Feb 02

Goal Setting Part Two

I previously looked at some new ideas about goal setting a few months ago and found some new thinking to add to it. If you are curious the previous blog on goal setting can be found here.

We are all familiar with SMART goal planning:

  • Specific–Is the goal defined and obvious enough?
  • Measurable–Is there a means of determining progress towards attaining the goal?
  • Action–What effort is required?
  • Realistic–Can the athlete achieve the goal? A future blog will look at stretch goals.
  • Time Based–Is there a specific date for the athlete to aim for regarding achieving this goal?

But what I have discovered is a nice addition to SMART–the three Ps!

  • Positive–Does the goal layout the desired positive behavior?
  • Process–Does the goal relate to performance, technique or behavior that is under the athlete’s control rather than an outcome goal?
  • Personal–Does the athlete own this goal and not one imposed on them?

Thanks to Stephanie Hanrahan and Daniel Gucciardi for this–I found it in their Sharpening Mental Skills chapter in Coaching Excellence, edited by Frank Pyke.

Jan 26

How to Develop and Use Networks

Throughout my career I have been told about the importance of networking. Meet strangers, hand out your card, tell them what you do in 30 seconds or less. We’ve all been victims of networking events, planned and unplanned. But I finally found some guidance on how to truly approach networking and what to seek from it.

The Harvard Business Review has a wonderful article titled “How Leaders Create & Use Networks.” It’s an old article from 2007 but I found its suggestions on how to network and what to get out of networking a bit more detailed than I have ever encountered before.

The articles does a nice job of dividing networking into three types:

  • Operational: “getting things done” within your current job
  • Personal: Personal & Professional Development
  • Strategic: Finding out about the future and finding supporters

Take a look and maybe it will help you structure how you approach your networking.

Jan 22

Back in the Saddle

Well, no excuses, right? I am been absent from this blog far too long.

I have been distracted by my move to a new home in a new city in a new part of the country. Plus new jobs for my wife and me. And, last but not least, becoming empty nesters as our daughter went off to college.

But I have been accumulating a few great blog ideas and research so stand by for a steady flow of new blogs over the next few months.

Sep 07

Smart Teams Play Safe–Upcoming Conference


SmartTeams Play Safe™: Protecting the Health & Safety of the Whole Child In Youth Sports By Implementing Best Practices

Monday September 15, 2014

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  

Cost: $45.00 (includes lunch and reception)

There are still seats and sponsorship opportunities available for our groundbreaking summit in Boston. Join us as a stellar roster of national experts give educational, “TED-talk”-style presentations on youth sports health and safety best practice recommendations and we celebrate the launch of MomsTEAM Institute’s innovative SmartTeam™ program implementing those best practices in six pilot programs around the country in the fall of 2014.

Experts will show how, by following best practices, we can stem the rising tide of injuries that have become an all-too-common and unfortunate by-product of today’s hyper-competitive, overspecialized, and over-commercialized youth sports environment.

Among the speakers will be:

–      Brian Hainline, MD, Chief Medical Officer, National Collegiate Athletic Association

–       Doug Casa, Ph.D, ATC, FACSM, FNATA, Chief Operating Officer of the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut and the country’s leading expert on exertional heat illness and sudden death in athletes

–      Rosalind Wiseman, best-selling author of Queen Bees and Wannabesand Masterminds & Wingmen, and leading parenting educator

–       Lyle Micheli, MD,  Director of the Division of Sports Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital and a pioneer in pediatric sports injury prevention

–       Brooke de Lench, producer, THE SMARTEST TEAM: Making High School Football Safer (PBS) and author of Home Team Advantage.

–       Joe Ehrman, former National Football League player and author ofInSide Out Coaching.

–      Neehru Jayanthi, MD, USPTA, Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation, Loyola (Chicago) Stritch School of Medicine, and a leading expert on pediatric overuse injuries and the dangers of early specialization.

To register, click here.

For more information about the conference, click here.  

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE STILL AVAILABLE!  To sponsor this landmark event, click here or send an email toinfo@MomsTEAM.com.


About MomsTEAM Institute and MomsTEAM.com

Launched in August 2000, MomsTeam.com has grown over the last 15 years, both in terms of content and reputation, to the point that it now has 10,000 + pages of information for youth sports parents and has become the most trusted source of sports parenting information, widely recognized as one of, if not the, top websites of its kind.

MomsTeam Institute, Inc. is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation formed in 2013 to continue and expand on MomsTEAM’s mission of providing comprehensive, well-researched information to youth sports parents, coaches, athletic trainers, and other health care professionals about all aspects of the youth sports experience.

Aug 15

Respect for Sport Coaches on ESPN?

The other day, I was watching ESPN while I was working out. One of the segments I watched first was about Johnny Manziel aka “Johnny Football” and his chances at becoming the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback. Shannon Sharp, one of the commenters during this segment, commented (paraphrased as I did not stop running to write the direct quote down), “…don’t be too hasty in making this judgment as most of the players he has been playing against will be signing up for unemployment or coaching next week.”

Well, I was taken aback when I heard Sharp’s word. I realize the point he was making about NFL preseason games  but his comment stung. I just didn’t like how he lumped coaches into it.

In comparison, a few minutes later Jim Caviezel came on to promote his new movie, When the Game Stands Tall. He was asked why he took this particular role, Caviezel replied that he did it as a tribute to his coaches. He further explained that his coaches helped him become a better actor. That threw the ESPN host back a bit. So Caviezel explained how as a basketball player he learned how to deal with rejection which aided him immensely in the eight years it took to get his career going. He also talked about the positive influence his coaches had on him helping him pursue being the best player he could be.

Anyone who knows me gets that I am biased about good coaches. I love them for their work and their contributions to our communities. I wonder what Shannon Sharp truly thinks about coaches. I do thank Jim Caviezel for his feelings and finding a vehicle to share his experiences with the rest of us.



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