Coaching Advice & Tips

It’s time to be intentional about TEAM Building!

Who have you trusted with your dreams and goals?  Are they FOR you?  Have they been where you are trying to go and willing to help you get there? Surround yourself with a TEAM!   When we take ownership of our surroundings, we can change things.  We can position ourselves for success. ...

FEARLESS COACH PART 5; What advice would you give to female coaches in the...

Meet Becky Carlson, the “Fearless Coach”   Becky has been in NCAA college coaching (USA) for more than a decade and is passionate about not only Women’s NCAA Rugby, but is also an advocate for the health and welfare of our coaching population.  As a public speaker, equality advocate and...

Basketball Coaching Tips; What is a Screen?

  Its one of the most utilized offensive fundamentals of the game.  Whether you are playing 3 on 3 or a full on 5 on 5 real game competition, screens are a great tools that should be practiced daily.  What is  screen? Screen - When a player uses his/her body to...

How To Create a More Efficient Learning Environment; Tip 7

  Read Brenita's introduction and first Tip HERE   Evaluate and Give FEEDBACK   Now I wrote about feedback almost a year ago and I still hold true to my beliefs on the necessity of it.  Please read this post about the difference between feedback vs. constructive criticism because I truly believe it will broaden your...

How To Create A More Efficient Learning Environment: Tip 6

    Read Brenita's introduction and first Tip HERE   Articulate the GOAL   One things I know is that the season is long!  Yet in the blink of an eye its over.  You may set goals formally with your team, you may just verbally say "We want to win."  In whatever way you choose...

Emma Doyle TEDx Talk: Unleashing Female Potential

      Emma Doyle has been in performance tennis coaching for over 20 years, specializing in improving the knowledge, skills and behavior of both coaches and players around the world. She has coached on the junior and senior tours, been the junior Fed Cup Captain and been an Australian National Selector....

How To Create a More Efficient Learning Environment; Tip 5

    Read Brenita's introduction and first Tip HERE   Have a PLAN   As a teacher you have curriculum, as a coach you have a practice plan, as a business owner you should have an agenda for every meeting you conduct. Not having a plan opens the door for chaos!  It opens you up...

How To Create a More Efficient Learning Environment: Tip 4

      Read Brenita's introduction and first Tip HERE   Accommodate EACH LEARNING STYLE in some way in every lesson   I plan to dig deeper into the LEARNING STYLES and how knowing them can make or break you as a teacher/coach in the next week.  Be looking out for that blog because it is...

How To Create a More Efficient Learning Environment: Tip 2

      Read Brenita's introduction and first Tip HERE   Listen Actively:    Most people listed with the intent to refute.  I listen with the intent to hear you.  This helps with giving the most accurate response or in the case of my Kindergarten class - those sweet babies just want to be heard!  So...

How to Create A More Efficient Learning Environment: Tip 1

    I have more than 10 years of teaching and coaching in various environments ranging from Pre-Kindergarten all the way to college.  So my youngest child I have ever taught was 3 and in PreK and my....most seasoned student in college was 63.  I must admit that I have quite...

Positive vs. Negative Self-Talk

FCN Academy Coach: Louise Capicotto BSc(Hons), MSc, MBPsS  Louise has been involved with coaching weightlifting and athletics (throws) for the past 5 years and was part of the National Coach Development Programme (NCDP) run by England Athletics. She volunteers at her local secondary school, running lunch time and after-school sessions....

Coach’s Guide: Developing Confidence in Athletes

  FCN Academy Coach: Louise Capicotto BSc(Hons), MSc, MBPsS  Louise has been involved with coaching weightlifting and athletics (throws) for the past 5 years and was part of the National Coach Development Programme (NCDP) run by England Athletics. She volunteers at her local secondary school, running lunch time and after-school sessions....

End of Season Review for Athletes and Coaches

  FCN Academy Coach: Louise Capicotto BSc(Hons), MSc, MBPsS  Louise has been involved with coaching weightlifting and athletics (throws) for the past 5 years and was part of the National Coach Development Programme (NCDP) run by England Athletics. She volunteers at her local secondary school, running lunch time and after-school sessions....

Tips on Teaching Teamwork; Have you positioned your team to Win?

    The worst feeling in the world, is to feel alone.  Especially in battle.  Could you imagine going out for the biggest fight of your life.....alone?   That's the mindset of a person who has not yet embraced the team mentality.  In sports - unity and teamwork is often discussed but not...

