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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>
Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time
by Ian O'Connor

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English

Pages

521

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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The definitive biography of the NFL’s most enigmatic, controversial, and yet successful coach<br /><br />             Bill Belichick is perhaps the most fascinating figure in the NFL—the infamously dour face of one of the winningest franchises in sports. As head coach of the New England Patriots, he’s led the team to five Super Bowl championship trophies. In this revelatory and robust biography, readers will come to understand and see Belichick’s full life in football, from watching college games as a kid with his father, a Naval Academy scout, to orchestrating two Super Bowl–winning game plans as defensive coordinator for the Giants, to his dramatic leap to New England, where he has made history.<br /><br />             Award-winning columnist and <i>New York Times </i>best-selling author Ian O’Connor 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’Connor discovers how this legendary coach shaped the people he met and worked with in ways perhaps even Belichick himself doesn’t 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—from 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—if 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.
Successful Coaching
by Rainer Martens

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English

Pages

443

Publication Date

May 02, 2012

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Behind the clipboard and the whistle, a successful coach is constantly adapting—becoming mentor, manager, motivator, or master teacher—as the need arises. More than just knowing their sports, successful coaches have mastered their varied roles by gaining the skills and knowledge to fulfill those roles. As America’s best-selling and most comprehensive coaching text, <I>Successful Coaching</I> has helped over a million coaches gain confidence and competence. Now, the updated fourth edition can help you <ul><li>identify and develop a coaching philosophy, clarify your coaching objectives, and determine your coaching style;</li><li>enhance your communication and behavior management skills;</li><li>incorporate proven techniques for teaching technical and tactical skills;</li><li>learn tools for safely improving athletic performance through physical training and sport nutrition;</li><li>prepare to take on seven key management functions faced by all coaches;</li><li>understand your legal responsibilities; and</li><li>manage relationships with athletes, staff, administrators, officials, parents, and the media.</li></ul> Rainer Martens, a respected sport psychologist and longtime coach, offers the latest information in the sport sciences, proven methods for teaching technical and tactical skills, and essentials of sport management. You’ll find information on physical training and sport nutrition with special emphasis on topics of concern, including hydration, nutritional supplements, and drug abuse.<BR /><BR /> Written by a coach for coaches, the fourth edition of <I>Successful Coaching </I>will help you think critically about your approach to coaching and develop the skills to fulfill your many responsibilities. Packed with practical information, techniques, and tools,<I> Successful Coaching</I> is your comprehensive guide to the art and science of coaching.
The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data...
by , Travis Sawchik

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English

Pages

385

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b>Move over, <i>Moneyball </i>-- </b><b>a cutting-edge look at major league baseball's next revolution: the high-tech quest to build better players.</b> <br /> As bestselling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik reveal in <i>The MVP Machine</i>, the Moneyball era is over. Fifteen years after Michael Lewis brought the Oakland Athletics' groundbreaking team-building strategies to light, every front office takes a data-driven approach to evaluating players, and the league's smarter teams no longer have a huge advantage in valuing past performance.<br /><br />Lindbergh and Sawchik's behind-the-scenes reporting reveals:<ul><li>How the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox used cutting-edge technology to win the World Series</li><li>How undersized afterthoughts José Altuve and Mookie Betts became big sluggers and MVPs</li><li>How polarizing pitcher Trevor Bauer made himself a Cy Young contender</li><li>How new analytical tools have overturned traditional pitching and hitting techniques</li><li>How a wave of young talent is making MLB both better than ever and arguably worse to watch</li></ul>Instead of out-drafting, out-signing, and out-trading their rivals, baseball's best minds have turned to out-<i>developing</i> opponents, gaining greater edges than ever by perfecting prospects and eking extra runs out of older athletes who were once written off. Lindbergh and Sawchik take us inside the transformation of former fringe hitters into home-run kings, show how washed-up pitchers have emerged as aces, and document how coaching and scouting are being turned upside down. <i>The MVP Machine</i> charts the future of a sport and offers a lesson that goes beyond baseball: Success stems not from focusing on finished products, but from making the most of untapped potential.
That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the ...
by John Eisenberg

