Effective Listening Skills

You’ve said it and thought it before, just like all coaches have. “Why don’t they listen? I don’t feel like they ever pay attention.” As coaches and leaders we’ve all inevitably faced times where we felt like our message wasn’t being received. Now, go back in time and visualize the 16-year old version of yourself.[…]

How To Develop More Focused Players

You can picture it just like I can. In fact, as a coach, you’ve lived it just like I have. It’s the day before a game and your practice plan covers a lot of game prep. You need all 90+ minutes to get your team prepared for tomorrow’s competition. It’s also exam week; midterms to[…]

Social Media

It feels like every social media piece for players I’ve read on the Internet is themed on what “not” to post and the consequences of posting inappropriately. I’ve always thought those pieces are useful but not always helpful. Knowing the things to avoid is a useful place to begin but knowing what players SHOULD post[…]

Fragility of Players Confidence – Handle With Care

Our players confidence can be a fragile thing; strong today, broken tomorrow.  One moment their confidence is overflowing to an almost unhealthy level and within seconds it’s gone.   Regardless of where your players current confidence level is, as coaches we need to continuously work towards getting it to a healthy place.   You can’t win[…]

Don’t Miss The Point!

Sports have always been pressure-packed.   End of the game free throws.   Final drive with 2:00 minutes left on the clock.  Lining up face-to-face on a penalty kick.  Pressure is intertwined with sports.  The pressure in these moments is willingly accepted because the ecstasy of victory is so enticing. These moments are what make sports[…]

Why Invest?

Special guest blog written by NFL Linebacker and Lead ‘Em Up Ambassador Lorenzo Alexander Every year I return to my hometown, Oakland, California, to host a youth football camp through my ACES Foundation. I think it’s important to give back to the community, especially to help the youth realize that they have the ability to[…]

Staff Spotlight – Tucker Herzberg

Tucker Herzberg Joined Lead ‘Em Up September 2015 Position: Social Media Coordinator Tucker joined Lead ‘Em Up almost two years ago and coordinates all social media initiatives. With his passion for coaching and working with athletes, he has been a valuable addition to our team. Outside of his work with Lead ‘Em Up Tucker is[…]