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How to Build A Better Connection With Your Athletes

Conversation with Stacie Mahoe


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Connection is key, it takes effort, and it can become one of the most enjoyable parts of your coaching.

Welcome back as we continue our conversation from last week! Stacie and I just kept talking, so I decided to break it up into two episodes. The focus of this part of our discussion was all about communication and building stronger relationships with our athletes.
If you’re anything like me, you care deeply about your athletes, but you want to make sure you keep the interactions out of the buddy-buddy zone. Sometimes though, that seems hard to balance. Listen in to today’s episodes for some communication tips for building a better relationship with your athletes and embracing your mentor role.

Today we discuss how to build a better connection with our players

  • Involving everyone in the process of connection
  • Communicating to understand – not just to prove your point
  • Encouraging players to have a voice while still running the show
  • Building relationships through true connections with your athletes
  • Asking better questions to get to what’s really going on

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Our resources can help build that connection!

The concepts we talked about very likely made a lot of sense to you, but some may still be thinking, “Ok, but where do I start?” What I’ve found helpful through the years is to have conversation starters and take it from there.
That’s one of the main goals of each and every activity we’ve included in the Softball Mental Training membership! We cover topics from Culture to Confidence and Courage, and always start them off encouraging our athletes to reflect on their specific journey.
When you can start the conversation with everyone honestly answering the same simple questions, it’s amazing how much you can learn about one another. Then that builds empathy, which in turn creates a supportive, positive team atmosphere.
To learn more about the membership and how our resources can help you better connect with your players, head to!
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See you next time!

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As a softball coach and a teacher, I appreciate all of the strategies and advice that Melanie shares each week! She is so inspiring, knowledgeable about the mental game, and willing to help in any way! One tip that really resonates with me is learning how to understand which things in life you are able to control, and what is out of your control. I teach these skills on the field and in the classroom! Thank you for all of the support and encouragement!

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