NDSU Professors & Graduate Students

Coaches Coaching Coaches 1.2

This is the second edition of Coaches Coaching Coaches.  The purpose of  CCC is to provide an outlet for coaches to share coaching knowledge that helps other coaches become better coaches. CCC is interested in all topics related to coaching, for example, skill...

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Coaches Coaching Coaches 1.1

Dr. Brad Strand (NDSU) is working to provide Educational information to coaches.  It is going to be called Coaches Coaching Coaches (CCC).  The purpose of CCC is to provide an outlet for coaches to share coaching knowledge that helps other coaches become better...

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Every Moment Matters

Why do I coach? A coach should be a positive role model in a player’s life. A good coach should also build character through positive coaching and realize the influence they have to make a lasting impact on their athletes.  There is no better reward as a coach than to...

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How COVID Impacted Sports

For the past two years, COVID 19 has impacted all aspects of society. School went online, games were postponed, tournaments were cancelled, and many high school athletes lost their ‘last shot at forever.’ This paper discusses the negative and positive impacts that...

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Be Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Coaches and athletes must be careful not to confuse comfortable with correct. Whenever one undertakes changes, he or she feels uncomfortable and it is easy to slide back into the comfortable, even though that might not be correct. This paper speaks to the process of...

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A Growth Culture in Sports

Mindsets, be they fixed or growth, are acquired over time and are deeply ingrained. Research has shown that when individuals believe they can grow their abilities, they are willing to take on challenges and not give up when setbacks occurred. Growth mindset followers...

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Developing a High School Coaching Mentorship Program

Mentoring has become an important aspect of professional development for young coaches. Too often young coaches are left on their own to develop their coaching skills once they leave college. For first year coaches, all the duties and responsibilities that go along...

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Frequency Asked Questions About Early Sport Specialization

Youth athletes, and often their parents, are enamored with the so-called benefits of sport specialization, but sometimes fail to consider the risks involved. The idea of receiving a scholarship after high school to play sports often outweighs the negative effects that...

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The Influence of Peer Connections in Youth Sports

The need for positive outcomes from peers is greatly amplified in teams with players from different school systems:  traveling teams, summer leagues, and youth sport camps and trainings.  Peer connections are an under-utilized tool offered to every sport team.  Peer...

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An Argument for Late Specialization In Youth Sport

This paper looks to investigate youth athlete dropout rates, the reasons for youth athlete dropout, and ways to improve youth athlete retention through analysis of preexisting research. It was found that youth athlete dropout rates are alarmingly high. It was also...

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Benefits of Attaining Coaching Certification

In today’s competitive youth, club, and high school sports teams, there is an even greater need than ever before for all relevant adults to go through and complete a coaching certification course. The benefits of being certified or having certified coaches on your...

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Learning from Losses