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Keys to Success:  Having a Growth Mindset and Learning from Failure

Laudatory headlines greeted Mikaela Shiffrin’s accomplishment this week in moving past Lindsey Vonn to set a record for women’s Alpine ski racing.  And she’s not finished! It’s clear more greatness awaits. But it was only about a year ago when the defending Olympic gold medalist was unable to even complete two runs at the 2022…

Small Steps Build Success

Getting out of your comfort zone is not always easy, but it is necessary for growth. Did you know that taking a step, no matter how small, to push yourself to do something just a little uncomfortable can benefit you in other areas of life? It may sound silly but this can be good practice…

SFL Podcast Hosts Truly Soar

  Sport Fuels Life sparks inspiration and builds community through the shared journey of athletic triumphs and personal growth. This year our Sport Fuels Life podcast will celebrate its third year of content.  The start of a new year is the perfect time to reintroduce our hosts and share the why behind this movement for…

New Year’s Suggestions for Continued Success

Everyone is talking about New Year’s resolutions now.  As coaches and players, we all know that practice and patience are the keys to success and that actions, not words, are critical.  So today, we’re featuring several suggestions from our community that focus on being a better athlete and a more well-rounded person.  After all, someone…

Best of 2022  

With appreciation for your support of Sport Fuels Life in 2022 and anticipation of more excitement in 2023, we have selected some of our top interviews, podcasts, and features of the year.  Keep your ideas, stories, and suggestions coming so we can help each other.  Happy New Year! Christopher Clarey New York Times tennis correspondent Christopher…

Coaching the Coach Part 2

Your ideas keep coming and they are fantastic. This is the next installment of our feature on Coaches Helping Coaches.  Keep sharing and keep believing. Advice for New Coaches New Coaching Challenges Leadership Development Exercises

Coaches Helping Coaches

As part of our salute to coaches this fall, we posed several questions to our community.  We received great ideas. Here is a sampling of insights from coaches in field hockey, baseball, basketball, football, and dance.  We will feature more insights in coming weeks and welcome additional thoughts as you close out 2022 and gear…

Thankful for Sports and For Each of You

Those of us at Sport Fuels Life find inspiration on the court or the playing field— participating in the game, chasing one more point, watching fierce competitors, cheering beloved teams, being awed and amazed, comparing notes with friends on how they played (or their kids played). We are passionate about the spectrum of athletics and…

Audio Tips for Athletic Success

Allistair McCaw A leading figure in leadership plus team culture and mindset, Allistair has written four best-selling books and is a popular motivational speaker.  He also draws on his experience as an athlete and coach to share winning strategies.  Here’s one coaching tip:  listen 80% of the time; talk 20%.  Listen here for more. Rulon…

Athletic Audio Clips Inspire All

This week we are featuring audio clips from five women who excel as athletes, coaches, speakers, and more.  Prepare to be awed and amazed and enjoy the option of a short or longer listen. Siri Lindley “Where your focus goes, your energy flows.” These are words from world champion triathlete Siri Lindley who learned to…

New Feature:  Choice of Athletic Audio Clips or Full Podcast

We know you’re busy.  We will periodically be offering short audio clips of some of our (and your) favorite SFL features so you can have a little inspiration, or a lot.  Enjoy! 1. Joy Can Create Deeper Focus and Lead to Better Performance Mental Skills Coordinator for the Diamond Razorbacks Zach Brandon discusses how more joy…

Outstanding Coach of the Year Nominee Says It All Begins with Love

  Outstanding Coach of the Year Nominee Says It All Begins with Love Nicholas Lincoln “He truly understands how to reach the heart of his athletes.”  Those powerful words were just part of the Outstanding Coach of the Year nomination for Nicholas Lincoln, football coach at Delaware Military Academy in Wilmington, Delaware.  The nomination also…

Team Leadership Activity Helps Provide Clear Direction

  Developing leaders on a team takes vision, perspective, and practice. At Sport Fuels Life, we recognize the potential great leaders have to generate a team’s positive results. In order to help build the best leaders on your team, we are sharing a team leadership activity that one of our coaches has used successfully.  It…

