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Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest ...
by Ben Bergeron

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English

Pages

204

Publication Date

July 19, 2017

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CrossFit trainer Ben Bergeron has helped build the world’s fittest athletes, but he’s not like other coaches. He believes that greatness is not for the elite few; that winning is a result, not a goal; and that character, not talent, is what makes a true champion. His powerful philosophy can help anyone excel at all aspects of life.<br /><br />Using the dramatic competition between the top contenders at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games® as a background, Ben explores the step-by-step process of achieving excellence and the unique set of positive character traits necessary for leveling up to world-class. The mindset and methodology that have produced some of the greatest athletes in the world’s most gruelling sport can work equally well for golfers, lawyers, artists, entrepreneurs—anyone who’s willing to commit totally to becoming better than the best.<br /><br />By Chasing Excellence, you’ll discover how extraordinary it’s possible for you to be.
Science Of Sticky Coaching: How To Turn Ordinary Athletes Into Ex...
by Joey Myers

Language

English

Pages

136

Publication Date

January 29, 2017

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Discover How-To Teach, What to Teach, and How Athletes Optimally Learn By Doing What the Top 1% of Coaches Do<br /><br />This The Science of Sticky Coaching: How to Turn Ordinary Athletes into Extraordinary book is split up into three sections:<br /><br />1.KNOWLEDGE - (How-To Teach, Doing Things Right, “Effectiveness”): equipping inexperienced coaches, parents, and organizational leaders on how to effectively run their associations and teams,<br />2.LEARNING – (How they learn) – the science of successful learning, optimizing how young athletes acquire new skills, and maintaining a rich soil for learning, and<br />3.DEVELOPMENT - (What to teach, Doing the Right Things, “Efficiency”): training crucial fundamentals like playing catch, opposite field hitting, and throwing strikes and locating pitches.<br /><br />After surveying tens of thousands of my email subscribers, specific thorn-in-the-side frustrations for coaches coaching Little League and 12u softball kept coming up. So this book is an attempt to address all these frustrations using science and what the top 1% of coaches are doing to handle them.<br />
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.
by Daniel Coyle

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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 tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.</b><br /><br />Whether you’re 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’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle 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>• Deep Practice Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice.</p><p>• 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—call it passion—born 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>• Master Coaching What are the secrets of the world’s most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the four virtues that enable these “talent whisperers” 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’s to Michael Jordan’s. The good news about myelin is that it isn’t 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 Big Chair: The Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside Wo...
by , Joseph A. Reaves

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b><b>“An important contribution to 21st-century baseball literature. . . Mr. Colletti’s book might be even more groundbreaking [than <i>Moneyball</i>] in some ways: It’s a nearly unprecedented opportunity to see what running a baseball franchise looks like through the eyeballs of an actual general manager. . . [Colletti] has a gift for entertaining storytelling. . . These are stories modern general managers rarely tell, except in late-night gatherings at their favorite bars with people they know and trust. So to read them here, told in such colorful detail, makes you feel as if Ned Colletti has just invited you to plop down on the next bar stool.” --<i>Wall Street Journal </i></b><br /><br />“Ned Colletti is a baseball treasure with fascinating stories to tell from inside the game. <i>The Big Chair</i> is your all-access pass. After reading this book, you will not only understand the job of a general manager better but also the game of baseball itself.”—<b>Tom Verducci, author of <i>The Cubs Way </i>and co-author of <i>The Yankee Years</i></b><br /><br />An unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at the career of famed former Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager (a position also known as “The Big Chair”), whose tenure spanned nine of the most exciting and turbulent years in the franchise’s history.</b><br /> <br />During his tenure with the Dodgers, Colletti had the highest winning percentage of any general manager in the National League. In <i>The Big Chair</i>, he lets readers in on the real GM experience from his unique vantage point—sharing the inner workings of three of the top franchises in the sport, revealing the out-of-the-headlines machinations behind the trades, the hires and the deals; how the money really works; how the decision-making really works; how much power the players really have and why—the real brass tacks of some of the most pivotal decisions made in baseball history that led to great success along with heartbreak and failure on the field. Baseball fans will come for the grit and insight, stay for the heart, and pass it on for the wisdom. <br /><br />Ned Colletti began his MLB career with his beloved hometown team, the Chicago Cubs, more than 35 years ago. He worked in Chicago for a dozen years and was in the front office when the Cubs won the National League East in 1984 and 1989, after which he moved on as director of baseball operations for the SF Giants. By 1996, he became the Assistant GM for the Giants, before being hired as the GM in Los Angeles in 2006. There he oversaw the Dodgers through the highly publicized and acrimonious divorce battle between Frank and Jamie McCourt that culminated in the equally highly publicized sale of the team. He was present at the press conference where Don Mattingly, having just watched his team eliminated from the playoffs, used the post-season conference to vehemently discuss his lack of a contract extension. He brought marquee names like Greg Maddux and Clayton Kershaw to LA, as well as marquee drama with the likes of Manny Ramirez and Yasiel Puig; hired future Hall of Famer Joe Torre as manager; and oversaw fourteen Dodgers playoff wins. And these are just a few of the highlights.  <br /><br />Colletti serves up a huge dish of first-hand experiences with some of the biggest names in baseball history (Barry Bonds, Greg Maddux, Don Mattingly, Don Zimmer, Tommy Lasorda, Scott Boras, Vin Scully, and more). From his humble early years living in a Chicago garage to his path to one of the most prestigious positions in professional sports, his very public and illustrious career has left a permanent handprint in the history of America's sport—and now he's ready to share the insight only those who have sat in <i>The Big Chair</i> have ever seen.
Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Po...
by Rosalind Wiseman

