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Match Quarters: A Modern Guidebook to Split-Field Coverages
by Cody Alexander

Language

English

Pages

252

Publication Date

November 25, 2019

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Split-field coverages are nothing new. Many coaches around the country run them at all levels of play, but there are not many resources on how to teach them. In Cody Alexander's third book, he breaks down how to teach the many varieties of Quarters coverage. From simple match-Quarters to defending Empty and Quads formations, Coach Alexander breaks it down and simplifies the concepts for any coach. Xs and Os are great, but the players must still execute and the coach must know when to use each scheme. Match Quarters: A Modern Guidebook to Split-Field Coverages, allows anyone interested in football to have a deeper understanding of the game itself and why each coverage is used. Along with the basics, Coach Alexander gives you multiple tags and variations within each family (Cover 4 and Cover 2). Come learn the Art of X.
Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Building Teams and Winning at ...
by Michael Lombardi

Language

English

Pages

276

Publication Date

September 11, 2018

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<b>Former NFL general manager and three-time Super Bowl winner Michael Lombardi reveals what makes football organizations tick at the championship level. From personnel to practice to game-day decisions that win titles, Lombardi shares what he learned working with coaching legends Bill Walsh of the 49ers, Al Davis of the Raiders, and Bill Belichick of the Patriots, among others, during his three decades in football.</b><br /><br />Why do some NFL franchises dominate year after year while others can never crack the code of success? For 30 years Michael Lombardi had a front-row seat and full access as three titans--Bill Walsh, Al Davis, and Bill Belichick--reinvented the game, turning it into a national obsession while piling up Super Bowl trophies. Now, in <i>Gridiron Genius</i>, Lombardi provides the blueprint that makes a successful organization click and <i>win</i>--and the mistakes unsuccessful organizations make that keep them on the losing side time and again. <br />聽聽聽聽 In reality, very few coaches understand the philosophies, attention to detail, and massive commitment that defined NFL juggernauts like the 49ers and the Patriots. The best organizations are not just employing players, they are building something bigger. <i>Gridiron Genius </i>will explain how the best leaders evaluate, acquire, and utilize personnel in ways other professional minds, football and otherwise, won't even contemplate. How do you know when to trade a player? How do you create a positive atmosphere when everyone is out to maximize his own paycheck? And why is the tight end like the knight on a chessboard? <br />聽聽聽聽 To some, game planning consists only of designing an attack for the next opponent. But Lombardi explains how the smartest leaders script <i>everything</i>: from an afternoon's special-teams practice to a season's playoff run to a decade-long organizational blueprint. Readers will delight in the Lombardi tour of an NFL weekend, including what really goes on during the game on and off the field and inside the headset. <i>First stop</i>: Belichick's Saturday night staff meeting, where he announces how the game will go the next day. <i>Spoiler alert</i>: He always nails it.<br />聽聽聽聽 Football dynasties are built through massive attention to detail and unwavering commitment. From how to build a team, to how to watch a game, to understanding the essential qualities of great leaders, <i>Gridiron Genius </i>gives football fans the knowledge to be the smartest person in the room every Sunday.
Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time
by Ian O'Connor

Language

English

Pages

521

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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The definitive biography of the NFL鈥檚 most enigmatic, controversial, and yet successful coach<br /><br /> 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bill Belichick is perhaps the most fascinating figure in the NFL鈥攖he infamously dour face of one of the winningest franchises in sports. As head coach of the New England Patriots, he鈥檚 led the team to five Super Bowl championship trophies. In this revelatory and robust biography, readers will come to understand and see Belichick鈥檚 full life in football, from watching college games as a kid with his father, a Naval Academy scout, to orchestrating two Super Bowl鈥搘inning game plans as defensive coordinator for the Giants, to his dramatic leap to New England, where he has made history.<br /><br /> 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Award-winning columnist and <i>New York Times </i>best-selling author Ian O鈥機onnor delves into the mind of the man who has earned a place among coaching legends like Lombardi, Halas, and Paul Brown, presenting sides of Belichick that have been previously unexplored. O鈥機onnor discovers how this legendary coach shaped the people he met and worked with in ways perhaps even Belichick himself doesn鈥檛 know. Those who follow and love pro football know Bill Belichick only as the hooded genius of the Patriots. But there is so much more鈥攆rom the hidden tensions and deep layers to his relationship with Tom Brady to his sometimes frosty dealings with owner Robert Kraft to his ability to earn the unmitigated respect of his players鈥攊f not their affection. This is a man who has many facets and, ultimately, has created a notorious football dynasty. Based on exhaustive research and countless interviews, this book circles around Belichick to tell his full story for the first time, and presents an incisive portrait of a mastermind at work.
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.
by Daniel Coyle

