Category: Team Culture

Coaches: Foster an Environment Where Athletes Feel Comfortable Talking With You

It’s no secret that a coach has the power to create a lasting impact on the life of an athlete.  Regardless of age, sport, or level, coaches often serve as a beacon in shaping the next generation, both on and off the field. We've all had coaches that have left a positive impact on us and it's commonly known that open and honest communication is critical for a coach when building meaningful relationships with athletes...through both the good and bad. Yet many athletes don't always feel comfortable going to their coach to discuss successes and shortcomings, and some don't at all.  With data from over 1,400 athletes ranging from youth and high schoolers to professionals and Olympians, Premier's Research and Analytics team found that only 20.9% of athletes always talk with their coach about what's going ...

The Power Five: Team Support

There’s truly nothing more fulfilling than being part of a team that functions as a well-oiled machine. We all know that the value of being on a team transcends wins and losses; between all the long bus rides and team gatherings are adversity-defying moments, character-building experiences, and budding friendships, all of which can serve as puzzle pieces that shape an athlete’s life for decades to come. The dynamics of a team can truly shape lives…a vehicle for culture, growth, and learning. Yet in a puzzle, no one piece looks the same…but they all play a critical role in creating a rock-solid final product. The same can be said for the dynamic of a team. It’s important for athletes to understand the dynamic of their team…their relationship with teammates and coaches, if they feel that their voice is heard, and that their worth is valued as a human being…not just an athlete. All of that and plenty more is measured by team support.

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Does Your Child Have a Growth Mindset? (And Why It’s Important They Do)

Little League victories, Pee Wee hockey losses, high school soccer titles, and heartbreaking AAU basketball defeats.  Any of these sound familiar to you? The emotional roller coaster of youth sports teaches children lessons and values that span the spectrum; the joy of learning a new skill, the beauty of developing lifelong friendships, and the foundation of being part of something bigger than one's self.  Those are all incredibly important, yet perhaps one of the most valuable growth opportunities to come from youth sports is the ability to deal with outcomes…both good and bad.  Youth sport teaches athletes to win with grace and lose with dignity; sportsmanship, something the world can always use more of.  Yet dealing with outcomes is much m...