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Parenting an Athlete 3 of 3

John Pinkman March, 2021 Who Do You Get The Truth From? The term I have hated most in sports is “it’s my way or the highway!”…..Nonsense. There are certainly moments when a coach must say, “Ok, enough conversation. Let’s move on”. That is practical. But managing (whether in business or in sports) with an attitude.. read more →

27 Mar 2021
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Parenting an Athlete Part 2 of 3

John Pinkman March, 2021 Leadership Leadership begins casually with kids’ independent play. It is in these unsupervised moments that they experiment with leadership as well as being a follower. This process has a tremendous effect on how they choose their friends. In sports, there are only two choices: you choose to become a leader or.. read more →

05 Mar 2021
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Parenting an Athlete Part 1 of 3

John Pinkman February, 2021 Ethical Discussion During my 39 years of coaching, I have listened to and learned from many other great coaches, scientists and doctors, both at the local and national levels. Like many of you, my career evolved in the technical merits of our craft and the leadership values that guide our growth… read more →

27 Feb 2021
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The Talent Code

Creating Skill — John Pinkman March 9, 2018 Instruction Builds Skill Skill is Made Permanent by Practice Competition Increases Confidence in Skill Winning teams only have two resources: the selection of players with superior skills, and the ability to instruct players to perform at a higher skill level. At Pinkman Academy we focus on teaching… read more →

12 Mar 2018
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The Pinkman Academy and the Project for Athletic Leadership are adopting the Haese Academy in the DR

We are happy to announce our adoption of  the  Haese Academy in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic  How is Haese Academy connected to the Pinkmans? Derek Haese is a 2007 graduate of George Washington University and was a RHP for the GW Colonials.  In 2014, Derek and his wife, Susan, moved into the same Reston neighborhood.. read more →

09 Jan 2018
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With the baseball season in full swing, we have been getting lots of questions about pregame and practice bullpens. Creating a proper bullpen routine can help players gain confidence, throw fewer pitches during a game, build endurance, and overall, be more prepared for each appearance. With pitch counts being implemented across the board in little.. read more →

19 Apr 2017
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The Difference Between Trying and Doing ​ — How to Turn Attempts Into Accomplishments by Michael Hyatt

The Difference Between Trying and Doing — Over the past 18 years we have used this very same approach to teaching players that they technically can’t “Try” to do something. Baseball is pretty black and white. Runners are either safe or out, the ball is either fair or foul, and the umpire calls balls or.. read more →

22 Mar 2017
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Leadership Traits

We teach leadership. It is important to teach athletic leadership skills rather than assume that children will casually absorb them by osmosis. Part of the instruction is identifying character traits of successful leaders. Three of the most important are integrity, trust and loyalty. Some are crowned with leadership because of family connections. Their father was.. read more →

30 Oct 2016
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This election year I have written articles suggesting that parents take a look at the leadership examples; the art of leadership. Our children are watching TV and reading. Our children are watching our reactions. An experienced leader will tell you, when you are in the business of teaching and influencing others there is one term.. read more →

26 Sep 2016
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Fall Prep

How is your ball player preparing for the fall season? Yes, we realize it’s just the end of July and the Fall season begins in September, but lets take a moment and think back to how your son or daughter prepared for the spring season. Most players began practicing in December or January for a March.. read more →

19 Sep 2016
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