Deliberate Practice

There is probably not a single coach who haven’t heard about the “10.000 hour rule” and with it a small fraction of the research done by Swedish professor Anders Ericsson at Florida State University. As a consequence you get coaches all over the world, in different sports, preaching that every player needs to train for at least 10.000 hours if they want to become good. This preaching from coaches combined with early specialization is something that doctors and physiotherapist has noticed with the amount of overtraining injuries such as for example ACL injuries increasing in pre-pubescent children.  Now, if you’d … Continue reading Deliberate Practice

Super Bowl Reflections

On Sunday the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 to win their 6th Super Bowl championship since head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady joined the team in 2000. This is one of the most impressive and successful dynasties in team sports and the question everyone asks is why. Sure, Tom Brady is the GOAT and yes, Bill Belichick is a great coach who works hard in making sure his team is prepared for the next opponent, since coaching “beats being a plumber” as he may or may not have said. After winning Super Bowl 51 … Continue reading Super Bowl Reflections

Team Bonding

What happens when a new player comes into your team? Just imagine for a second that you are a player, showing up for practice as usual and all of a sudden there’s a new face next to you in the dressing room. You shake this persons hand and present yourself and maybe ask a couple of questions that leads you to conclude that you have a new teammate.  The players on your team are used to talk about certain topics, they do this in a certain way and they have become so used to each others body language that they … Continue reading Team Bonding

Coaching Convention

For the third straight year I attended the “Soccer Coaching Convention” in Chicago last week. It’s a fascinating event with its size and the amount of coaches that attend. The scale of the event is huge and the locations are so big that you get enough exercise just walking through the convention hall once. This year it was reported that it was over 14.000 coaches attending, I’m not sure where they all were, but it sure was a lot of people continuously walking around. The question is what they were searching for during these days. For me, before traveling to … Continue reading Coaching Convention

Team Culture

We have all heard players and coaches who have just won a big game or a championship talk about the incredible team culture that made them persevere and reach this pinnacle of their careers. They often speak about their team culture with great pride and with an aura of mysticism.  As a coach you want to create a good team culture, whatever that might be, but it’s probably a team culture that increases the chance of your team winning more games. You’ve read about great teams and great coaches who’ve been able to install a team culture that produced results. … Continue reading Team Culture

Prisoner’s Dilemma and Teams

There’s a simple gambling game called the Prisoner’s Dilemma that is played by two players against each other with a banker who pays out winnings to the two players based on the outcome. Outcome 1 is both players cooperating and getting paid $300 each. In outcome 2 both players defect and is fined $10 each. Outcome 3 is when you cooperate and the other player defects, with the banker paying the other player $500 (for the temptation) and fines you $100 for being a sucker. In outcome 4, the last one, you defect and the other player cooperates with the … Continue reading Prisoner’s Dilemma and Teams

Goal setting

In the last post we discussed the prospect of furthering your education in the new year. The holiday period is for many of us a good opportunity to reflect upon the year that has passed. We can use this time of reflection to set new goals for the best year of our lives – the next one. As we discussed in the previous post, here, you need self-awareness  to have a high quality reflection, knowledge about yourself, your strengths and your weaknesses. After your quality reflection you need to figure out what you want to do after the new year … Continue reading Goal setting

Increasing Self-Awareness

The holiday season is closing in and for many this means some days off, spending valuable time with your family and reflecting on the year that has passed. One of the reflections might be that you want to educate yourself further in 2019 to become an even better coach or leader. It is an admirable thought, to further your own education, but the question that should be asked is not why, but how. The why questions is already answered by wanting to learn more, you want to become a better version of yourself, great! But how will you do this, … Continue reading Increasing Self-Awareness

Football Braining Experience

I’m here in Lisbon reflecting on one of the best educational experiences I’ve just had here in the beautiful capital of Portugal. The course I attended was the Football Braining Experience from the World Football Academy, a course which takes psychology and translates it to the context of football and football language. This was the second time in as many years as the course has been held in Portugal, last year it was in Porto with me in attendance also there. Even though last years course was very good this years Football Braining Experience hit it out of the park for … Continue reading Football Braining Experience

Meditation

I just finished my second 10-day Vipassana meditation course in as many years yesterday. The first question I got from first time participants and non-participants was ‘how was it different this time?’. My answer is short and simple: It was less traumatic. Although after speaking to one of the servers at the course I recognize that this is very subjective for each individual, for him it was the other way around. The thought occurred to me sometime during the ten days that it might be interesting for you to know more about this type of meditation retreat, especially if you’re … Continue reading Meditation