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

October 15, 2009

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<b>The story of a team, a town, and a leader: Vince Lombardi’s first year as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, and how he turned them into a powerhouse.</b><br />  <br /> The once-vaunted Green Bay Packers were a laughingstock by the late 1950s. They hadn’t fielded a winning team in more than a decade, and were close to losing their franchise to another city. They were in desperate need of a savior—and he arrived in a wood-paneled station wagon in the dead of winter from New York City.<br />  <br /> In a single year, Vince Lombardi—the grizzled coach who took no bull—transformed a team of underachievers into winners and resurrected a Wisconsin city known for its passion for sport. He would lead them to championship to championship, and bring out the best in players including Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, Willie Davis, Forrest Gregg, and many more. From an award-winning sportswriter, <i>That First Season</i> is “a compelling read about perhaps the most compelling coach ever to stride an NFL sideline” (<i>Washington Times</i>).<br />  <br /> “Richly detailed in seamless prose, this is historical sportswriting at its finest.”—Lars Anderson, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Mannings: The Fall and Rise of a Football Family</i><br />  
Golf is Not a Game of Perfect
by Bob Rotella

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English

Pages

234

Publication Date

September 17, 2007

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Filled with insightful stories about golf, Dr. Bob Rotella’s delightful book will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.<br /><br />Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the hottest performance consultants in America today. Among his many professional clients are Nick Price (last year's Player of the Year), Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Brad Faxon, John Daly, and many others. Rotella, or “Doc,” as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. What Rotella does here in this extraordinary book, and with his clients, is to create an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer's game, from mental preparation to competition. The most wonderful aspect of it all is that it is done in a conversational fashion, in a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson. And, as some of the world's greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular. Golfers will improve their golf game <i>and</i> have more fun playing. Some of Rotella's maxims include:<br /> <br />-On the first tee, a golfer must expect only two things of himself: to have fun, and to focus his mind properly on every shot.<br /> <br />-Golfers must learn to love 'the challenge when they hit a ball into the rough, trees, or sand. The alternatives—anger, fear, whining, and cheating—do no good.<br /> <br />-Confidence is crucial to good golf. Confidence is simply the aggregate of the thoughts you have about yourself.<br /> <br />-It is more important to be decisive than to be correct when preparing to play any golf shot or putt.<br /> <br />Filled with delightful and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, <i>Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect</i> will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.
Astroball: The New Way to Win It All
by Ben Reiter

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English

Pages

261

Publication Date

July 10, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />When <i>Sports Illustrated</i> declared on the cover of a June 2014 issue that the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017, people thought Ben Reiter, the article’s author, was crazy. The Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century, but they were more than just bad. They were an embarrassment, a club that didn’t even appear to be trying to win. The cover story, combined with the specificity of Reiter’s claim, met instant and nearly universal derision. But three years later, the critics were proved improbably, astonishingly wrong. How had Reiter predicted it so accurately? And, more important, how had the Astros pulled off the impossible?<br /><br /><i>Astroball</i> is the inside story of how a gang of outsiders went beyond the stats to find a new way to win—and not just in baseball. When new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his top analyst, the former rocket scientist Sig Mejdal, arrived in Houston in 2011, they had already spent more than half a decade trying to understand how human instinct and expertise could be blended with hard numbers such as on-base percentage and strikeout rate to guide their decision-making. In Houston, they had free rein to remake the club. No longer would scouts, with all their subjective, hard-to-quantify opinions, be forced into opposition with the stats guys. Instead, Luhnow and Sig wanted to correct for the biases inherent in human observation, and then roll their scouts’ critical thoughts into their process. The numbers had value—but so did the gut.<br /><br />The strategy paid off brilliantly, and surprisingly quickly. It pointed the Astros toward key draft picks like Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman; offered a path for developing George Springer, José Altuve, and Dallas Keuchel; and showed them how veterans like Carlos Beltrán and Justin Verlander represented the last piece in the puzzle of fielding a championship team.<br /><br />Sitting at the nexus of sports, business, and innovation—and written with years of access to the team’s stars and executives—<i>Astroball</i> is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog story and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential.
Chasing the Bear: How Bear Bryant and Nick Saban Made Alabama the...
by Lars Anderson

