What I learned from 1,800 Coaches

I just returned last week from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Convention in Indianapolis where I saw some of the best minds in sports generously sharing their ideas, found a great coffee shop in downtown Indy (I'm from Seattle, this matters), and wore my baby all around town so she could...

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Embracing failure: The clumsy, embarrassing (and usually ugly) path to success

Turnover. Dunk. Turnover. Dunk. Turnover. Dunk. Turnover. Dunk. Within 15 seconds, I had turned the ball over 4 times, failed to cross half court, and we were already losing 8-0.

Tyler Gaffaney Basketball PhotoIt was my first game on my high school's varsity basketball team. I was a rising junior and the starting point...

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How to get out of a slump

The dreaded slump. Is there anything worse?

Whether you‘re the athlete in the middle of it, frustrated because you don’t know where to turn, or a coach, parent, or teammate watching from the sideline and feeling helpless, slumps suck!

The truth is, it doesn't matter how talented or...

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Why confidence matters for a high school athlete

It’s likely that, if you’re reading this blog, you know already that a little thing called confidence has a big impact on performance.

Maybe you’ve seen your son or daughter struggle with confidence and are feeling helpless, searching for answers anywhere you can find...

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The surprising thing about confidence

Imagine you possess all the material success you’ve ever dreamt of. You have a career full of accomplishments, you live in the house you’ve always pictured, and you hold the respect and admiration of your peers, colleagues, and friends.

In other words, you’d expect to be...

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3 Ways fear improves performance

This time of year is ripe with haunted houses, frightening costumes, gory props, heart-stopping pranks, and a deluge of horror movies infesting our television networks. And it's all fun, right? The pretend danger, the lure of mystery... these things give us a thrill unlike any other. After all,...

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Using visualization to crush the next pitch

Coaches, have you ever had a hitter who puts in the work, does extra reps, and who genuinely cares?

She’s a player who legitimately works HARD.

Yet she continues to spin her wheels and her progress is slow at best, leaving both of you frustrated. However, she still has moments of brilliance...

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Lindsey Wilson's rainy day reading list

With long rainy days upon us in the northwest, many of us are finding cozy ways to pass the time. What better way to spend a rainy day than to dive into some great reads that will give you a lasting, holiday glow from the inside out. In response to popular demand, I compiled a list of some of my...

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Prove it: The science behind the power of purpose

Last week we discussed some ways that athletes can make the most of injury. We talked about how a sidelined athlete can take opportunities to learn new skills, interact with fans, improve mental strength, and build closer bonds with coaches and teammates while going through the rehab...

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5 Ways being sidelined can be a good thing

Nobody likes injury. First, it hurts. Second, it means you need to take time out in order to heal. Third, being apart from the game and from your team can leave you isolated and alone. Nobody likes feeling alone. But the fact is that injury is a part of sports. There comes a day when every...

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