Language

English

Pages

258

Publication Date

April 16, 2009

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<p><b>What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? This groundbreaking work provides readers with聽tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.</b><br /><br />Whether you鈥檙e coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.</p><p>Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world鈥檚 talent hotbeds鈥攆rom the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York鈥擟oyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.</p><p>鈥?Deep Practice Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn鈥檛 know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice.</p><p>鈥?Ignition We all need a little motivation to get started. But what separates truly high achievers from the rest of the pack? A higher level of commitment鈥攃all it passion鈥攂orn out of our deepest unconscious desires and triggered by certain primal cues. Understanding how these signals work can help you ignite passion and catalyze skill development.</p><p>鈥?Master Coaching What are the secrets of the world鈥檚 most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the four virtues that enable these 鈥渢alent whisperers鈥?to fuel passion, inspire deep practice, and bring out the best in their students.</p><p>These three elements work together within your brain to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to your movements and thoughts. Scientists have discovered that myelin might just be the holy grail: the foundation of all forms of greatness, from Michelangelo鈥檚 to Michael Jordan鈥檚. The good news about myelin is that it isn鈥檛 fixed at birth; to the contrary, it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated and nourished.</p><p>Combining revelatory analysis with illuminating examples of regular people who have achieved greatness, this book will not only change the way you think about talent, but equip you to reach your own highest potential.</p>
The Program: Lessons From Elite Military Units for Creating and S...
by , Jake MacDonald

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

August 27, 2019

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<p><b>Discover the military鈥檚 keys to excellent leadership and team building training</b></p> <p><i>The Program: Lessons From Elite Military Units for Creating and Sustaining High Performing Leaders and Teams </i>offers a hands-on guide to the winning techniques and tactics of The Program, the acclaimed team building and leadership development company. Drawing on the actual experiences of The Program鈥檚 instructors from their personal combat stories to working with world-class athletic teams and successful corporations, the book clearly shows how The Program鈥檚 training operations can help to achieve life goals and ambitions.</p> <p><i>The Program </i>offers a road map that contains illustrative examples, ideas, and approaches for improving teammates and leaders at all levels within an organization of any size or type.</p> <ul> <li>Bring your organization to the next level of success</li> <li>Discover how to hold your leaders and teammates to the highest standards</li> <li>Understand how accountability increases effectiveness</li> <li>Learn to communicate effectively聽</li> </ul> <p>This important book explores the military鈥檚 leadership and team building concepts that can be implemented to ensure an organization creates and sustains performance that adheres to the highest standards of excellence.聽</p>
Ordinary Joe
by Joe Schmidt

