Re-Defining Winning

The story of two teams

41-0

That was the score in a recent youth sport contest. 

What sport you ask? Well, common thought with that score line would be football or rugby, but no.  This was a U8 hockey game.  A game played between two vastly different sets of skills. A game played on full ice, against direct recommendations of Hockey Canada and LTAD experts.

There are several ways to look at this situation.  Why are they playing full ice? How on earth, at 7 years old, is...

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Done with pro sports?

I never watched a ton of sports in my life.  Mostly due to the fact that I was too busy playing them.  However, up until a year or two ago, I had my finger on the pulse of most major sports leagues in North America, ATP and WTA tennis, a bit of European and Southern Hemisphere rugby, and Canadian college sports.  I read snippets here and there, I knew trends, major injuries and other developments.  I could go to the water cooler and chat with most anyone on most any sport....

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Winning versus Culture

Winning versus Culture

A few weeks back, I stumbled across a post on one of my social media streams.  It was a video of Mark Teixeira talking about how “winning breeds good chemistry

“I’ve never been on a bad team where everyone was happy, because if you were, you’re happy with losing…If I was an owner or a general manager I wouldn’t want my players to be happy, I would want them to be fighting, because they stink.  If you’re happy...

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Check your bias

bias play rain Oct 05, 2018

Author note - I wrote this blog entry back in late April.  You will notice a reference to my wife being pregnant....well she went into labour just a few days after my first draft. I've just rediscovered this, and it's fitting as we move into Autumn weather

And....our twins are now 5 months old and doing what 5 month olds do, meaning my wife and I are tired!


Car Problems Lead to Outside Play

So, we had a dose of adult this week.  My wife went to pick up our daughter from pre-school...

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Coaching your own child - wearing two hats

coaching two hats wooden Sep 27, 2018

Today is September 26th, and marks the beginning of me coaching my son’s soccer team this season. 

Despite having just 3 years of formal soccer playing experience in our collective lifetimes, my wife and I are again lined up to coach our 7- and 5-year old’s soccer teams.  Considering my a) lack of formal soccer knowledge, and b) lack of experience coaching kids in this age range, I was very nervous at the start of last year. 

But the most nerve-wracking part for me...

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Sport is but One Spoke

youth development Aug 24, 2018

This blog post is a bit more philosophical, and was difficult to express. Please share your thoughts, especially if you have a different way to articulate!

I read a great article recently, titled Turning the Weight Room Warrior into a Perceptive Monster: The Missing Link in Physical Preparation.  It was written by a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Michael Zweifel, from the lens of the role of strength and condition (S&C) in the betterment of an athlete.  The crux of it is, from...

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Tips to make your practices fun - Part 2

coaching fun practice Aug 10, 2018

We like to share articles, research, anecdotes, and other stories talking about the need to make youth sports fun again, well how about some actual tips on doing just that.

It can be easy to get swept up in the professionalization of youth sports.  We all want our best for our kids and the players we are coaching so why not teach them the things we see professionals do to excel in their sport?  Well if you are reading this you know why, and if not perhaps check out our Facebook feed...

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Transformational coaching leads to a Wimbledon title?

June 5th, 2016 – a day for tennis history.  Novak Djokovic triumphed in the final of the French Open, capturing the grand slam he had been chasing for so long.  He became just the 8th player in men’s tennis history to have won all 4 major championships at least once. However, even more impressively, he became the first man in 47 years to hold all four majors at once (he won the 2015 Wimbledon Championships and US Open, and the 2016 Australian Open as well). Even the...

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Standing, as a country, with Humboldt

Uncategorized Apr 11, 2018

I write this with the understanding that it will likely be lost in the sea of responses, but I write anyway. Perhaps for my own form of therapy. I write to help me express my feelings. If one other person reads this and can gain any comfort, then that's a bonus.

This past week, people across the world have been shaken in the aftermath of the accident involving the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. When I first heard word, I was deeply saddened, but I moved on....

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Tips to make your practices fun - Part 1

We like to share articles, research, anecdotes, and other stories talking about the need to make youth sports fun again, well how about some actual tips on doing just that.

It can be easy to get swept up in the professionalization of youth sports.  We all want our best for our kids and the players we are coaching so why not teach them the things we see professionals do to excel in their sport?  Well if you are reading this you know why, and if not perhaps check out our Facebook feed...

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