In an April 12, 2020, interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Rule, New York Times columnist David Brooks said that the coronavirus was like “an x-ray on our society…we know ourselves better when you are in a valley. So I am hopeful that we’re going to have a great reset.”
Building a Team Culture in the Digital Age: A Program for New Hampshire Athletic Directors and Coaches
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 6–8 p.m.
Victory Club, UNH Wildcat Stadium, 155 Main Street, Durham, N.H.
FREE for all N.H. Athletic Directors and Coaches!
No matter what the sport, young people today—from middle school to Division I—are lacking in two areas: the ability to really bond and create old-school camaraderie and accountability and to generate and enjoy even basic confidence. Coaches are often at a loss how to connect—or even just communicate—with these “Digital Age” kids. Even high-functioning student-athletes today need confidence training that literally gives them the skills and habits of mind to have that ability to shed stress, connect, and behave with true, organic confidence on game day and in life.
In this program, we explore these Digital Age kids and provide concrete techniques for how to communicate with them, motivate them, and get them to bond with each other and your coaching staff.
Jeff Levin, Jeff Levin Coaching
Sean McDonnell, Head Coach, UNH Football
Jimmy Lauzon, Merrimack Football
…and others to be announced!
This program explains why modern kids are so different from the players we coached even just a few years ago. The old-school coaching mentality doesn’t always work, and we’ll explain how that came to be. We’ll discuss the issues holding these kids back, what’s keeping teams from building unity, and what adjustments coaches can make to relate better with their players and to get players to relate better with each other. Learn how to build team camaraderie and commitment, and how, by dealing with these Digital Age issues, you can build a team that has as much, if not more, dedication than the teams of old.
Many thanks to Coach Mac and UNH for allowing us to use the Victory Club!
This program is presented by The Reconnection Project: A Jeff Levin Coaching Program.
An RSVP would be appreciated, but isn’t required. RSVP by text or phone call to Jeff Levin at 603-496-0305 or use this contact form:
Although I have temporarily suspended my in-person Weekend Intensive program, I continue to work with individuals and families using Zoom, or potentially in-person with families within a reasonable driving distance when it is warm enough to work outside and an acceptable social distance can be maintained. Of course, using Zoom is a bit tougher for new clients, especially Weekend Intensive families, but it’s working just fine for many families who need help now. As always, I am happy to work for as many hours as it takes for your family to make progress, and we can arrange as many Zoom sessions as are needed for me to work with all the people involved.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your situation with you to see if I am a good fit for your child and family.
We designed the Weekend Intensive program for families who are really struggling and need immediate help.
With the Weekend Intensive, Jeff comes to you and works with the entire family over the course of a weekend. He gives you an evaluation and a lot of feedback, and then works with all parties involved to develop a plan for moving forward.
The Weekend Intensive also works well for families who are not close enough geographically for weekly sessions. Usually, after an intense weekend of work, everyone is comfortable enough with each other for work to continue via Skye/Facetime, phone, text, email, etc.
Below is a video where Jeff explains the Weekend Intensive in more detail. As always, feel free to contact Jeff to discuss whether this program can help your teen or 20-something and your family.
Join Coaches Sean McDonnell of UNH, Joe Adam of St. Anselm’s, Ryan Brown of St. Thomas Aquinas, and yours truly on Saturday, March 10, 9AM–1PM, in the Victory Club at the UNH Wildcat Football Stadium for a unique program on leadership for high-school players and coaches.
Coaches, you are invited to bring your top leaders, captains, or leadership council for a half-day workshop where you and your players will learn how to empower your leaders to be the engine for change on your team. Experience new methods to motivate and communicate better with modern, “digitized” kids so they can be more confident, resilient, team-centered athletes who learn to embody the virtues required to drive a great football program from within.
Kids are hard-wired the same as they have always been; in today’s “Digital Age” we just have to learn new ways to reach them. We will take you and your players through a step-by-step methodology so your team leaders can learn hard, concrete skills to
- Shed stress
- Let go of mistakes
- Develop confidence, mental and physical toughness, and resilience
- Improve focus and accountability
- Think and behave like leaders – be great teammates and highly coachable athletes.
You and your players will build confidence together and then take that home to motivate the rest of your team.
We will provide specific techniques so you can incorporate what you learn in your off- season workouts. Our blueprint will help you develop a culture of confident, high-performing student-athletes who take pride in striving to be great!
Please join me for a free program on Raising Kids in the Digital Age!
Sunday, June 11, from 3–5pm at Stone L’Oven Pizza, 1649 Beacon Street, Newton, Massachusetts.
