As you’ve probably noticed already, sometimes your athletes need to hear a different voice than yours. Share our coachability checklist with your team to help them hold one another accountable, and develop a growth mindset.
Sports are filled with mental challenges, and many of these challenges are self-imposed. The coach-player dynamic can be one of the most difficult challenges to navigate.
Receiving criticism in any area of life is tough, whether it's coming from teachers, bosses, family, friends, or coaches. But being able to graciously receive advice and mentorship is a necessary part of growth.
Before I dive into becoming a coachable athlete, allow me to define it.
Before I wrote this blog, I asked a number of...
We had the great pleasure to speak with Dr. Jenny Lind Withycombe about diversity among elite athletes. Dr. Withycombe, has over 15 years experience within the field of athletics as an athlete, coach, consultant, sport psychologist, and diversity and inclusion educator. Most notably, Dr. WIthycombe has worked with the NCAA, AMCC and the US Rowing team.
Dr. Withycombe often gets asked the question of:
Dr. Withycombe has found that a lot of coaches think of diversity as more of a social issue versus an individual issue. For sports teams, that is the wrong way to look at it. She suggests thinking about it like this: If you feel unaccepted by your team you’re always going to be expending energy hiding yourself. It’s a lot of work to hide something from your teammates. That is going to impact the performance of the athlete.
The big issue facing athletic programs isn’t that they are predominantly homophobic, it is...