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

November 21, 2019

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<p><b>'He's a great coach. He lives and breathes the game. There's nothing he doesn't know.' Brian O'Driscoll</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>'The best coach Irish rugby - arguably Irish sport - has ever had' </b><br /><b>Malachy Clerkin, <i>Irish Times</i></b></p><p>In the autumn of 2010, a little-known New Zealander called Joe Schmidt took over as head coach at Leinster. He had never been in charge of a professional team. After Leinster lost three of their first four games, a prominent Irish rugby pundit speculated that Schmidt had 'lost the dressing room'.</p><p>Nine years on, Joe Schmidt has stepped down as Ireland coach having achieved success on a scale never before seen in Irish rugby. Two Heineken Cups in three seasons with Leinster. Three Six Nations championships in six seasons with Ireland, including the Grand Slam in 2018. And a host of firsts: the first Irish victory in South Africa; the first Irish defeat of the All Blacks, and then a second; and Ireland's first number 1 world ranking.</p><p>Along the way, Schmidt became a byword for precision and focus in coaching, remarkable attention to detail and the highest of standards. But who is Joe Schmidt? In <i>Ordinary Joe</i>, Schmidt tells the story of his life and influences: the experiences and management ideas that made him the coach, and the man, that he is today. And his diaries of the 2018 Grand Slam and the 2019 Rugby World Cup provide a brilliantly intimate insight into the stresses and joys of coaching a national team in victory and defeat.</p><p>From the small towns in New Zealand's North Island where he played barefoot rugby and jostled around the dinner table with seven siblings, to the training grounds and video rooms where he consistently kept his teams a step ahead of the opposition, <i>Ordinary Joe </i>reveals an ordinary man who has helped his teams to achieve extraordinary things.</p><p><b>'Rugby obsessives and amateur coaches will revel in the insight that Schmidt offers into his training methods, tactics and preparation ... Full of insight, emotion and considered analysis' <i>Irish Daily Mail</i></b></p><p>'An insight into the fascinating personality of the man who has been the single most influential figure in Irish rugby over the last decade'<i> Irish Times</i></p><p>'He is clearly more than an ordinary coach, the winning of two Heinekens, beating New Zealand twice, the 2018 Grand Slam and reaching no.1 in the World Rankings are positive brushstrokes, marking Irish rugby for ever ... A rocky read about exceptional deeds, told in extraordinary fashion' <i>Irish Daily Star</i></p><p><b>'Undoubtedly the greatest coach in Irish rugby history' <i>Daily Telegraph</i></b></p>
The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports...
by John Eisenberg

Language

English

Pages

395

Publication Date

October 09, 2018

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<b>The epic tale of the five owners who shepherded the NFL through its tumultuous early decades and built the most popular sport in America</b><br />The National Football League is a towering, distinctly American colossus spewing out $14 billion in annual revenue. But it was not always a success. In <i>The League</i>, John Eisenberg focuses on the pioneering sportsmen who kept the league alive in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s,when its challenges were many and its survival was not guaranteed. At the time, college football, baseball, boxing, and horseracing dominated America's sports scene. Art Rooney, George Halas, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, and Bert Bell believed in pro football when few others did and ultimately succeeded only because at critical junctures each sacrificed the short-term success of his team for the longer-term good of the league.<br />At once a history of a sport and a remarkable story of business ingenuity, <i>The League</i> is an essential read for any fan of our true national pastime.<br /><br /> <br />
Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other
by Ken Dryden

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /><i><br />A hockey life like no other.</i></b><br /><br /><b><i>A hockey book like no other.</i></b><br /><br />Scotty Bowman is recognized as the best coach in hockey history, and one of the greatest coaches in all of sports. He won more games and more Stanley Cups than anyone else. Remarkably, despite all the changes in hockey, he coached at the very top for more than four decades, his first Cup win and his last an astonishing thirty-nine years apart. Yet perhaps most uniquely, different from anyone else who has ever lived or ever will again, he has experienced the best of hockey continuously since he was fourteen years old. With his precious standing room pass to the Montreal Forum, he saw "Rocket" Richard play at his peak every Saturday night. He saw Gordie Howe as a seventeen-year-old just starting out. He scouted Bobby Orr as a thirteen-year-old in Parry Sound, Ontario. He coached Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux. He coached against Wayne Gretzky. For the past decade, as an advisor for the Chicago Blackhawks, he has watched Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, and Connor McDavid. He has seen it all <i>up close</i>.聽<br /><br />Ken Dryden was a Hall-of-Fame goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens. His critically acclaimed and bestselling books have shaped the way we read and think about hockey.聽<br /><br />Now the player and coach who won five Stanley Cups together team up once again.<br /><br />In <i>Scotty</i>, Dryden has given his coach a new test: Tell us about all these players and teams you've seen, but imagine yourself as their coach. Tell us about their weaknesses, not just their strengths. Tell us how you would coach them and coach against them. And then choose the top eight teams of all time, match them up against one another in a playoff series, and, separating the near-great from the great, tell us who would win. And why.<br /><br />This book is about a life鈥攁 hockey life, a Canadian life, a life of achievement. It is Scotty Bowman in his natural element, behind the bench one more time.
The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership
by Sam Walker

