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Garland Allen

Garland Allen is an educator who served as Athletic Director, coach of Basketball, Football and Track & Field, for more than 35 years in public education. Garland spent more than 20 years as a Director of Athletics in Greenwich, CT and Ridgewood, NJ. He also spent eight years as the Director of Wellness for the Ridgewood Public School District. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society program, where he is actively engaged in research and programming on issues related to youth sports.

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How to Lead a Positive Coaching Culture in Youth Sports

Aug 15, 2019 7:49:16 AM / by Garland Allen posted in coaches, athletic directors, athletes, parents

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Highlight reel:  Kids play sports to learn skills and have fun. It’s important for coaches and ADs to lead with a positive mindset because too many teams are permeated with negativity, driven by unhealthy attitudes toward competition and overrun with internal conflict.

The solution is in your hands

One of the biggest opportunities  to make a lasting change to our youth sports culture lies in the hands of the coaches and ADs. Your program’s and team’s culture is the expression of your shared values, attitudes, and goals. It determines whether your team members focus on:

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Coaches, Set Yourself Up For the Best Season Ever With a Winning, Pre-season Meeting Plan

Jul 29, 2019 1:51:13 PM / by Garland Allen posted in coaches, athletic directors, athletes, parents

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Preparing for the start of the fall sports season is exciting, hectic and demanding. It seems that no matter how well you plan, loose ends seem to occur every year. In addition to your administrative duties, welcoming your coaching staff and introducing hundreds of student athletes and their parents to your program is a major undertaking.

Can we make this transition from summer break to the new school sports year, easier?

We think so.  Here's how.

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