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5 Ways to Empower Your Athletes to Succeed

http://riotsportsmarketing.com/2011/12/5-ways-to-empower-your-athletes-to-succeed/ As coaches, we often want our athletes to be self-motivated, driven and to hold themselves accountable for their own actions. We want this because we know that it will not only help us win more but also make our lives easier with fewer headaches and hand-holding. Rarely, however, do we set them up for success in the ways that we should. We train our athletes at practice and send them off to deal with the world and all if it’s temptations and time-wasters wi...

Interview with Zach Even-Esh of Underground Strength Coach

http://riotsportsmarketing.com/2011/12/interview-with-zach-even-esh-of-underground-strength-coach/ I caught up with the always interesting Zach Even-Esh to talk strength and conditioning- we talk a lot about wrestling specifically but this is relevant to any coach. Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nt_AeONyUOg http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vQJZlU8ujZk http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_gpGNJkLK0w http://riotsportsmarketing.com/2011/12/interview-with-zach-even-esh-o...

How to Create a Facebook Page

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The Coaches Role in Long-term Success

http://riotsportsmarketing.com/2011/12/the-coaches-role-in-long-term-success/ My wife is a licensed child therapist who works with children from troubled backgrounds. Recently she was talking about a particular child that just was not responding to counseling, no matter the strategies or techniques used. Sage advice was offered to her from a highly respected therapist with whom she works. “Our job is to give them the tools to cope with life and hope that they sink in.” The importance of athletics extends far beyond the playing field...

How to Develop Better Team Captains

http://riotsportsmarketing.com/2011/11/how-to-develop-better-team-captains/ About 10 years ago when I was coaching full-time at the Univ of Virginia, two of my colleagues in the dept recommended a book to me written by a guy named Jeff Janssen called the Team Captain’s Leadership Manual. It was an amazing book and when I became a D1 head coach, I implemented the program with my team leaders. The results were immediately noticable and made a tremendous impact on my team’s success. And the captains became an integral part of the succe...

Google+ for Sports Teams

Google+ for Sports Teams

Jim H. & Riot Staff

November 15, 2011, 12:46pm

Google+ for Sports Teams http://riotsportsmarketing.com/2011/11/google-plus-for-sports-teams/ Google Plus is a social network just like Facebook or Twitter… in fact it has many similarities with those two services that we’ll talk about in a minute. But know this going in…. best practices still apply the same as they do on Facebook, Twitter, email or even in personal interaction with your fans. Share fresh, relevant, engaging, interesting content and then respond and interact with your community to build your relationship wit...

Relationships are Non-Transferable

So, you take over your new position, move into your new office and notice that you need a new printer cartridge. You call your predecessor and he tells you, "Just stop by the front office and Joe will give you a new one." You introduce yourself to Joe and ask for a new printer cartridge. Joe hands you a form and requires it being filled out in triplicate and submitted a week prior to your needing the order fulfilled. Joe and your predecessor worked together for 8 years. Their kids went to school together and spend their summers together at the ...

The Worthless Team Website

I talk with coaches everyday. I visit the websites of high school and college sports teams and athletic departments. Unfortunately, I see so many team websites that are absolutely worthless. Is your website worthless? Here are a few characteristics of a worthless website. Out-of-date: If your website has no new information, it is worse than having no website at all. Think about when you go to a team website and see three month old information! I recommend starting a blog and linking it to your website (or, if your site has a blog feature, get p...

Education-based Athletics: An Athletic Director's Perspective

Dr. David Hoch, CMAA, recently retired as the Athletic Director at Loch Raven High School in Baltimore County, Md. One of the nation's most highly respected athletic directors, he has published 360 articles in professional magazines and publications as well as presented dozens of times at various national and state conferences. He wrote a book titled "Blueprint for Better Coaching", a sort of coaching guidebook. I recently asked him a few questions about both the book as well as his views on the profession of coaching. Enjoy! Jim: I recently h...

31 Things Sports Teams Can Share on Twitter

What do fans want to know? What would they love to know? When you educate and inform your fans you will have a fan base that is ready to take action to support you (hence start a Riot!), buy tickets, and support your team fundraisers. Pull back the curtain and let them see the inner-workings of your team. Give them a sense that they are a community of fans who belong together by uniting them around a common cause- your team. Twitter is a great way to do this. I hear lots of coaches and administrators ask what they could post on Twitter. First, ...