The Three Percenters

As our fall seasons get started, I thought this would be a good time to re-post a reminder to our coaches and parents about the mathematical possibility of advancing in athletics.  Every time I share these stats, I think about the time I had to calmly explain to another parent that it is impossible for…
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I’m Sorry I Yelled At You On The Bus

I made a lot of mistakes as a high school head coach.  Now that I’ve been an athletic director for a while, I recognize that many of the mistakes I made are common among brand new, young, former athlete turned head coaches, but that doesn’t change the fact that I made a lot of mistakes…
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Pitch Counts, Tommy John, And America’s Pastime

With the NBA and NHL playoffs nearing their championships, it’s the time of year for baseball to take center stage.  While our high school seasons are wrapping up across the country (except for Iowa who I personally think does high school baseball correctly), we turn our attention to Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, American Legion, and…
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More On Youth Sports

A couple months ago, I came across this blog post detailing what former MLB outfielder Mark Kotsay believes is important in leading a youth baseball team.   (If you don’t know who Mark Kotsay is, Wikipedia has you covered here.)  Kotsay’s suggestions are baseball specific because that’s naturally what people will ask him about, but his…
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Better Coaching Techniques For Better Coaches

My first real coaching job when I was fresh from the factory was in Hillsboro, ND, as an assistant football, basketball, and baseball coach for the high school teams.  In my role as an assistant basketball coach, I had the opportunity to work under Elliot Rotvold, who is still the head boys’ basketball coach for…
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