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How Great Coaches (and Parents) Go from Sweet 16 to Elite 8

Today, the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament comes to my city, Indianapolis. The games all start tomorrow, but the city is buzzing and excited. Today, all four teams playing will have a practice open to the public. I wanted to take my kids to the practices, but I wasn’t able to do it.

Great parents are like great coaches

I think it would have been a good experience for them to see championship-level teams and coaches prepare for a big game. There are some heavy hitter and big name coaches in this region. They are definitely championship-level, and some even Hall of Fame level. It’s no surprise their teams find themselves in the round of 16 year after year.

The book marries my love of basketball, specifically March Madness, and being a dad striving to be the best I can be. During the tournament I’ll be giving the book away for free, and CoachUp is sponsoring a bracket challenge, giving private coaching certificates to the winners of the bracket challenge.

Your game plan to becoming a great parent

I encourage you to check it out. The good news is although the tournament has already started, if you completed a bracket on ESPN.com you can join our bracket challenge at any time.  Click here for details, grab the password, then join our “March DADness Bracket” group on ESPN. So if you are a championship dad, then you know you can’t win alone. Use my book to serve as your coach, teammate, and source of encouragement to help you. Here is a short excerpt that can help you go from the the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8. Enjoy!

Elite Eight

If you are a new dad, or working through the field to reach elite status practice saying encouraging words to your kids.  I’ve compiled a list of things to say.  Words that will encourage your kids, build their self-confidence, and strengthen the bond you share. 8 Encouraging Things Elite Dads Say to Build Self-Confident Kids

  1. I love you!
  2. You did great!
  3. I believe in you.  You can do it!
  4. I am sorry.


What is the best way for a coach or parent to encourage kids?


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