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>A dual biography of two coaching legends -- Bear Bryant and Nick Saban -- who built the Alabama Crimson Tide into a true football dynasty. </b> <b><br /></b> Both Bear Bryant and Nick Saban are undeniable kings of college football, two coaches at Alabama who have each won more national championships-six apiece-than anyone else in the history of the game. Chasing the Bear examines how they did it, revealing along the way their similarities in style, background, football philosophy, and recruiting methods, while providing readers a rare inside look at two of the greatest leaders in the history of sports.<br /><br /> Bear Bryant and Nick Saban never met, but they have more in common than either of them realize. Both grew up in small towns-Bryant in Moro Bottom, Arkansas, a dot on the map, and Saban from Monongah, West Virginia, population five hundred. As a child, Saban pumped gas at his father's service station, washing and waxing cars and doing anything he could to help the business. Bryant's father suffered from multiple physical ailments, which forced Bryant to work to keep the family farm going. Both men knew the value of hard work from the time they were young boys, and both understood that there were no shortcuts to success. But both dreamed of escaping their hometowns, and both used football as the means to do so.<br /><br /> Separated by two generations, Bear Bryant and Nick Saban are mythic figures linked by a school, a town, and a barroom debate centering on one question: Which is the greatest college coach of all time?<br /><br />
The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing: Curing Your Hit Impulse in...
by Michael McTeigue

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English

Pages

114

Publication Date

November 24, 2010

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If you love golf, but have never played to your potential, here is a book you will quickly come to treasure.<br /><br />The biggest paradox in golf is that the harder you try to "hit" the ball, the worse you do so. In The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing, Michael McTeigue offers a simple system of sequential body movements that produces a true swinging motion with every club in the bag. The result is increased distance and greater accuracy for all sizes, shapes, and ages of golfers for a minimum of investment in learning time. <br /><br />The clarity and simplicity of McTeigue's frill-free approach to the golf swing leads the reader to a new experience of power and effortlessness. He truly shows "how to build a swing you can trust and keep for life."
Quarterback: Inside the Most Important Position in the National F...
by John Feinstein

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English

Pages

341

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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<b>A major new book from #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller and sports-writing legend John Feinstein, QUARTERBACK dives deep into the most coveted and hallowed position in the NFL - exploring the stories of five top quarterbacks and taking readers inside their unique experiences of playing the position and holding the keys to their multi-billion-dollar teams.</b><br /><br />In the mighty National Football League, one player becomes the face of a franchise, one player receives all the accolades and all the blame, and one player's hand will guide the rise or fall of an entire team's season - and the dreams of millions of fans. There are thirty-two starting quarterbacks in the NFL on any given Sunday, and their lives are built around pressure, stardom, and incredible talent. Legendary bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein, in his most insightful book yet, shows readers what it's really like to play the glory position and to live that life - mapping out a journey that runs from college stardom to the NFL draft to taking command of the huddle and marching a team down the field with a nation of fans cheering. <br /><br />Feinstein builds his profile around five NFL starting quarterbacks - Alex Smith, Andrew Luck, Joe Flacco, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Doug Williams. With incredible inside access, we get the full quarterback experience...being drafted #1 overall, pushing through grueling injuries, winning Super Bowls, being named a starter on multiple teams, being the first African American QB to lead a franchise to a title. Feinstein shows us exactly what it's like in the locker room, huddle, heat of battle, and press conferences, through spectacular moments and embarrassing defeats. He explores the controversies of a league embroiled in questions of substance abuse and racism, TV revenue, corporate greed, and the value placed on player health. And in the end, Feinstein addresses the ways in which each quarterback - some just a year out of college -- is handed the keys to a franchise worth billions of dollars, and how each team's fortunes ride directly on the shoulders of its QB. This is Feinstein's most fascinating behind-the-scenes book.

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