WHY IS…Listening So Crucial?

Great leaders understand the importance of listening well. Being a great listener benefits you and the other person. It’s the ultimate win-win. As a coach you understand how important the skill of listening is, but do your players? Here’s four reasons why Listening is essential: Learn in Every Opportunity – When you are a great listener it allows[…]

Serving is Leading

Special guest blog written by professional lacrosse player and Lead ‘Em Up ambassador Kevin Buchanan: With the holidays behind us… hope everyone enjoyed theirs… I can’t believe it is already mid-January. For the lacrosse players out there, we all get that same feeling, the season is within reach. Preparation starts to ramp up, zoning in[…]

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[…]