Insights of winning coaches: some of the most important tricks of the trade
Across the years there have been many coaches that have stood above the rest. They have come to revolutionize the world of sports with their personalities, their insights and their way of living and breathing the game and their desire for excellence and the glorious win. While many of these coaches are different, with different […]
“At the end of every feeling there is nothing, but at the end of every principal is a promise” – Eric Thomas The 2 models to the Decision Train: Feelings ——-> Actions ——–> Decisions (Most People) Decisions ——> Actions ——–> Feelings (Top Performers) The top 5% make decisions first regardless of how they feel. And […]
The Power of Positive Thinking
This is one of the most popular topics we can talk about when integrating the mental aspects that help or hinder our ability to succeed in sports. To have a positive trend of thinking can help us to consistently be at the top of our game and perform at our highest level. While this topic […]
Importance of Mastering Essential Skills
In hockey just like all other sports, it all starts with understanding and then learning the essential skills.
As a coach who has coached both at a senior and junior level, I always find it interesting and alarming on how many hockey players have failed to master essential hockey skills. In hockey just like all other sports, it all starts with understanding and then learning the essential skills so the question needs to […]
The Good and the Getting Better – Part One
In Part One: John Rahme, Strength Coach, Life Coach and Mentor shares his thoughts on coaches and athletes mindset and being good and getting better
In an open gym I stand for a moment in between sets, watching and observing people train which can be quite interesting, especially for myself. I watch what they are doing, how they are lifting, what they are lifting and their intensity. Above all, I look at the exercise been undertaken and their form. This […]
Insight Interview with Warren Birmingham – HNSW Coaching Director & Former Australian Player
We recently caught up with 2015 NSW Waratah’s Coach and former Kookaburra player Warren Birmingham and discussed coaching and playing at a high level. Warren is the current Hockey NSW Coaching director and an accomplished coach and former international player. Warren’s achievements are: Debuted for the Kookaburras in 1984 Represented Australia for 1o years Played […]
Quick Fixes Vs Skills Mastery in Hockey
Becoming a better field hockey player unfortunately can’t be done with quick fixes or a 3 hour course. It takes hours of practice and the right technique training to succeed.
How many times have you signed up or brought the latest course or quick fix that is aimed at getting fast results? We have all been guilty of this from time to time including myself. It drives me crazy as a hockey coach having kids wanting to throw overheads, Tomahawk or attempt drag flicks etc. […]
Representative Hockey: You just never know how close you really are!
A real life story on a hockey player’s fight as to keep working hard regardless of the circumstances and disappointments along the way. Ignored by selectors as a junior he went on to prove them wrong. Whether we like it or not, players will come up against some disappointment in their playing careers.
In my time as a player and coach I’ve only seen a few players have what I would call a “smoother ride” than most in regards to representative selections in juniors and seniors and at some stage the majority of players will experience disappointment on not being selected in a representative team. Keeping this in […]
Strength training for junior hockey players
When is the right time to incorporate strength training for the young field hockey player? Should they be using weights in their training or should a player and coach stay completely away from this area until the player is an young adult?
There are many questions in this area on strength training in general, but not a lot of questions on strength training for young athletes. Some aspects to consider with junior players and strength training: 1. Think Longer Term Adopt a long term approach rather than a quick fix. For example a 6 session program […]
Insight interveiw with Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens
We recently caught up with Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens whilst Adam was in Sydney for the Hockeyroos vs China test match series and sat down and discussed coaching and playing at a high level. Adam is both an accomplished player and coach. Some of Adam’s achievements as a player and coach are: 143 games for […]