| | Ep 496 – Performance VS Team Building Debate

Author / Christopher McQuilkin

31 Min Listen

In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener:

I am going to moderate a discussion between a club sports team tonight at the gym. They have been training at my facility for about 3 years, excellent group. Sport coach is focused on games and practices and skills, but has not adopted non-traditional coaching components like team-building or conflict mediation. When I brought this idea up to them their response was, “sure, if you want to…”

I feel this team is in a critical moment, the pressure of advancing skill and performance without the team-building or brother/sisterhood component so valued by athletes, I feel the pressure weighing my kids down. My question for you is do you have any good management tips for controlling the tempo, emotion, and direction of the conversation between athletes and coach? We’re going to have a rule that only the athlete with the mic can talk, and if you want to say something you have to have the mic in hand. I mostly want to keep the conversation constructive and help the coach hear their athletes needs and concerns.

Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice

What do you think of when some says the word, Coach? Asshole or inspiration? Coaching kids these days is not easy. Parents expect more, strength coaches want more weight room time, and sport coaches seem to be overbearing or checked out. While there are some coaches out there putting up a good fight, it only takes one bad seed (parent, coach, or athlete) to push a positive influencer in youth lives out of the industry.

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The Crew takes on the challenge of helping a motivated strength coach moderate a discussion on team building between the athletes and their sport coach. The master rhetorician John Welbourn helps coach be present, not let the discussion get to an emotional state, and allow both parties to be heard. Excellent episode to prepare parents, coaches, and athletes for an inevitable confrontation about an athlete’s performance.

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Empower Your Performance

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Christopher McQuilkin

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Former collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain. Coached strength and conditioning collegiately with Georgetown University football, Men's and Women's lacrosse and Women's Crew, as well with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz of 1-FortyFour-1 studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Head coached CrossFit Dupont's program for two years in Washington D.C. Received a Master's in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and has been a coach for Power Athlete since October, 2012.


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