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The Big Leagues: How to Take Your Coaching Career to the Next Level

Posted on April 07, 2018 by Kara Masterson

The Big Leagues, How to Take Your Coaching Career to the Next LevelRunning a successful coaching business can be rewarding. However, it can also be difficult. There are many things that you will have to do in order to ensure that your coaching business is a success.

Partner up

You may be working for yourself, but that does not mean that you have to work by yourself. You can work with other people who have a coaching business. You should try to work with people who are in the same industry as you. Partnering up with other coaches will help you develop more ideas that will make your business a success.

Build Credibility

People want to be lectured by people who are reliable and experienced. That is why building your credibility is one of the most important things that you can do as a coach. You can complete training courses in your industry. You can also earn certifications, or even just showcase your proficiency with career skills like player evaluation. There are many PEM Application Tools and similar resources available today to help with that. It can also be helpful to read books about your industry.

Your current and previous clients can also help you establish credibility. Ask your clients to leave you positive reviews on your website. You can also ask them to refer your family members and friends to your coaching business. Read the rest of this entry →

Top Tips for Raising Your Sports Club

Posted on April 05, 2018 by Alec Neufeld

shoesNow that spring is in the air; you may be wanting to consider new and exciting ways to attract fresh talent to your sports club. If you live in an area where there are a variety of clubs or organizations for people to join, then it can be tough competing against larger clubs – in particular, if you are just starting out or need to take on a particular demographic for your teams. It’s easy to raise your team headcount if you know how, just as on the field it will take grit, determination, and consistency to ensure that you reach your goals and have a winning season.

Remember, that to attract new talent for your teams you will need to make sure that any marketing campaign efforts that you make remain on the up over time. You cannot expect to get results immediately either, as it may take time for your efforts to be noticed. When it comes to raising your sports club profile, then word of mouth is not enough, you will need to explore merchandising, digital outlets and even print publications to make sure that you can continue to grow and expand your club.

Create your own merchandise

You don’t have to be on a team to enjoy and want to wear merchandising, in fact, this is a quick and easy way to raise your club profile and make a fashion statement at the same time. If you are looking to create your team merchandising from scratch, then you will need to consider a range of factors such as your colors and even if you want your beloved club mascot to feature on any jerseys or sweaters that you make. Once you’ve made this all-important decision, then you can start to enjoy yourself and have some fun with your merchandising. You could ask your supporters what kind of merchandise that they would buy, or maybe get them to provide feedback about the kind of merchandise that they already own but feel would be both successful and practical. From investing in foam hands to making your own team pins or even water bottles and Frisbees, be sure to consult your team players and any members of your club executive committee before splashing the cash. If you are on a budget, then creating your own pins such as on this website is the ideal way to boost your team profile. Read the rest of this entry →

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Jose Mourinho – Too Cautious to Succeed?

Posted on April 01, 2018 by John Harris

MourinhoCurrent Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, for nearly two decades now, has perhaps been the most important coach operating in the game of football. Champions League and Uefa Cup successes at Porto, turning Chelsea into the leviathan they are today, guiding Internazionale out of the wilderness and into the limelight and stopping Pep’s Barcelona, (albeit briefly) with Real Madrid all marked him out as one of the game’s brightest minds.

However, it is undeniable that his star is beginning to wane.

In fact, Mourinho’s position at Old Trafford is looking more perilous with each passing day. Despite signing a contract extension that theoretically sees him employed until the year 2020, Mourinho sits at odds of just 5/1 with Titanbet to leave his post in the summer.

After spending a total nearing £300 million, Jose Mourinho has ensured that the fans demand the utmost from his side. Of course, a club like Manchester United always need to be in the hunt for trophies, yet the Salford club’s demands extend far beyond the need for silverware. The club long for the brand football so regularly displayed by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Fearing that Manchester United are losing what made them unique and are in the process of morphing into ‘just another big club’, we often hear a chorus of fans singing, “ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK!!”.

Manchester United have the players to play a more cavalier style of football, yet the manager in the dugout is reluctant to shift his foot too far from the break peddle. Mourinho, by his very nature, is a cautious individual, and nowhere was this more evident than in Manchester United’s recent elimination from the Champions League. Read the rest of this entry →

How To Create A Successful Sports Team

Posted on March 28, 2018 by John Harris

team-1928848_960_720There are so many sports out there that require having a professional team. However, in order to be able to build and maintain a successful team one does not only need talent. They also need a lot of determination and good spirit. If you want to play basketball, football or baseball you need a good team – otherwise, your coaching efforts will go unnoticed. Nonetheless, a lot of people are wondering what makes a regular team a successful one. Training a sports team is a challenging job, but it is very rewarding at the same time.

