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Iconic Coaching Styles - Where do you fit in?

on Jan 11, 2017 4:57:00 PM | By Ariella Ford | 0 Comments
Iconic Coaching Styles - Which sounds like you? A great coach is adaptable, changing his or her coaching strategies and techniques based on the group of athletes and the situation. These are some of the most common sports coaching styles and how we’ve seen them used by iconic coaches.
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Why High Quality Sports Gear Can Up a Player's Game

on Oct 26, 2016 11:27:05 AM | By Alex Handy | 0 Comments
Making the Right Sports Gear Recommendations  Athletes and their parents go through the same process multiple times a year. Whether it be the beginning of the season, a sports camp, or off-season training, after registration comes a trip (or two) to the closest sporting goods store to purchase the necessary equipment and apparel. When you are preparing athletes and parents for this scenario, there are a handful of important aspects to look into, to ensure your athletes are ready to play great in their new gear.
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Tips to Give An Athlete Evaluation Fit for the Next LeBron

on Sep 22, 2016 11:32:26 AM | By Tim Wylie | 0 Comments
Give Your Athletes Your Best with a Great Athlete Evaluation Performance evaluations and feedback are important in all aspects of life. In schools, students are graded on daily homework and weekly exams. In the workplace, there are continuous performance reviews. But with sports, there aren’t any legislative standards or financial metrics to be graded on, which has created a grey area on best practices and techniques on how to effectively provide constructive feedback to develop athletic skills. Here are some helpful tips and recommendations to help your athletes accelerate in their respective sports. Let’s start with the basics…
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Why Athlete Evaluations Are Essential to Youth Sports Development

on Sep 2, 2016 8:56:05 AM | By Kasey McKenney | 0 Comments
“There is no failure. Only feedback.” – Robert Allen Sports are full of stories of successes and failures; that is how athletes progress. Their failures lead them to future successes, and this is where feedback comes into play. Feedback is essential in all aspects of life. Everyone who has been involved with sports understands the important lessons that come along with trainings, practices and games. Sports play such an integral role for young athletes because the lessons they learn in sports and the feedback they receive from coaches help them grow personally, academically and athletically. As a coach your athletes look up to you as a role model to teach them daily and provide them with the necessary feedback to be successful in not only sports, but life.
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Guiding High School Athletes through College Recruitment

on Aug 26, 2016 2:40:18 PM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
6 Must-Knows for Helping Your Athletes Navigate College Recruitment  With fall comes college scouting and recruitment. This can be a very difficult time for high school athletes, who are unfamiliar with the layout of college athletics and often, overwhelmed and unprepared for the recruitment process. Having a coach who is willing to mentor and lead an athlete through this process, can make all the difference. Here are 6 must-knows for your athletes to successfully navigate college recruitment:
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Top Athlete Recruitment Platforms

on Jul 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM | By Kevin MacCauley | 0 Comments
Recruiting top-tier athletes requires the use of one of the top-flight athlete recruitment platforms. These recruitment programs make the entire recruitment process so much easier. However, there are a lot of recruitment platforms out there - so let's take a look at some of the best ones available and the what they can offer you.
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Prepare for Fall Training

on Jul 27, 2016 11:00:00 AM | By Kasey McKenney | 0 Comments
Working with a busy back-to-school schedule With temperatures in the 90s, it's hard to believe summer is winding down. But as the days begin to get shorter, it’s time to start gearing up for your fall training. It can be a daunting task for athletes to seamlessly transition from the easy-going days of summer to the hustle of a new school year. Follow the tips below to get a head start on the fall training season, creating success for both you, and your clients.
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Alternatives to Participation Trophies

on Jul 13, 2016 9:53:00 AM | By Kevin MacCauley | 0 Comments
Teaching Athletes the Value of Commitment, Without Devaluing the Win tro·phy.’trōfē. noun. 1. a cup or other decorative object awarded as a prize for a victory or success. Recently, the topic of participation trophies, the physical trophy awarded to youth athletes for participating in their sports program, league or organization, has been a topic of divisive debate. So the question: Do you believe participants should receive a trophy for simply participating? 
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7 Free Ways to Generate Sports Leads

on Jun 27, 2015 11:18:10 AM | By Kevin MacCauley | 0 Comments
7 free lead generation channels to keep costs down and drive new clients to your sports training organization and events:
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OFF-SEASON TRAINING TIP #2: BE SPECIFIC

on Nov 5, 2014 1:55:22 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
In the 1st post in this series, we discussed the importance of post-season complete rest, post-season active rest and having a Skill Development Plan to become a better player in 2015. As you sit down to formulate your Skill Development plan be as specific as you can be. For example, it is common for QBs to be told, "Improve your footwork and throwing mechanics". Ok, there are a 1,000 footwork drills and there are a 1,000 throwing drills. How do you know which one to use? Which ones will help you in 2015? The answer is depends. What do you need your feet do? What part of your throwing mechanics need to improve? Ball hold and security? Vertical L? Horizontal L? Wrist Positioning? Extension? Elbow location pre-release? This may seem hard to do at first. But dig deep because the effort is worth the reward. And keep in mind, generally, if you ask good questions, you will arrive at good answers! These "good" answers will give you the context needed to judge whether or not a given drill will help you achieve your 2015 Skill development goals. At the Fairfax Football Academy, for example, when it comes to footwork, we focus on 3 things: 1. Weight distribution during movement 2. One piece foot movement 3. Ending all movements with an efficient throwing base. No matter how good a footwork drill appears to be, if it does not help our QBs get better at the things outlined above, we do not do it. You can begin your assault on the 2015 Season by joining us Joining us on November 29th-30th:  REGISTRATION FOR FUTURE STARS QB CLINIC
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