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

September 10, 2013

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<b>A landmark book that reveals the way boys think and that shows parents, educators and coaches how to reach out and help boys overcome their most common and difficult challenges -- by the bestselling author who changed our conception of adolescent girls.</b><br /> <br />Do you constantly struggle to pull information from your son, student, or athlete, only to encounter mumbling or evasive assurances such as “It’s nothing” or “I’m good?”  Do you sense that the boy you care about is being bullied, but that he’ll do anything to<i> </i>avoid your “help?”   Have you repeatedly reminded him that schoolwork and chores come before video games only to spy him reaching for the controller as soon as you leave the room? Have you watched with frustration as your boy flounders with girls?<br /> <br />Welcome to Boy World. It’s a place where asking for help or showing emotional pain often feels impossible. Where sports and video games can mean everything, but working hard in school frequently earns ridicule from “the guys” even as they ask to copy assignments. Where “masterminds” dominate and friends ruthlessly insult each other but can never object when someone steps over the line. Where hiding problems from adults is the ironclad rule because their involvement only makes situations worse. Boy world is governed by social hierarchies and a powerful set of unwritten rules that have huge implications for your boy’s relationships, his interactions with you, and the man he’ll become. If you want what’s<i> </i>best for him, you need to know what these rules are and how to work with them effectively.<br /> <br />What you’ll find in <i>Masterminds and Wingmen </i>is critically important for every parent – or <i>anyone </i>who cares about boys – to know. Collaborating with a large team of middle- and high-school-age editors, Rosalind Wiseman has created an unprecedented guide to the life your boy is <i>actually</i> experiencing – his on-the-ground reality.  Not only does Wiseman challenge you to examine your assumptions, she offers innovative coping strategies aimed at helping your boy develop a positive, authentic, and strong sense of self.
The Blueprint: LeBron James, Cleveland's Deliverance, and the Mak...
by Jason Lloyd

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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June 19, 2016: the greatest moment in Cleveland sports history, when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals and broke the Cleveland Curse. It was the triumph fans had been waiting fifty-two years for, and it wasn’t easy to get there—but thanks to LeBron James, an audacious plan to build a winning team, a couple of maverick GMs, and an incredible community of fans, it happened; and 2016 saw the birth of a new Cavaliers dynasty.<br /><br />But how did they get there? It was a roller-coaster ride from tragedy to triumph, one that Jason Lloyd, a longtime Northeast Ohio resident turned reporter for the <i>Akron Beacon Journal</i>, got to see firsthand. He was witness to the Blueprint, as he calls it, which the Cavs put together to win their star player back from Miami and build a team that could win the ultimate championship. It incorporated several losing seasons, some highrisk draft picks, and an entirely new understanding of how to build a championship team.<br /><br />The best part of the plan is that it worked, culminating in the most exciting Finals series in NBA history. And, most important, the end of the Cleveland Curse. Jason Lloyd, a true insider, tells the story of how the NBA really works, and how everyone—from the front office to the stars on the court to the new generation of coaches—worked together to create an unforgettable winning team. <i>The Blueprint</i> is an unputdownable, must-have book for every LeBron, Cavs, and NBA fan.
Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In
by Brett Bartholomew

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English

Pages

286

Publication Date

March 09, 2017

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In the world of strength and conditioning, learning how to move others—not just physically, but also psychologically and emotionally—is 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.
Game Changer: The Art of Sports Science
by , Phil White

