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[…]

Becoming a Self Aware Leader

For leaders to bring out the best in those they are surrounded by, they first need to strive to be the best version of themselves. Being the best version of you begins with with understanding your strengths and weaknesses. Great leaders take full advantage of and capitalize on their strengths, and figure out a game-plan[…]

Why Leadership Is Important

Special guest blog written by NFL Linebacker and Lead ‘Em Up Ambassador Lorenzo Alexander Throughout my athletic career, leadership has always been an important aspect of every team I’ve ever been on, starting at around eleven or twelve years of age. Around that time is when sports became more competitive and certain guys started being[…]

How To Effectively Communicate as a Coach

Effective leaders are effective communicators. Great coaches and leaders understand it’s not about what they know. Rather, it’s about how they communicate to empower those lead to achieve at a high level. Communication is key in all aspects of life, and certainly in sports. The quality of our relationships are determined by the quality of[…]