Leveraging the Power of Athletics for Life

Today we talk to Nathalie Elliott about her transition from student-athlete to the working world as High Point University’s athletic trainer for cross country and track and field. During her Division I athletic career of five years, Nathalie earned honors of a 3x Big South Conference Champion and 4x NCAA Regional qualifier in the women’s…

How Tennis and Teams Fuel My Life

By David Bolick, Sport Fuels Life Co-founder   Recent tennis news—retirements of Serena Williams and Roger Federer, amazing U.S. Open play of 19-year-old Spanish sensation and champion Carlos Alcaraz along with that of American Frances Tiafoe (whom I met years ago at the Winston-Salem Open), and Coco Gauff’s entry into the top ten tennis rankings—has…

Delayed Gratification Has a Position on Your Team

By Sport Fuels Life Contributor, Athlete, and Coach Megan Houston   The rush that you feel when scoring the game-winning goal or hitting a new personal best time in a race are moments that we live for in sports. The joy of celebrating a stellar performance with a team is the reward for hard-earned labor…

Unleashing Superpowers with Coach, Author, and Speaker Kate Leavell

  Successful NCAA lacrosse coach, author, and speaker Kate Leavell knows what it takes—as a coach, parent of an athlete, and leadership expert—to embody positivity, communicate openly, and embrace diversity.   She demonstrates these concepts in actionable ways in her new book, Superpower:  An Inspiring Story to Overcome Self-Doubt and Unleash Your Authentic Greatness, a fable for any…

Mental Skills Make the Difference

  Zach Brandon, mental skills coordinator for the Arizona Diamondbacks, understands how perfecting one’s game and realizing peak performance in athletics requires both physical ability and mental strength. This mental performance expert shares how working through challenges to find the fun is all part of the growth process for professional baseball and for life. In our interview,…

Playing it Forward with Second Serve

One of the tenets of Sport Fuels Life is to “play it forward”. We encourage initiatives that support the positivity and potential of athletics. We were delighted recently to supply tee shirts to Second Serve, a youth-run, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of underprivileged kids who love tennis by providing the equipment they…

Siri Lindley – Finding and Reinventing One’s Champion Self

  Siri Lindley, world champion triathlete, coach to the elites, television sports analyst, popular speaker and author shares remarkable insights about her career path and her passions. She highlights overcoming anxiety in many areas including entering a triathlon despite not knowing how to swim, coming out to her father, and finding her true passion in…

Managing Sports Performance Anxiety for Peak Performance

It’s game time. Your toe is to the line, and you’re positioned at a standstill, waiting for the whistle to blow as the signal to start. You’re calm, focused, and ready to attack.  Getting to this point in competition requires a different type of training that prepares your mind for battle. Having nerves before competition…

Help a Group of Individuals Become a Team

August means back to school with a new roster of athletes—some veterans and some newcomers–for the fall season. It’s a critical opportunity to set the tone for the coming months and instill the concept that success can be had at any level of age, or experience.  Here are some suggestions from Sport Fuels Life coaches…

Going for Gold and Embracing the Success of Silver

EUGENE, ORE. – United States pole vaulter Sandi Morris captured her third consecutive silver medal at the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships where finals took place July 17. Morris placed second behind fellow U.S. teammate and 2020 Olympic gold medalist, Katie Nageotte. Placing second in the world is quite an accomplishment and something that…

How Failing and Learning from Failure are Important Steps to Winning

Scott Doerner discusses his varied championship tennis career and how a winning team culture helped fuel a national championship. Those principles still apply! Scott Doerner is a man of many talents who believes everything matters in sports. He currently coaches ATP tennis player Sam Querrey and has won 17 Pop Tennis Major Titles. (POP tennis…

Addressing the Inner Olympian in All of Us

  One of the most accomplished middle distance runners in USA track and field history, Olympian Khadevis Robinson believes we all want “to go for the gold” in our lives. He discusses how a change in mindset and a more balanced life creates amazing moments. Be ready to be inspired with his contagious energy and…

Sean Swarner Redefines the Impossible

  Sean Swarner’s story of healing, hope, and triumph reflects the essence of Sport Fuels Life.  Enjoy this incredible and inspiring conversation.  Get ready to be inspired Sean talks about how to motivate yourself, overcome your personal conflict, and reach your personal Everest. With only one functioning lung, a prognosis of fourteen days to live,…