Eating Disorders in Sport

What are Eating Disorders? Eating disorders are complex and serious psychiatric conditions that develop in both men and women, and both athletes and non-athletes. Eating disorders occur in all sports, however sports that have shown to carry the greatest risk for eating disorders include those referred to as ‘lean’ sports....

Raising Awareness In Athletes Using The Traffic Light Concept

  FCN Academy Coach: Louise Capicotto BSc(Hons), MSc, MBPsS  Louise has been involved with coaching weightlifting and athletics (throws) for the past 5 years and was part of the National Coach Development Programme (NCDP) run by England Athletics. She volunteers at her local secondary school, running lunch time and after-school sessions....

Safeguarding Children in Sport: Best Practice Guidelines for Coaches

    FCN Academy Coach: Louise Capicotto BSc(Hons), MSc, MBPsS  Louise has been involved with coaching weightlifting and athletics (throws) for the past 5 years and was part of the National Coach Development Programme (NCDP) run by England Athletics. She volunteers at her local secondary school, running lunch time and after-school sessions....

Tips For Looking After Your Mental Health

    FCN Academy Coach: Louise Capicotto BSc(Hons), MSc, MBPsS Louise has been involved with coaching weightlifting and athletics (throws) for the past 5 years and was part of the National Coach Development Programme (NCDP) run by England Athletics. She volunteers at her local secondary school, running lunch time and after-school sessions....

Developing Self-Awareness in your Athletes

  Developing self-awareness within athletes is, for me, the most important job a sport psychologist has within applied work. Greater self-awareness can help athletes (and coaches) to build self-confidence and self-esteem, take more responsibility for their actions, and to make better decisions, both in and outside of sport.   What is self-awareness? Being...

Tips for Managing Coach Burnout

      FCN Academy Coach: Louise Capicotto BSc(Hons), MSc, MBPsS  Louise has been involved with coaching weightlifting and athletics (throws) for the past 5 years and was part of the National Coach Development Programme (NCDP) run by England Athletics. She volunteers at her local secondary school, running lunch time and after-school sessions....

You Can Achieve the Unachievable!

  Hard work and perseverance does pay off and setting long term goals and targets for yourself should be a must. I started a career in tennis with literally no experience, knowledge or background in the sport. Brave I know and probably a little bit stupid too. I had experience in the field as...

Shannon Miller – Interview

  For those of you who have followed the FCN for a while now, you may be familiar with the name Shannon Miller. Shannon is one of the World's most successful coaches. (not successful female coach, but coach. Period). Born in Canada in 1963, Shannon became one of the most...

College Basketball Season Breakdown: what if we prepared our employees in the same way...

One of the most under-appreciated acts of preparation in the work place today is training.  If you think about the typical year for an athlete, they spend all year long preparing for just a few games where they will actually perform.  With each college basketball season, teams have 30...

Deliberate practice is a better indicator of future success than talent; How do coaches...

  My first year teaching at the junior high level was memorable for a lot of reasons. One of them being that I took a side job as the high jump coach for the school’s Track and Field team. I didn’t know a single thing about the high jump. I had...

Preparation is the Key!

  Do you work for someone right now that was elevated without being properly prepared?  In the great world of sports, that's one of the greatest pitfalls to see coaches intensely pursuing elevation without proper preparation.  The unfortunate reality is, we have countless examples of leaders that were not effectively...

Coaches all over the country have been trying to get to the bottom of...

Proper conditioning and stretching will minimize injuries when combined with effective strength training. Coaches all over the country have been trying to get to the bottom of the surplus of lower limb injuries -- especially with women's basketball players.  As a part of my graduate study, I researched leading...

Facilitating the Development of Women Leaders in Sport Through Leader Self-Efficacy

    Moe Machida-Kosuga, PhD, Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences, Japan   In organized sport and other domains, the percentage of women who have positions with higher leadership responsibility is still small as compared with men. As a girl who grew up in Japan, I had never really questioned why there...

Adapting To Change…

  As seasons change - we must understand and prepare for seasons to change.  Change is inevitable and as surely as time passes, things will change.  People will change.  Relationships will change.  Jobs will change.  Finances will change.  Circumstances will change.  You have to understand that just as you celebrate...

BEYOND SKILLS COACHING: 5 Common Coaching Mistakes

There is not a lot that is more rewarding than coaching a player to beyond what they thought they could do. In fact, I used to love playing, until I discovered coaching…  Throughout many years of playing different sports I have had a lot of coaches, all with different styles. Yes there...

