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Knowing a learning style and brain bias will allow coaches to alter their method of instruction to ensure that every athlete is on the same page and understands the demands placed on them. This knowledge is particularly helpful when introducing a new coaching staff with new systems, playbooks and game plans. Every year new recruits are introduced into the team environment and knowing the specific athlete learning style will help coaches get new team members up to speed quickly
A visual learning style indicates a preference for seen or observed learning. Players with this learning style will use phrases such as "show me what you want me to do" & "can I watch someone demonstrate this first so I have an idea." Players with this learning style will work well reading instructions and lists prior to performing a task or drill.
An auditory learning style indicates a preference for instruction and coaching through listening to someone speak. Players with this learning style will use phrases such as "Tell me what you want me to do" or "Can you repeat the instructions again." Players with this learning style often remember previous interactions with teammates and coaches, written details and words to a song.
A Kinaesthetic learning style indicates a preference for learning by doing as opposed to listening and watching. Players with this learning style will use phrases such as "Let me try this out and you can correct me as I go" or "I am not sure what you mean, what if I try this?" Players with this learning style have a tough time concentrating on details and prefer to experiment.
This assessment provides further insight into the thought patterns and processing style for each individual. While it is preferable to have a perfectly balanced brain, the majority of individuals will show a preference to one side or the other. Our assessment determines if a significant bias is present providing information to a coach or manager on the makeup of his/her athlete.
The brain is categorized into two hemispheres, the right and the left. The left side of the brain is analytical and functions in a sequential and logical fashion and is the side that controls language, academic studies and rationality. The right side is creative and intuitive and leads, for example, to the development of ideas for works of art and music.
Emotional Intelligence is still a relatively new term as it correlates to athletic performance. It has been discussed at length as a measure of business performance and some of these successes transfer easily to the athletic realm. The idea of being mentally tough, getting over a tough loss or being able to “flip a switch” and perform at the highest level on a consistent basis relates to the level of Emotional Intelligence that an athlete posses. The last point here is the key “the ability to control your emotions and create peak performance on demand.”
Fundamental to understanding emotional intelligence is knowing that emotional intelligence is a competency based framework. What this means is that the athlete already has a level of skill in emotional intelligence, it is just the degree of its development. Many will argue that most high performance athletes will possess greater levels of Emotional Intelligence compared to the average individual. Some have an excellent skill level, others have beginner level and there are numerous degrees in between.
It is naturally gifted in some of us; however, emotional intelligence can be taught, learnt and continually developed, just as resilience can be. Often people put too much emphasis on the physical capabilities of an athlete and forget that it’s the mental skills and mental hierarchy, that makes or breaks the athlete. It’s the six inches between your ears that ultimately wins the race or match. Being mentally tough and able to perform at your best under pressure is what distinguishes the elite athletes from the ordinary.
Pressure is a continuum from little to significant. The further you move along this continuum during a game or match, the more pressure you feel and certain things start to happen. Increased heart rate, breathing rate, nervousness and so on. Are you “gripping the stick too tightly” or holding out for the “perfect play”? How you learn to recognize and control these symptoms of pressure determines how well you can use them to your advantage in the heat of competition. Think Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps or Tiger Woods. Not performing under pressure occurs when an athlete thinks too much about the outcome rather than the process.
The assessment process is simple, modern, sport specific, technologically current and effective. A draft prospect, signed prospect or player in any part of your organization can be tested and understood regardless of their status and geographical place. Athletes are assessed on multiple factors that indicate a potential to: perform under pressure, lead others, influence with optimism, drive success, hold self confidence, be of high character, possess grit, desire winning.
There is no replacement for the expertise that scouts, managers and coaches posses with their unique skill sets. This tool is meant to add a layer of information that can aid professionals in their decision making.
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The culture of your organization is powerful enough to encourage and inspire your athletes, or conversely, negatively affect their satisfaction and performance. A strong positive team culture is not an organic adoption of organizational behaviors, but a well-planned component of your coaching and management strategy. Organizational culture is found in the values of your team and the systems in place to run the organization and deliver the product on the ice/field/court.
Teams need to create an environment where athletes wake up every day to enjoy their sport because they know that no matter if they have a good or bad day they can rely on your team leaders and the culture ecosystem that has been created. Before a team can create or improve this environment, a thorough understanding of the current organizational culture needs to be understood.
A team is influenced by a variety of factors that determine the effectiveness or lack thereof within the group. The influences on group dynamics are: composition, structure, the environment, personal factors and team factors
The team culture assessment uncovers the truth about where your organization is on the culture scale by employing the following methods
Thorough and anonymous online culture surveys
In person private, off site and anonymous interviews
In person culture walk assessment to record: staff and athlete behavior, interactions, body language, social programs etc..
Athlete social media search to uncover details about their current satisfaction or dissatisfaction