Insights on Confidence, Culture, and Coaching Help Create Winning Teams

Sport Fuels Life’s world-class baseball clinic still offers inspiration and insights for all athletes.  Check out these videos for tips that can make a difference in your game.   3 Principles for Setting Great Team Cultures & Developing Athletes Challenges of Recruiting  Tips for Running Effective, Efficient & Creative Practices Building Confidence In Your Athletes Gifts of…

How Coaches Inspire and are Inspired:  Learn from All Star Coaches

What can all coaches learn from an all-star panel of baseball coaches?  The answer is simple—a great deal.  That was our conclusion after reviewing the highlight reel from last year’s virtual baseball clinic.  If you are interested in the power and potential of relationships, team culture, leadership, character and competing, comprehensive player development and more—this one is for you. …

Tennis Fuels Life and Forever Friendships

Tennis Fuels Life and Forever Friendships By Matt Oechsli and Bruce Brodie   One would have to look long and hard to find a group of senior tennis players like the Saturday Morning Tennis (SMT) crew in Greensboro, N.C.  With the average age deep into AARP territory, north of 70 years (although it’s been rumored…

Lacrosse and Leadership Insights with Kate Leavell

  Join us at Sport Fuels Life as we hear from Kate Leavell about her transformation from lacrosse player to coach and now bestselling culture/performance building author, expert, and public speaker. Kate transitioned her love of lacrosse into coaching at the NCAA level.  She is now VP of Leadership for the Jon Gordon Companies and…

Well Known Author and Coach Allistair McCaw Says Your Choices Will Determine Your Success

  Join us at Sport Fuels Life as we talk with Allistair McCaw, motivational speaker, bestselling author, athlete, coach, and consultant, who daily lives the principles of his latest bestselling book, Champion Minded. He uses the acronym (HIP) as a reminder to demonstrate a helpful, inspiring, and positive attitude.  His tools are extraordinarily helpful in…

Volleys with Federer Author: Writing, Playing, and Positivity

  A Master Writer Talks About the Writing Process and More about the Master Tennis Player In the first part of our conversation with New York Times tennis correspondent and author Christopher Clarey, we gained incredible insights about tennis phenomenon Roger Federer.  In part two, the author shares the story behind the story of how…

Christopher Clarey:  NYT Reporting Ace and Author Discusses Tennis Ace Roger Federer

New York Times tennis correspondent Christopher Clarey, author of the book, The MASTER: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer, tells the story of Federer’s life and career with insightful, personal, and remarkable finesse.  He answered our questions about this extraordinary player.   SFL: What’s the most important contribution you believe Roger has made…

Learn from ATP Tennis Coach Great Craig Boynton

Approach to Athlete Evaluation for Coaches There are two different stages of evaluation. The first stage is tennis based. It focuses on the strengths and weaknesses the player already has in their game. The second stage is a grading scale. This stage decides “where their ceiling is” for the player, meaning how far can a…

Congratulations to April Ross and Alix Klineman for winning Gold in Tokyo!!

Olympic journey April entered the professional beach volleyball world with partner Jenn Tessy. They upset the tournament and won the grand slam as one of the lowest seeds. Next, she excelled in the finals of the London Olympics and won silver. Experienced Kerry Walsh accompanied her in her next Olympics in Rio were they won…

Listen and Learn from Paralympian Tennis Player and Diversity Expert Karin Korb

Join us at Sport Fuels Life as we learn more about the amazing life of Karin Korb. Listen as she describes her journey from gymnast and aerobics instructor to a world class Paralympian and 10-time member of the USA World Team. In addition, learn from her life-changing insights and her advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion. …

Monica Abbott’s Story Is Filled with Pitching Skill and Superb Positivity

Monica Abbott is considered one of the most dominant players in professional softball.  Join us at Sport Fuels Life as we hear her story from tagalong younger sister to today’s world class athlete. Monica is at the top of her game, and she’s also opened doors for future generations. Originally from Salinas, California, Monica is…

For The Love Of The Game

America’s favorite pastime is back! Opening day has arrived and the long-awaited sounds of baseball are finally upon us. For some, it is the ceremonial first pitch, the sound of the ball coming off the bat, the pitcher commanding the strike zone or the excitement from watching the catcher block a ball or throw a…