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The Art of Motivation for Team Sports

The challenge for today's modern coach is to push players without risking burnout, inspire them without bullying, and discipline players without constantly yelling. While no two coaches have the exact same approach to motivating their team, there are certain leadership skills coaches can develop to get the most out of their team, no matter the sport or the skill level. In The Art of Motivation for Team Sports: A Guide for Coaches, Jim Hinkson provides coaches with details and tips on how to motivate their team throughout the season. While most coaching books cover individual leadership or specific practice drills, this book focuses on how to motivate the entire team through setting goals, planning practices so as to keep players engaged and improving, pregame and postgame speeches, building quality relationships, and redefining success as more than just winning. In addition, this book includes team-building exercises and team behavior and value goals, stressing the importance that coaches not only create a successful team but also develop quality people who will excel outside the athletic arena. The many practical tips and keys to coaching success provided in this book were built from Jim Hinkson's years as a professional athlete and fine-tuned from his decades of coaching experience. A clear and comprehensive resource, The Art of Motivation for Team Sports will be invaluable to coaches at the youth, high school, and college levels.
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Jim Hinkson has been a teacher and basketball coach for 38 years in the Toronto District School Board. He has been involved in lacrosse for forty years as a player, a coach, and an author. Hinkson played lacrosse professionally for the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and played for Canada in the World Field Lacrosse Championship. He has not only coached at every level in lacrosse--from junior up to professional--he also ran one of the most successful high school basketball programs in Toronto. Hinkson is the author of Box Lacrosse (1974), Lacrosse Fundamentals (1993/2006), Lacrosse Team Strategies (1996/2006), The Art of Team Coaching (2001), Lacrosse for Dummies (2003/2009), and another book titled Lacrosse Fundamentals (2012). He has been inducted into the Oshawa Hall of Fame, the Whitby Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

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