Enjoy some wonderful live music while you gain knowledge, share exasperation and joy, discuss the challenges, and acquire support and understanding for the journey of being a parent today.
Interspersing thought-provoking music, lecture, and group discussion, I explain how to lessen the scrapes and bruises involved in parenting in the “Digital Age.” You will leave with some tips for how to safely prepare your kids for a fulfilling and independent life, as well as some tools for you to shed stress, feel empowered, and connect with yourself and your family. See the full flier below.
Questions? Feel free to contact me or use the form below.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
We have had many requests from student athletes for a more intensive program. Here, now, is the opportunity: a three-day leadership camp for high-school athletes called The Anatomy of Leadership.
This camp is a unique, multi-disciplinary, three-day enrichment program for athletes that teaches them the mental skills to be leaders in their chosen sport.
The camp will include both group activities and one-on-one time with Jeff. Every participant will develop a personalized performance leadership plan on the mental side of their game in order to improve their athletic performance and their lives.
As with all of Jeff’s programs, The Anatomy of Leadership will be inspiring, eye-opening, and, most of all, fun.
What people are saying about Jeff’s leadership program…
I am a senior on the softball team. I just wanted to take the time to email you and let you know that I really enjoyed the leadership workshop with Jeff Levin last night. Going into the meeting I figured it was going to be someone just talking at us giving us pointers on how to grow as a leader on an athletic team. However, Jeff made it so much more than that. The workshop was interactive and everyone participated. I feel like after only an hour long meeting with him I have learned more about myself and how to grow into a better leader than I have in any other way. After talking to a few athletes who were also at one of the workshops last night, I have heard nothing but positive feedback. I just wanted to take the time to personally let you know how much we enjoyed the workshop and how much we learned from it.— Emily M.
The Anatomy of Leadership will be held June 28-30 at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. Click here for more information and to register.
In my work with athletic teams and other groups of kids, I have found that even the highest-functioning kids often lack confidence. In today’s highly structured and scheduled world, kids can get pretty far just doing what they’re told and completing tasks, so it sometimes comes as a surprise to both the student—and their parents—when they come up against a situation where deep-seated, steady confidence is needed, but it just isn’t there to be called upon. Coaches and educators frequently bring this up, and it seems as though parents are catching on.
The Confidence Coaching program is the result, and I think it can help just about any teenager or 20-something. If your kid is struggling but not in real trouble, it can help a lot. (If your kid is in real trouble, I can help with that, too, but that requires a different approach.) If your kid is an über-achiever, I think you will be surprised at how injecting a dose of confidence will bring more imagination and joy to their achievements. The program is fun, insightful, and powerful, and most kids love it. It can also be something that friends can enjoy together: the program works great with small groups. Usually it only takes a few sessions to see results.
Want to know whether Confidence Coaching is right for your teenager or 20-something? Give me a call or drop me a text at 603-496-0305, or use the form below to email me, and let’s talk about it.
Here’s the brochure, and FYI — many adults can benefit from Confidence Coaching as well!
I will be doing a series of workshops at The Farm in Waltham, Massachusetts, with The Farm’s owner and head coach, Mike Freire. Focusing on confidence and leadership, these programs will give players insight into the mental aspects of their games.
Here are the programs:
Baseball Confidence: Learn to be a More Confident Athlete & Enjoy the College Recruiting Process
For young men ages 14 and above
Saturday, November 19, 4–6pm
Baseball Confidence: Strengthening the Mental Side of the Game
For young men ages 10-13
Saturday, December 10, 4–6pm
Parenting Young Athletes in the Digital Age: Finding Balance & Building Confidence
Visualizing Success: The Importance of Using Your Imagination in Baseball
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 4–6pm
Baseball Leadership: Personal Growth on and off the Field
Saturday, February 12, 4–6pm
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Want to play your sport in college?
We’re holding a program for you in November!
Local coach and counselor Shawn Brown and I will be covering how to enjoy the college recruitment process and make yourself more attractive to the coaches for whom you want to play. We’ll also be covering some aspects of the mental game so you will be more confident and focused as you prepare to play at the college level.
The camp will be Sunday, November 13, 4–6pm, at Creative Little Angels in Londonderry, New Hampshire.
Attention, all high-school wrestlers:
We’re holding a one-day camp for you in November!
New England College wrestling coach John Archambeau and I will be covering both the mental game and working on the mat for high-school and PG students who want to take their wrestling to the next level. Players will leave with both a Personal Performance Plan to help them with their mental game as well as a Physical Performance Plan to help them be better athletes and wrestlers.
The camp will be Sunday, November 20, 11am-5pm, at the New England College Field House in Henniker, New Hampshire.