Posted on: February 11th, 2018

How Competitions Help Students Understand and Manage Stress

This suck! It’s too hard! I can’t do it! These are just a few of the common lines we hear from our students as they face difficult, stressful challenges. Kids naturally want everything to be...

Posted on: February 4th, 2018

Mind over Matter – How Close Competition Can Spur You On… Scientifically.

Article Highlights: Having a close competitor increases performance. It really is a mental game in that so long as you believe the competition is close, you'll get the boost in...

Posted on: January 29th, 2018

The Fallacy of the Zero-Sum Academic Competition

Article highlights: We're trained to think of winners and losers in competitions. The main benefit from academic competition comes not from winning, but from the experience gained in playing...

Posted on: December 26th, 2017

The Science of Academic Competitions – what we learned in 2017

2017 has been a wild roller-coaster of a year on so many front's it's almost hard to imagine that it's about to come to an end. As we think back on the past 12 months, we realized something great....

Posted on: December 19th, 2017

There is a right and wrong way to use positive thinking. Here’s how to do it right.

Promoting positive thinking is something every coach has done at least once. The purpose of doing so is simple. We think that if a player can just envision him or herself making the big play; if...

Posted on: December 7th, 2017

Challenge vs. Threat Mindset: how to empower yourself and your students to rise to the challenge.

As the timer ticks down on the competition clock, two students, Kevin and Adam, look up to the front of the room, each feeling his heart pump at a frantic pace. Both are far from calm as time...