BEYOND SKILLS COACHING: 7 Tips For Performing Under Pressure in Sport

  Imagine the feeling you would get as an athlete moments before you are about to walk out onto the Olympic Games stage. Thousands of spectators will be watching your every move… You have been training hard for the last few months, your skills are looking sharp, you are fit and strong and...

The Benefits of High Altitude training – with Eilish McColgan 

    High Altitude training is nothing new in sports.  It has been used for decades by endurance athletes to increase their capacity to exercise, and as the record books will tell you, Africa runners born and bred at high altitude are known for their exceptional natural endurance levels.  Whether a...

BEYOND SKILLS COACHING SERIES: How A Performance Coach Can Bring Out Your Super Powers

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a superhero? To feel invincible, powerful and unstoppable. Well, the good news is that this is more possible than you think. My aim as a performance coach is to help people unlock their hidden super powers that lie within all...

BEYOND SKILLS COACHING SERIES: Tips For Overcoming Injury In Sport

  Let’s face it, getting injured is devastating and frustrating… But maybe it can be a good thing?  Even if it doesn’t seem that way initially. I have a lot of experience of being injured and have struggled with many different injuries throughout my years of playing sport. Everything from several shoulder dislocations, shin splints, broken thumb, torn ankle...

5 ways to deal with bullying as a coach

Have a form of communication with parents Perhaps the most effective step in the right direction of preventing bullying on your team is to be able to communicate at any time with the parents and/or guardians of your players. These are the individuals who have brought them up, and will...

Give feedback, not criticism…

I often hear coaches say they give their players constructive criticism.  Some have said that this generation of players are too "sensitive" to receive it.  I want to challenge all coaches and really any person in authority to try the concept of giving feedback instead. Here is the difference. See constructive criticism...

Training in the Winter Months; how do you survive? (Part 2)

Read Part 1 HERE   Part 2   Getting your head around it Looking back on my own experience I see a number of things that I did to embrace winter training and you can do these too.   1. I thought of a time when I enjoyed doing sport in winter.  Ask yourself these questions and find out how...

Training in the Winter Months; how do you survive? (Part 1)

  Winter Warmer! But it's cold outside!! Lying cosy in bed it's hard to imagine getting up and out into the fog that is sitting just outside my bedroom window.  Yesterday was bright and beautiful but travelling prevented me form getting out on a training ride and today I have a beautiful route...

Knowing what I don’t know

I want to know everything. I want to be the most amazing coach with all the answers and the best technique and I want to be able to coach skating and off skating and life and skates and the mental game and how to coach and whatever else people...

50 pieces of coaching advice from female coaches around the World!

A couple of weeks ago, we launched our competition to win an exclusive FCN t-shirt.  We are excited to announce that the winner is:  Joey Peters! As part of the competition, we ask our followers on twitter to send us their best piece of coaching advice, and they did!  All...

Decisions Decisions; to be a strong leader, you need to be confident making decisions

When working in most environments there are choices to be made, ideas to be communicated, and actions to be taken. Most of the time, these decisions will have an impact on others; not just the athletes, but the rest of the coaching staff, the support staff, and even the...

Being a role model & incorporating simple mental training with your athletes (Part 2)

Read Part 1 Here My coaching philosophy is clear-cut and sounds simple. In order to accomplish my goals as a coach there will be much planning and preparation. Coaching is more than a day job and it goes far beyond the two hour practices scheduled each day. Instead, it is...

Confidence; how do we build it?

  “I know I can do a good job, I just wish I had more confidence in myself.” “The male coaches I work with just seem to have this belief that they can do things.  I don’t have that and it’s frustrating as I feel like it’s holding me back.” “I need...

Being a role model & incorporating simple mental training with your athletes (Part 1)

It’s tricky being a young adolescent female athlete. Not only are you navigating your own personal changes but the world around you is changing. Girls can get lost in the mix or worse, they can lose themselves. It is true that it should not matter whether a coach is...

Raise your Glass and Lead On; conquering the language barriers

I do not claim to speak Spanish. To say that I do would be offensive to all native Spanish speakers and equally offensive to anyone who took Spanish 101 in high school. I have however traveled to many Spanish speaking countries and in each country I have learned new words and new phrases....

