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The Competitive Advantage- A Newsletter for Coaches

My newsletter focused on the three pillars of peak performance; building high-performing athletes, creating championship cultures, and coaches who sustain excellence. In the newsletter, I provide frameworks and practical strategies that I have used during my 23-year career as a Varsity Boys Basketball coach and work as a Mental Performance Coach.

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Issue 98- The Keys to Effective Goal Setting. Part 1- Team Goals

The Keys to Effective Goal Setting. Part 1- Team Goals One of the key ways to build a competitive advantage for both your athletes and team is setting effective goals. Creating a clear target with your athletes drives performance and provides clarity. Over the next few issues I will doing a deep dive on the goal seting process I find most effective. This week I will be unpacking the framework we use for setting goals as a team. None of this is earth shattering news, everyone knows that goals...

A Tribute to my Father, my favourite coach. It is Father's day in North America today. So the format is a little different this week. It is my first Father's day without my dad so I thought I would share something I wrote about him a few years ago. My father, Guy Payne passed away in December after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. If you have ever watched someone you care about fight Parkinson's you know what a terrible disease it is. He was a teacher and a coach. Coaching Track and...

Join me & SAVI coaching for a free webinar this Sunday! I am excited to join with Tyler Coston of SAVI coaching for a free webinar this Sunday, June 2nd at 6 pm. It is a preview of the month long cohort on infusing mental performance skills in your coaching. It is a preview of the content of the cohort that will be running Thursdays in June. Creating a Competitive Advantage with Mental Performance Skills Topics that will be previewed include: Why coaches need to be teaching Mental Skills...

Join me & SAVI coaching for a month long cohort. I am excited to joining with Tyler Coston, and Mark Cascio of SAVI coaching for a month long cohort on infusing mental performance skills in your coaching. Topics include: Utilizing the 4 E's framework to effectively teach Mental Performance Skills to your Athletes Understanding the power of Self-talk Building Routines for Peak Performance Helping athletes handle the ups and downs of competition The cohort includes all the teaching materials...

Join me & SAVI coaching for a month long cohort. I am excited to joining with Tyler Coston, and Mark Cascio of SAVI coaching for a month long cohort on infusing mental performance skills in your coaching. Topics include: Utilizing the 4 E's framework to effectively teach Mental Performance Skills to your Athletes Understanding the power of Self-talk Building Routines for Peak Performance Helping athletes handle the ups and downs of competition The cohort includes all the teaching materials...

Communication A great coaches superpower - Part 1 of 3 I have studied the world's best coaches and they share a common trait, regardless of their sport. They are master communicators. They understand how to communicate their ideas concisely, ask great questions, and provide helpful feedback. It allows them to teach, and build relationships effectively. Effective communication allows them to create a competitive advantage which powers their team to succeed at the highest level. The ability to...

Guiding Greatness: Tools to Help Coaches Understand Athlete Motivations Last week I did a deep dive into the importance of understanding your athletes motivation. When an athlete feels like their coach understands If you haven't read it, I would love if you read it here: Read Issue #91 on understanding Motivation here This week I am providing resources to help you learn more about motivation and handouts to use with your team. A Few Great Podcasts I am a fanboy of the Finding Mastery Podcast....

Guiding Greatness: How Coaches Shape Athlete Motivations Several readers have asked me to write about techniques to help them motivate their athletes. So let's explore the complicated factors determining our athletes' motivation. Coaches try some crazy things to motivate their athletes. My favorite example occured years ago when my son's PeeWee football tam was preparing to play a team named the Unicorns. Certainly, a bad name for a football team. His coach thought he would motivate the kids...

Resources to help guide your Strategic Seasonal Reflection. The offseason has arrived and I have more energy and time to write. So the newsletter will go back to being sent out weekly. But I am going to try something a little different. Each month two issues will be deep dives on a specific topic to help coaches. The other two issues will feature resources to help coaches build a competitive advantage. The resources will be related to the deep dives. Last week's deep dive explored a framework...

Strategic Seasonal Reflection: A 6-Step Guide My 23rd season came to a close on the weekend. It was by far the strangest of my career. We were interrupted by cancellations, lots of cancellations. Bad weather seemed to when things were scheduled. -53 on a tournament weekend in January, and 18 inches of snow in early March both derailed us (please explain to me why I live here). Additionally, my province is going through a contentious round of negotiations between the government and it's...