The way you train your sports team has several positive impacts on their results. That’s because training motivates athletes to become better, boosts up their running efficiency and it makes their bodies a lot stronger. At the same time, their capabilities as athletes are polished and enhanced. No matter the result at the end of a game, the positive experience of coaching outweighs the episodic moments of distrust, uncertainty or fatigue that arise after a long season. Nonetheless, if you keep having bad feelings about your teams or you feel stressed out, and nothing seems to be going right, there might be something else to blame. Failure is not always the fault of the coach, but there are some strategies to make team management more successful.

Always Communicate

Communication is one of the most important factors in people’s lives. Nothing is possible without communication. Yet, constant communication is expected at all times. Back in the day communication was a lot different. Coaches would tell parents and kids were practices were, and they had to show up no matter what. Nowadays, busy family schedules or crowded facilities require constant communication. Communication can take so many shapes or forms these days. Coaches can send a single message, either a text or an email, to the whole team, instead of calling a million people. Therefore, communication makes the team stronger, and it is an essential element of sports team management. Read the rest of this entry →

When the Stadium Becomes a Major Part of the Event

Posted on March 28, 2018 by Vineet Maheshwari

OldTraffordIt’s true that most Americans don’t know where Old Trafford is but if you mention that name to billions of soccer fans, they not only know where the stadium is (Manchester, England) but what it looks like!

Some stadiums are simply part of the story, as much as the teams that play there.  We were moved to research famous stadiums because so many of the headlines announcing that Usain Bolt, the great Olympic sprinter, would play in a charity soccer game for the benefit of Unicef mentioned that the game would be played at Old Trafford.

Fame

The primary criterion for inclusion on our list is fame rather than architectural uniqueness or seating capacity.  We subjectively decided to exclude indoor stadiums because they simply aren’t famous now that the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, and Chicago Blackhawks play in newer stadiums.  It would be as if we were writing about the most famous Las Vegas casinos and decided to include an online casino! (Full disclosure: we prefer playing at an online casino but Vegas is more famous).

Soccer Stadiums

There are no stadiums in the US that were built exclusively for soccer.  In the rest of the world, the most famous stadiums are soccer stadiums first and foremost.

  • Old Trafford has become famous because of the long-term success of Manchester United.
  • Wembley Stadium is famous primarily for its name as the present Wembley is quite new, having replaced the old antiquated but big-hearted original Wembley.  Today it is the home of the British National team.
  • River Plate Stadium is rarely called by its formal name.  It is 80 years old and is the iconic home of River Plate, one of the two premier soccer teams in soccer-mad Argentina.
  • Not to be outdone by their arch-rivals to the south, Brazil also has its world-renowned stadium the Maracanã.
  • Azteca, in Mexico City, is the largest stadium in the world that is used exclusively for soccer.  At over 7000 feet above sea level and beset by the equally famous Mexico City pollution, it presents a massive challenge to all teams that come from much lower elevation to play there.
  • San Siro is home to the two rival soccer teams from Milan, known as Inter and Milan.  Since these two teams, along with Juventus from Turin, are perennially the top teams in Italy, San Siro has seen many classic soccer matches in both the local Italian top league and also in the European Cup.
  • Camp Nou in Barcelona seats almost 100,000 rabid “Barca” fans.  It was long considered an also-ran behind the Barnabeu in Madrid since Real Madrid was usually the top team in Spain.  Camp Nou is now even better known because “Barca” is probably the most famous soccer club in the world.
  • St. James Park in Newcastle is usually called The Cathedral on the Hill because it sits in the center of Newcastle and offers fans a great view of the city and countryside below.  This stadium was built in 1880 and is famous despite featuring a team that doesn’t challenge for a championship in most years. Read the rest of this entry →

6 Tips on How to Improve Ping Pong Skills

Posted on March 27, 2018 by J. Ritchie Lisa

Ping-PongLike in the case of other sports, being good in ping pong does not happen overnight. You need to practice and persevere to bring out the best in you. That being said, this post will provide some tips to improve skills in table tennis.

Legends are not born. They are made. In table tennis, no one is born to be great. Rather, even the seasoned players started at the bottom. They practiced to achieve mastery of the game, which you can do as well by keeping in mind the tips briefly mentioned below.

Start with the Right Paddle

In this sport, your best weapon is the paddle. Therefore, you should spend time in the selection of the best ping pong paddle. There is no universal truth when it comes to what is best. Rather, you should look for one that you are most comfortable with. Take time to try the paddle and see if it fits your preferences.

If you are a novice, choose one that is designed specifically for beginners. Your type or style of grip will also determine the paddle that is most suitable for you.

Practice your Stance

A lot of beginners may not know it, but stance is one thing that will greatly impact one’s performance. You need to find your balance. Your body should be ready to respond to the attack from your opponent. Regardless of how intense the game is, make sure to keep your body relaxed and not too stiff.

For your feet, you need to have quite a wide base, which will allow you to move with ease. Your knees should be slightly bent. If the legs are straight, there is a greater tendency that you will lose your balance. Read the rest of this entry →

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