Are you worthy of winning?

A few years ago someone asked me a very simple but very intriguing question: what do all successful marriages have in common? With the hubris that comes from not actually having been married at the time, I thought for sure I could at least get close to the correct answer. Was it communication?...

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Coach Q&A: Win with class, lose with dignity.

This Question of the Week comes from Coach Nancy, and it is one that I think a lot of coaches (and athletes) can relate to. Readers, if you have dealt with a similar situation on your team, we'd love to hear your thoughts- these situations aren't easy! Feel free to leave constructive...

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5 Reasons I (finally) hired a professional coach

"5 Reasons I (finally) hired a professional coach", By Lindsey Wilson, was recently featured in The Huffington Post. Click the link to see the article.


I have to admit, as a former athlete, I love everything about being coached; I love the accountability, the goal setting, the planning, the...

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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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