Sports Team Culture Case Study

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, and International Coaching Consultant This case study was extracted from "Team Culture: Is it making or breaking your team?" available for purchase now on Amazon. Here in Australia, sport is part of the fabric of our society. Growing up, few achievements are more significant than to be part of a championship [...]

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Team Culture and Identity in Sport

Video Presentation by Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian and Coaching Consultant Getting the culture right in your team and organization is crucial for success on any level. So how do you ensure that your culture gives your athletes the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential? In this 7-part video presentation, Bo Hanson discusses the importance of [...]

The Real Factor for High Performance in Sport

Often it is new, state of the art, multi-million dollar facilities or the latest technology in equipment that grabs people’s attention in sport. Yet, when we look at when teams achieve extraordinary results, or the sporting organizations that continue to stay ahead of the rest, it’s rarely due to their hardware, nor do they give [...]

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Rowers: Athletes Value Beyond their “Seat”

When you look at your rowers in your crews, what do you see? Do you see their technical and physical ability and how this translates into the performance of the crew? Is there anything a rower can contribute beyond this? Have you ever thought about the impact certain rowers have on the rest of their crew that doesn’t relate to their ability to row, their fitness or their strength? Do they have a role that goes beyond their seat position and ability to row well? This article is in response to a recent discussion with a football coach. This discussion highlighted that in some instances, coaches view their athletes only from the perspective of their physical and technical expertise, and the value this contributes. But all athletes value extends much further than this. Consider how one rower performs in the position of stroke seat in the eight in comparison to another. What differentiates their performance is often more than just their ability to row. To be a stroke of an eight, requires a contribution beyond just physically rowing. Do your best strokes communicate to your coxswain? Do they set a standard for others to follow? Do they become vocal when these standards are or are not met? Can they give feedback to the crew about the boat? Are they a leader? In reality, when we look at athletes in any sport, we must challenge ourselves to view an athlete’s total contribution and therefore, establish roles for our athletes that suit the type of contribution they are capable of making. We do this for the benefit of the crew’s performance. When a rower makes a more holistic contribution they become a more valuable member of the crew. These are some factors which I have noticed that can add value to a rowers technical role: […]

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Synergy in Sport Teams: Creating High Performance Teams

What is Synergy in Sport Teams? Synergy is the sum of the team being more than the total sum of its individual parts and the unique situation where the best individual performance on the team, does not outperform the team's performance. Put another way, synergy is the ability of a group to outperform even its [...]

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Team Life Cycles

Combining the Stages of Team Development, Conflict and the GRIP Model By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments In coaching there are often many models to understand, and it can be difficult to comprehend how they weave together. In this article we will discuss Team Life Cycles, and how the [...]

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High Performance Sport Teams-There’s No Time for Tolerance

Of all the aspects of his role at Athlete Assessments, Bo Hanson most values the opportunity to be involved with hundreds of different teams. It’s with this unique insight he identifies the common threads that lead to sustained success. “In elite sport, equipment is equal among competitors, physical conditioning programs are indistinguishable and game or [...]

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Demystifying Sport Team Culture

What’s critical in driving sport team culture? Culture is a buzz word in sport. Coaches often attribute their success or failure on this ambiguous word. Every team has a culture and even if you do not know what yours is, one exists. The real question is, what impact is it having on your team right [...]

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Pre-Season Sport Camps – What the Best Teams Get Right

 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Today, pre-season camps are an important part of the sports program for professional and amateur teams around the world. At their best, pre-season camps can deliver a necessary anchoring experience. In the tough moments of [...]

Destructive Sport Team Roles

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments In previous articles we have discussed the importance of ensuring each of your athletes play a specific non-technical role on the team (and not only contribute physically through their athletic ability). For consistent, high performance it is essential. Our article ‘Critical Team [...]

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