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If you work with or in a team, this section is a must. We cover pre-season preparation, the development of teams, team selection, the secrets of great teams as well as all things related to building strong athlete engagement from team loyalty to building athlete responsibility. You may find our sections for our most recent articles, resources and materials, latest newsletters, or 5 Minutes with Bo Hanson video series valuable too.

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Destructive Sport Team Roles

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments In previous articles we have discussed the importance of ensuring each of your athletes play a specific non-technical role on the team (and

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The Holy Grail in Sport – Selecting Athletes for the Best Team

Ask any successful business person or entrepreneur what makes their business so powerful and most respond with some variation of the theme, ‘selection of their people’. Even ask couples with enduring and loving relationships, what makes them so happy together and they often say ‘tremendous selection’! Sport is no different. Ask any of the coaching greats what makes the most successful team and almost without exception their immediate response is ‘selection’. Selection is the fabric or building block to exceptional results on and off the field.

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Your Athlete’s Value Beyond their ‘Position’

When you look at the athletes in your squad or team, what do you see? Do you just see the number on their back? Do you see their technical ability, and how this translates into their performance? Is there anything an athlete can contribute beyond their technical contribution? Have you ever thought about the impact certain players have on the rest of their team, especially when they are not there?

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Blame the Coach in Sport?

As sure as death and taxes, in every sports season there are winners and losers. More specifically, there is only one winner and then all the rest. For the teams who don’t win, everyone (fans, players, administrative staff, coaches, the list goes on…) has an opinion on why ‘their’ team was not successful this season.

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Athlete Engagement in Sport – Do Your Athletes Care?

Athlete Engagement is a critical concept for all sports coaches to understand. ‘Engagement’ is a borrowed term from the business world. There, it is a measurement of the degree to which an employee’s heart and mind is committed to their role, leader and company. It is so important in business because engagement has a direct and significant link to profitability. Research shows engaged individuals deliver an additional 30% in discretionary effort compared to disengaged individuals.

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Coach-Athlete Relationships: Bond Athletes to their Coach, Team and Club

As a coach ensuring your athlete is always striving to gain a 1% improvement in their performance can be one of the hardest parts of your job. At Athlete Assessments, we often speak about the importance of a quality coach-athlete relationship, and how this can be used to improve athlete performance. This article discusses how to improve emotional bonds and engagement, and how understanding these factors improves your athlete’s performance.

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Sports Team Culture Case Study

Here in Australia, sport is part of the fabric of our society. Growing up, few achievements are more significant than to be part of a championship high school sports team. The relative glory this brings from the accolades of the past students who relive their experiences through to the younger generation of champions, to the proud parents, whose children must have inherited their wonderful athletic genes – everyone loves a winner. As part of my high school rowing team, I dreamt each year as I progressed through the age groups, about the opportunity to win the championship race, aptly named the ‘Head of the River’. What made the dream even more poignant was the fact that in my senior years of school, I was hoping to be part of the crew who would break the losing drought for our school. Not since 1948, when the race was contested in four man boats, had my school won the prestigious event. In 1955, the event was contested in eight man boats and this was the race I now found myself a part of.

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Tuckman’s Stages of Team Development in Sport

Every high-performance sports team goes through the four main stages of team development. As a Coach you should understand the Stages of Team Development your team will be working through and how to help them achieve their best during each stage.

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