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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Team sports like football, basketball, soccer, and rugby are hugely popular the world over, on both college and professional levels, and such popularity means that they are big business. Very big. Broadcasting rights alone bring in billions: ESPN paid $5.6 billion to broadcast college football playoffs for twelve years; Turner Sports/CBS shelled out $10.4 billion to show the national college basketball tournament through 2024; and the most recent NBA TV deal came in at a cool $26.4 billion.<br />As the rewards for winning have increased, it's no surprise that sports team budgets have followed suit. Sure, the athletic program at the University of Texas brought in $161 million last year, but the Longhorns also spent $154 million over the same period. Fifteen other college athletics program also racked up over $100 million in annual expenses. But that’s child's play compared to the outgoings at the world's most valuable soccer team, Manchester United, which spent more than $500 million in 2015. <br />The trouble is that all this spending often fails to yield better results. Teams in all sports have tried just about every gimmick to "hack" their way to better performance. But as they've gotten stuck in stats, mired in backroom politics, and diverted by the facilities arms race, many have lost sight of what should've been their primary focus all along: the game itself. <br />In <i>Game Changer</i>, Fergus Connolly shows how to improve performance with evidence-based analysis and athlete-focused training. Through his unprecedented experiences with teams in professional football, basketball, rugby, soccer, Aussie Rules, and Gaelic football, as well as with elite military units, Connolly has discovered how to break down the common elements in all sports to their basic components so that each moment of any game can be better analyzed, whether you're a player or a coach. The lessons of game day then can be used to create valuable learning experiences in training, evaluate the quality of your team’s performance, and home in on what’s working and what isn’t. <br /><i>Game Changer</i> also shows you how to expand training focus from players' physical qualities to also advance athletes technically, tactically, and psychologically. His TTPP Model not only helps players continually progress but also stops treating them like a disposable commodity and instead prioritizes athlete health.<br />Bringing together the latest evidence-based practices and lessons from business, psychology, biology, and many other fields, <i>Game Changer</i> is the first book of its kind that helps coaches, athletes, and casual fans: <br /><ul><li>Create a cohesive game plan that improves performance through defined objectives, strategies, and tactics</li><li>Put statistical analysis and technology into context so teams can bypass the hype and get meaningful results</li><li>Identify dominant qualities to maximize during training and limiting factors to improve</li><br /><li>Create realistic, immersive learning experiences for individual players and the entire team that deliver defined outcomes</li> <br /><li>Structure player development with a new, holistic model that puts athlete health first and helps reduce the chance of injury and burnout</li><br /><li>Balance training load so that all players are fresh and ready to play at their best in competition</li><br /><li>Rethink coaching and organizational leadership and enhance communication, group dynamics, and player interaction</li><br /><li>Create a winning team culture.</li></ul>
The Bill James Handbook 2018
by , Baseball Info Solutions

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English

Pages

624

Publication Date

November 02, 2017

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Bill James and Baseball Info Solutions team of analysts continue to pack in new content, including a fresh look at the continues rise and effectiveness of The Shift and a new breakdown of home runs and long flyouts. And, as always, the book forecasts fresh hitter and pitcher projections for those looking to get an early jump on the next season.</
The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Grea...
by Sam Walker

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English

Pages

275

Publication Date

May 16, 2017

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<b>From the founding editor of <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>’s sports section comes a bold new theory of leadership drawn from the elite captains who inspired their teams to achieve extraordinary success.</b><br /><br /><i>The secret to winning is not what you think it is.</i><br /> <i>It’s not the coach. It’s not the star.</i><br /> <i>It’s not money. It’s not a strategy.</i><br /> <i>It’s something else entirely.</i><br /><br /> Several years ago, Sam Walker set out to answer one of the most hotly debated questions in sports: What are the greatest teams of all time? He devised a formula, then applied it to thousands of teams from leagues all over the world, from the NBA to the English Premier League to Olympic field hockey. When he was done, he had a list of the sixteen most dominant teams in history. At that point, he became obsessed with another, more complicated question: What did these freak teams have in <i>common</i>?<br /><br /> As Walker dug into their stories, a pattern emerged: Each team had the same type of captain—a singular leader with an unconventional skill set who drove it to achieve sustained, historic greatness.<br /><br /> Fueled by a lifetime of sports spectating, twenty years of reporting, and a decade of painstaking research, <i>The Captain Class</i> tells the surprising story of what makes teams exceptional. Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries, as well as general managers, coaches, executives, and others skilled at building teams, Walker identifies the seven core qualities of this Captain Class—from extreme doggedness and emotional control to a knack for nonverbal communication to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart.<br /><br /> Told through riveting accounts of some of the most pressure-soaked moments in sports history—from Bill Russell’s legendary “Coleman Play” in the 1957 NBA Finals to Barcelona’s “Figo Game” against Real Madrid in 2000—<i>The Captain Class</i> doesn’t just bring these events to life; it presents a fresh, counterintuitive take on leadership that can be applied to a wide spectrum of competitive disciplines.<br /><br /> The men and women who make up the Captain Class were never the most skilled athletes, nor were they gifted orators or paragons of sportsmanship. They were often role players who were allergic to the spotlight. In short, the seven attributes they shared challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Captain Class</i></b><br /><br />“<i>The Captain Class</i> is an awesome book. I find myself relating a lot to its portrayal of the out-of-the-norm leader.”<b>—Carli Lloyd, co-captain, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team</b><br />  <br /> “<i>The Captain Class</i> really resonated with me. It will absolutely be part of my thought process as we continue to build our roster. Several of our players, coaches, and other executives are reading it too.”<b>—Ryan Pace, general manager, Chicago Bears</b><br />  <br />“Well-researched, wildly entertaining, and thought-provoking,<i> </i>Sam Walker’s <i>The Captain Class</i> presents compelling narratives about the secret ingredient to the greatest teams of all time—and quickly has the reader reexamining long-held beliefs about leadership and the glue that binds winning teams together.”<b>—Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, Chicago Cubs<br /></b><br />“The insights in this book are tremendous.”<b>—Bob Myers, general manager, Golden State Warriors</b>

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