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English

Pages

319

Publication Date

May 16, 2017

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<b><b>A bold new theory of leadership drawn from elite captains throughout sports鈥攏amed one of the best business books of the year by CNBC,聽<i>The New York Times, Forbes, strategy+business, The Globe and Mail,</i>聽and聽<i>Sports Illustrated</i></b><br />聽<br /><b>鈥淭he book taught me that there鈥檚 no cookie-cutter way to lead. Leading is not just what Hollywood tells you. It鈥檚 not the big pregame speech. It鈥檚 how you carry yourself every day, how you treat the people around you, who you are as a person.鈥濃€擬itchell Trubisky, quarterback, Chicago Bears</b><i><br /></i></b><br /><b>Now featuring analysis of the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and their captain, Tom Brady</b><br /><br />The seventeen most dominant teams in sports history had one thing in common: Each employed the same type of captain鈥攁 singular leader with an unconventional set of skills and tendencies. Drawing on original interviews with athletes, general managers, coaches, and team-building experts, Sam Walker identifies the seven core qualities of the Captain Class鈥攆rom extreme doggedness and emotional control to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart. Told through riveting accounts of pressure-soaked moments in sports history,聽<i>The Captain Class</i>聽will challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like.<br /> 聽<br /> <b>Praise for <i>The Captain Class</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淲ildly entertaining and thought-provoking . . . makes you reexamine long-held beliefs about leadership and the glue that binds winning teams together.鈥?lt;b>鈥擳heo Epstein,聽president of baseball operations,聽Chicago Cubs</b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淚f you care about leadership, talent development, or the art of competition, you need to read this immediately.鈥?lt;b>鈥擠aniel Coyle, author of <i>The Culture Code</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淭he insights in this book are tremendous.鈥?lt;b>鈥擝ob Myers, general manager, Golden State Warriors</b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎n awesome book . . . I find myself relating a lot to its portrayal of the out-of the-norm leader.鈥?lt;b>鈥擟arli Lloyd, co-captain, U.S. Soccer Women鈥檚 National Team</b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 great read . . . Sam Walker used data and a systems approach to reach some original and unconventional conclusions about the kinds of leaders that foster enduring success. Most business and leadership books lapse into clich茅s. This one is fresh.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩eff Immelt, chairman and former CEO, General Electric聽</b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淚 can鈥檛 tell you how much I loved <i>The Captain Class</i>. It identifies something many people who鈥檝e been around successful teams have felt but were never able to articulate. It has deeply affected my thoughts around how we build our culture.鈥?lt;b>鈥擠erek Falvey, chief baseball officer, Minnesota Twins</b>
Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In
by Brett Bartholomew

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

March 09, 2017

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In the world of strength and conditioning, learning how to move others鈥攏ot just physically, but also psychologically and emotionally鈥攊s paramount to getting the most out of them. People are the ultimate performance variable, and understanding how to effectively blend knowledge of proper training with the nuances of human behavior is integral to helping athletes achieve their ultimate goals. Unfortunately, while much attention has been given to the science of physical training, little attention has been given to the science of communication. Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In bridges this gap. Readers learn the foundational principles of improving relationships, enhancing engagement, and gaining the trust of athletes through targeted communication. And, every bit as important, readers also learn concrete strategies to apply these principles in day-to-day coaching situations they will inevitably encounter. The result is a game-changing book that sets the stage for coaches to create a culture of success not only within sport, but also beyond. Conscious Coaching is a movement and its time has come.

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