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WYC 012 Youth Baseball and Upward Stars Basketball – Lance Akridge – ‘The Enemy to Great is Good’: What does it take to be a winning youth coach? Listen in as Lance Akridge shares coaching stories and discusses his journey to becoming a successful youth coach. - Lance works for Upward Stars – an affiliate of Upward Sports.

WYC 012 Youth Baseball and Upward Stars Basketball – Lance Akridge – ‘The Enemy to Great is Good’: What does it take to be a winning youth coach? Listen in as Lance Akridge shares coaching stories and discusses his journey to becoming a successful youth coach. - Lance works for Upward Stars – an affiliate of Upward Sports.

FromThe Winning Youth Coaching Podcast: Youth Sports | Coaching | Parenting | Family Resources


WYC 012 Youth Baseball and Upward Stars Basketball – Lance Akridge – ‘The Enemy to Great is Good’: What does it take to be a winning youth coach? Listen in as Lance Akridge shares coaching stories and discusses his journey to becoming a successful youth coach. - Lance works for Upward Stars – an affiliate of Upward Sports.

FromThe Winning Youth Coaching Podcast: Youth Sports | Coaching | Parenting | Family Resources

ratings:
Length:
54 minutes
Released:
Aug 4, 2014
Format:
Podcast Episode

Description

What does it take to be a winning youth coach? Listen in as Lance Akridge shares coaching stories and discusses his journey to becoming a successful youth coach.

Lance works for Upward Stars – an affiliate of Upward Sports. He actively coaches baseball and is constantly recruiting basketball coaches for Upward Stars’ teams. He is married and has three children, a 15 year-old son, 13 year-old son, and 12 year-old daughter.

Twitter: @upwardstars and @upwardstarsTN

Facebook: facebook.com/UpwardStarsNashville

Website: upwardstarsnashville.org
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Coaching/Leadership Quote
▪   ‘Be a transformational coach not a transactional coach’ – Inside-out Coaching

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Coaching your own Kid
▪   Lance shares that early on he was harder on his own kids than the other players - ‘I’ve learned to be coach on the field rather than be a Dad.’
My ‘Cringe’ Moment
▪   Taking things too seriously and losing perspective. Lance shares a story of taking his son to the baseball field and putting too much pressure on him to the point he was starting to cry- he regrets he had lost perspective
Coaching AH-HA Moment
▪   Watching other coaches embarrass themselves – ‘That is not who I am and not the type of character I am going to exemplify’
Teaching Children & Keeping it Fun
▪   Have patience; Overcommunicate; Impart confidence

▪   Baseball hitting game – Each player gets 7 swings and earns points based on result(kind of like Home Run derby)

▪   Basketball – Break into 3 person teams and have shooting competitions
Best Stolen Idea
HUGE IDEA #1: ‘Short lines, lots of repetitions, learning fundamentals’ - Baseball – Instead of having one coach hitting to the infield – have two coaches hit to each side of the infield and players run to the next line
Coaching Resources
▪   Baseball: Cal Ripken’s Coaches Clipboard – Daily emails – He sometimes forwards these to his players
Discipline
▪   The best way to keep them focused is to TALK LESS

▪   Make sure your discipline involves taking away fun games – don’t discipline them during talking times
Reward, Recognition, and Teambuilding
▪   Affirm positive behaviors continually

▪   HUGE IDEA #2: Let the players set 2 or 3 objective, realistic(but a slight stretch) goals for their season and continually use those as a target for all of their actions

▪   D-Groups – Twice a month they hang out – 1 hour of fun, 30 minutes eating, 45 minute character discussion ‘Player to Coach: ‘Because you care, I care’’
Inspiring Story
▪   A young man Lance coached in basketball had a really tough home life – was showing anger issues on the court – they loved him and disciplined him in love
 The One that Got Away
▪   Umpires incorrectly ended his game for time limit – Lance yelled at umps – he doesn’t regret fighting for what was right for his team – but wishes he had not displayed his anger towards the umpires the way he did
Coaching/Leadership Motivation
▪   Book: Coach Wooden

▪   Quote: ‘The Enemy to Great is Good’ – Jim Collins
Parting Advice
▪   Be organized

▪   Overcommunicate to the players and parents

▪   Inside-Out Coaching: ‘Be a transformational coach rather than a transactional coach’ - Joe Ehrmann
Upward Stars
▪   Competitive travel teams that are teaching kids to be leaders based on Luke 2:52 – Teaching athletes to grow mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially

▪   Currently in 10 citites – In Tennessee: upwardstarsnashville.org
Interview Links/ Promotional Partners
The Inspired Treehouse

 

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Released:
Aug 4, 2014
Format:
Podcast Episode