and body language. His weakness became one his biggest strengths…

Netflix’s The Playbook: Jill Ellis’ Coaching Rules for Sports

Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and coaching rules from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is Jill Ellis, the U.S. women’s national soccer team coach. She coached the team to win the World Cup in 2015 and 2019. Ellis had the unique opportunity of adopting the team when they were sitting at #1, and embracing the challenge of keeping them at the top of their game year after year. Here are Jill Ellis’ coaching rules for life: 1. Mountain tops are small and the air is thin Ellis told the team that “the top of the mountain is rented space, not one to dwell on”. She firmly believes in sharing your success and owning your failure. It’s important to know that success is not resting on your laurels, someone is always gunning for your spot. Don’t take advantage of…

How to coach safely during COVID-19

Coaching, training and sports has had to adapt to the new environment of COVID-19. While the pandemic is far from over, clubs are starting to re-open again with restricted measures in place to keep our athletes, coaches and communities safe. Here are a few tips on how to coach safely during COVID-19: 1. Use virtual platforms where possible One of the best ways to protect yourself and your team is to coach virtually. Using platforms like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts (and there’s plenty more!) are a great way to connect with your athletes without face-to-face interactions. Depending on your sport, it may be difficult to train virtually, however, it could be a good time to focus on analysing technique and performance. The Sprongo AI Video Analysis Platform allows for automated angle analysis of movement to help you review athlete performance in detail. Simply get your athlete’s to video themselves playing their sport,…

3 ways to start building a positive and empowering team culture

As a coach, your role within a team is not only to be a mentor, trainer, and guide, but it’s also to create a positive and empowering team culture. This is important because a team’s culture has a huge impact on the way your athletes perform, interact, and contribute to the team as a whole. We like the way League Network puts it – identifying your teams culture goes beyond the want and desire to win a match. It’s more about what your athletes beliefs, attitudes and values are. To start building a positive and empowering team culture, here’s where you should start. Reach out to your team We’re talking about ‘team’ culture here, and that means it shouldn’t be defined just by you as a coach, it should be defined by the whole team. So to determine what your team culture is all about, you’ll need to have a…

5 ways to help improve your coaching technique

Wanting to do everything you can to be the best coach possible? The truth is, as a coach, you should be developing and improving your methods constantly. What works for one group of athletes, may not work for another. So it’s important to know your athletes and train them according to what they need. If you’re wanting to learn a few more ways to improve your coaching skills, you’ve come to the right place! Easy Ways helps us understand some key points on how we can all be better coaches. 1. Keep a coaching journal Many coaches seem to underestimate the benefits of documenting training sessions and keeping training journals. From improving technique and boosting efficiency to providing clear direction for lessons, training journals are extremely helpful for both coaches, as well as athletes. Top coaches have been keeping training journals to aid them in improving team performance and efficiency.…

How team notebooks can help improve athlete performance

We’ve talked about the importance of coaches keeping journals, but it’s also important for team members to do the same.

Why, you ask?

Well, having team notebooks that work as both a workbook, and a reflective journal, helps athletes critique the team’s play and think more objectively about their performance. Many coaches around the world have incorporated team journals as part of their training and development program.

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