Author Archives: Karl Avdek
Author Archives: Karl Avdek
CLICK TO JOIN PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE SPORTS FACEBOOK GROUP Developing confidence in young players is crucial not only for their development but just to keep them playing. The key to development is to keep them in the game. Confidence is vitally important in order for young players to advance in their development. Ask any and […]Read More..
Are you confident in your ABILITY TO CHANGE? Are you confident you can make ADJUSTMENTS and make things BETTER or do you find yourself and others around you saying, “I can’t?” How frustrating is it to hear the words, “I can’t” from a child; a youngster you are coaching or working with; perhaps even your […]Read More..
When you or an athlete you are working with are called upon to change, how do you respond when faced with … “I CAN’T”!!! “Waaaaah …!!!” (That’s the sound of crying). I can’t do it. I can’t change. I just can’t. It’s the way I am!!! I can’t … can’t … can’t … !!! (Now […]Read More..
Mental Toughness in Sports Parenting. Why IS it important to have fun? Are you … as a parent … having fun with youth sports? How about your children? Are THEY having fun? Are you connecting to your children through your sport or are you in constant turmoil; conflicted over goals; conflicted over “what those goals […]Read More..
Mental Toughness in Sports Parenting Fear of the baseball and the pitcher. Fear. Youth coaches and sports parents deal the young players fears all the time. A lot of the players’ fears are, of course “performance” related. “Performance anxiety” is the correct term and, as we all know very well, the condition is NOT confined […]Read More..
Mental Toughness in Sports Parenting and Fear of the Ball Have you ever had a younger child; (usually under ten) who is AFRAID of the baseball; a youngster who is afraid of getting HIT by the pitch or is intimidated; literally SCARED of the pitcher. This may seem trivial to some adults who are accustomed […]Read More..
Learn how to float There is an important word in sprinting and running mechanics. The word is “Float.” Sounds like a very strangword to use when describing sprinting and running hard, doesn’t it? Float? When you’re supposed to be running as hard as you can? What are you talking about? You’re kidding me, right? Are […]Read More..
The Mother’s role in mental toughness and sports parenting Have you as a parent … either gender works; mother or father … been to your son or daughter’s game biting your nails and fidgeting in the stands; nervous and scared as your youngster performs? Perhaps one of you is even coaching. Your nine year old […]Read More..
Teach proper running mechanics for youngsters. “Get them when they’re young and teach them how to run” and “Speed kills so teach speed skills.” These are both great fundamental philosophies and slogans for any youth sports program. I am a huge huge HUGE proponent of teaching, training, and administrating and managing youth athletes in a […]Read More..
There is a saying among teaching and coaching professionals throughout ALL sports and especially TEAM sports. Speed kills!!! There is no one single factor that impacts on athletic performance as much as speed. It is more important than size and even sport specific skill and hand-eye coordination. It literally … the correct word would be […]Read More..