This past weekend we had our biggest duel meet of the second semester. It was against the league rival that most closely resembles our team. In the past ten years, the competitions between our two teams — in every sport — have grown in intensity.
Taper anxiety. It happens at the end of every season, and it affects coaches and athletes alike. I think it comes from the extra rest.
We are now into the mythical era of the season – the days and weeks when we pursue the legendary and sometimes-elusive “taper.” Many athletes think there is some sort of magic to taper. They think that if they simply cut back on their yardage – or simply start to go FAST with a little more rest – they will automatically have best times at the Big Meet.
It appears as if Glenn’s visit paid immediate dividends. Our men won every single swimming event on their way to winning their first league duel meet.
This week I have a question (several, actually) and a predicament. The question is: Can you coach motivation? And if it’s something that you have to teach an athlete (one that doesn’t have his or her own internal source of motivation), how far can that athlete go if he depends on external sources for his motivation?
I have been down here in sunny Southern Florida for the past three days, and I have been loving every moment. My sun burned, face, neck, and arms are proof that I may be loving it too much.
The holiday season is rife with rituals for the Coach Black family. Our Christmas Eve tradition is pizza and wings, after which we open presents with our godparents.
Warning: This week’s article comes with a disclaimer. I am going to talk about the different communication styles of men and women.
Prior to going on break we were in a real training groove, the kind that happens only after weeks of working together. Practices were done right, with minimal intervention on my part.
I watched Alice’s Restaurant for the first time this week. I have known the song lyrics for as long as I can remember. There’s one part that talks about the Group W bench