The Springboard to fulfil your potential; Emotional Intelligence

Self-awareness and understanding is a key starting point for all that we do at Sport and Beyond. We particularly like this phrase from Robert Dilts: “Before you can be someone you need to know who you are.”  But, and this is a big but, we don’t just leave it there -...

Our Strength Coach ‘Knows her stuff’; a lesson from our coach

Claudia achieved the Coaching F License at 20 and has since coached with Berkshire Soccer Academy in Massachusetts and had experience working with  Team First (made up of several of the 1999 USA women’s World Cup winning team).  She continues to play for Columbia International University in South Carolina as well...

The difference between teaching skills and Skills

“I’m an American transplant in the UK.  I’ve had quite a few years to try quite a few sports.  The sports that I find myself in love with, I have been coaching in varying capacities over the last 10 years.  I started by herding 5 year olds through a capoeira roda,...

My Favourite Coaching App

  Coaches Eye  According to Coaches Eye, their mission is "to fundamentally transform the way coaches and athletes teach, learn and perform." It is a simple app that you download onto your phone and can use for slow motion video and technique analysis. I must admit to using this ALOT in my coaching....

The difference between coaching boys and girls…

  "I am an enthusiastic UEFA B football coach with a particular interest in goal keepers and I love a challenge. I coach both boys and girls but the majority of my coaching is with girls and ladies. I have coached for nearly 20 years but only now realise how...

Be aware of what things look like when you aren’t there

Jools Murray is an accredited Strength & Conditioning coach from Canada and has worked with some of the World's best athletes in the UK and her home country.  Currently working at the University of Toronto, (Canada) with a number of sport, Jools previously worked with the  English Institute of Sport whilst studying...

Why I Continue to Coach: A Mothers Journey Back to Track and Field Post-Partum

Shelli is the Associate Head Track & Field Coach at the Univeristy of Iowa, USA.  After working hard as a track athlete as a junior, she started volunteering in high school and soon went on to become a part-time coach at DIvision III level.  Now, with a coaching resume over...

The Power of the Superstar: Skill versus Physical Development.

It’s fair to say that Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers to have ever lived; some say he’s the best.  It seems that in every football conversation, his name is mentioned at least once, especially amongst coaches. You see, Messi bucks the trend of tall powerful footballers.  His...

Do not let stereotypes stand in your way!

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Brenda is the Head Coach to the Queen's University Mens Volleyball Team in Ontario, Canada.  Her career has spanned 40 years and in that time she has won many Championships, has an incredible win-loss record and was inducted into the Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Below, Brenda shares with us her thoughts as to why there aren't more female coaches in employed positions and her advice for those wanting to progress in their careers.

 "Just recently, our province just had a posting for provincial team coaches and we are running two teams of 16 and under and two teams of 18 and under girls so we needed 4 Head coaches and 8 assistant coaches.  We had a total of 3 applicants in the whole pool that were female!  So we had to go out and actively recruit, but we did manage to get a few more women after some arm twisting!  It is a bit concerning that there aren’t more women who feel ready or want to put themselves out there.

Some years ago, I remember reading about a Sports Sociology study involving athletes at the high school age in both genders and they were asked ‘What was the most important trait in a good coach”?  They overwhelmingly said someone who respects me as a person, someone who can organise our group and lead us in working towards a common goal.  That is something I think women can absolutely do! From my experience, women don’t feel they are ready technically or tactically advanced enough,  but that’s easy to learn and the simplest part of coaching.  That’s lower on the list as far as athletes are concerned.  So I think more women need to believe in themselves and their communication and leadership abilities!

If I was going to give one piece of advice it would be don’t let stereotypes stand in your way and don’t be your own limiting factor.  If it’s something you want to do...apply! The worst that will happen is that you don’t get it, but if you don’t apply then you’re not going to get it, for sure!  So, you are ensuring the worst thing happens!  I think women should be encouraged to put themselves out there and try things...if I hadn’t agreed to take the second 18 year old boys team on when I was 23 years old, I may not have had a coaching career!  I didn’t know the men’s game, I just learned along the way and asked a lot of questions and 5 years later I was coaching University men.  So it’s really about being in the right place at the right time and also about taking risks and believing in yourself. 

Even going through the interview process a couple of times without being selected,  you learn something in the process and grow as a person, and when the right opportunity comes along then you’re ready!”

Watch out for an exclusive interview with Brenda here on the FCN website on Monday 27th April 2015.

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