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In this post, you’ll learn about

  1. Hitting the Wrong Target
  2. Fumbling the Cover Letter
  3. Dropping the Ball on Proper Research
  4. Tackling a Sloppy Resume
  5. Fouling Up the Networking Game
  6. Neglecting the Power of an Online Presence
  7. Scoring an Own Goal with References
  8. Punting on Interview Preparation
  9. Letting Confidence Turn into Cockiness
  10. Lacking Follow-up Game

1. Hitting the Wrong Target:

Sports job

Many sports professionals make the mistake of applying to every sports job they come across without considering if it aligns with their skills and aspirations. You might be a fantastic basketball coach, but applying for a job as a synchronised swimming instructor might not make a big splash with employers. Take the time to target positions that match your expertise and passion for the best chance at success.

2. Fumbling the Cover Letter:

The first impression matters, and your cover letter is often the first glimpse a potential employer gets of you. Don’t fumble this opportunity by submitting a generic, one-size-fits-all cover letter. Tailor your letter to each job application, showcasing your relevant experience, skills, and passion for the sport. Use concrete examples to demonstrate your value and stand out from the crowd.

3. Dropping the Ball on Proper Research:

Before applying to any sports job, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research on the organisation and its values. Many candidates make the mistake of applying without a clear understanding of the company, its mission, or its culture. Showcasing your knowledge of the organisation demonstrates your dedication and interest in the role, putting you ahead of the competition.

4. Tackling a Sloppy Resume:

Sports jobs

Your resume is a playbook of your professional journey, so make sure it’s polished and professional. Avoid common blunders like spelling and grammatical errors, inconsistencies in formatting, or overly long resumes. Highlight your relevant experience, achievements, and certifications, making it easy for employers to see your value at a glance.

5. Fouling Up the Networking Game:

Networking plays a vital role in the sports industry, and failing to capitalise on this can be a major mistake. Attend industry events, join professional sports associations, and engage with others in the field. Networking not only helps you hear about job opportunities before they’re publicly advertised but also builds relationships that can vouch for your skills and open doors to new opportunities.

6. Neglecting the Power of an Online Presence:

In the digital age, sports professionals need to have a strong online presence. Neglecting platforms like LinkedIn can be a major mistake. Create a professional online profile that highlights your experience, skills, and accomplishments. Engage with relevant sports communities, share insights, and demonstrate your passion for the industry. Employers often search for candidates online, so make sure you stand out in a positive way.

7. Scoring an Own Goal with References:

Your references can make or break your chances of landing a sports job. Choosing the wrong people or failing to inform your references ahead of time can be a costly mistake. Select references who can speak to your abilities, character, and work ethic. Reach out to them beforehand, sharing the job description, so they can provide targeted and positive feedback when contacted.

8. Punting on Interview Preparation:

Sports jobs

Not properly preparing for an interview is like stepping onto the field without knowing the game plan. Do your homework on common interview questions in the sports industry and practise your responses. Research the organisation, prepare examples that highlight your skills and experiences, and be ready to showcase your passion for the sport.

9. Letting Confidence Turn into Cockiness:

Confidence is essential, but crossing the line into cockiness can be a game-changer in a negative way. Sports professionals sometimes make the mistake of overshadowing their accomplishments with an arrogant attitude. Strike a balance by highlighting your achievements while remaining humble, coachable, and a team player.

10. Lacking Follow-up Game:

After an interview, many professionals drop the ball by not following up with a thank-you note or email. Taking the time to thank the interviewer for their time, reiterating your interest in the position, and summarising key points from the interview leaves a positive impression and shows your professionalism and enthusiasm.

Remember, avoiding these common mistakes can give you a competitive edge in the sports job market. So, suit up, stay focused, and bring your A-game to every step of the application process. Good luck on your journey to scoring that dream sports job!

(Note: This listicle is satirical in nature and is aimed at providing a lighthearted take on the topic. While it includes humour, it also contains relevant advice for sports professionals.)

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In this post, you’ll learn about

  1. Plan well
  2. Use GOAL setting
  3. Allow yourself some off-time
  4. Be flexible
  5. Make the most of available resources
Academics

How often do we hear parents asking their kids to study more and stop spending all their time playing? Or, as all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, wouldn’t it be better if educational institutions taught soft skills like time management?

Sports play an important part in a child’s growth and development; it teach them valuable skills like teamwork, leadership, empathy, sportsmanship, etc. While academics will help them find a job, these skills will help them sustain themselves in the position.

It does not matter if you are a college student or a school athlete, the struggle is the same, isn’t it? Juggling classes, attending matches, giving your best in practice sessions, scoring well, etc. It’s like having a full-time job, but at a much earlier age! However, it’s much easier to learn and start using these skills early on, it’ll help you in the long run.

Whether you’re a parent, coach, or athletic trainer, it’s important to help the young athletes in your life find an appropriate balance. Any player can become the MVP of the game and the classroom by following these easy academic tips:

Plan well:

planning

Plan your time and commitments well, you cant bias one thing over another if both are a priority. Spend some time understanding and experimenting with different schedules and plans to match what you enjoy. You will be able to better plan for your time if you are aware of it. Make a note of this time in your schedule so you know how much time you have for study and assignments. With an organized schedule you will feel less overwhelmed and less likely to procrastinate, leading to increased motivation and success both on the court and in the classroom. Set a reward system up for yourself, eg: Study for 3 hours and then play for 1 hour or complete your assignments so you can participate in an upcoming game. If you have something to look forward to, the process gets much easier!

Use GOAL setting:

goals

Most of the time you may set a goal but not achieve it due to a variety of reasons like procrastination, priority, boredom, etc. The best way to complete all the things on your to-do list is to create SMART goals. SMART goals, which are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely, provide each goal with an easy-to-follow structure. Instead of just wanting to improve their scores, SMART goals will assist you outline exactly how one can obtain an A on their next test and play their best in the match.

Break these goals down into smaller, practical tasks to create a plan for daily activity. A dynamic approach is ensured by regularly tracking progress and altering strategies as needed. This instills a feeling of purpose, time management, and determination in children, allowing them to handle their studies and sports commitments properly while developing essential life skills.

Allow yourself some off time:

show off time

Juggling so many responsibilities can get to you, but after some time it may result in burnout or poor performance. Something we don’t want right? It is important to take breaks every once in a while and schedule them in a way that you can recharge for the week ahead. Maybe take off on weekends, meet your friends, do things you enjoy, rejeunvate, rebuild the energy and go back to routine on Monday! Cultivate a hobby you can practice on those days, maybe read/write/sing/dance/travel/cook, or do anything under the sun as long as you have fun!

Student-athletes frequently feel bad about taking time off. You may feel obligated to be productive at all times of the day. Resist your urge and give yourself some much-needed rest, relaxation, recharge, and reset time.

Be flexible:

academics

A lot of us are set in our ways aren’t we, we want the books a certain way, our food a particular taste, sleep/eat at fixed times, and so on! This may not always be doable and result in you feeling frustrated and distracted. If you end up practicing all day then you may need to study for an hour after your bedtime. Don’t feel out of place, acknowledge the change of schedule and the importance of studying that one hour.

By recognizing the value of breaks, we prioritize self-care and establish a sustainable balance between work, obligations, and personal rejuvenation, resulting in long-term satisfaction and achievement.

Make the most of available resources:

There is always help available as long as you accept it. Most universities and schools offer extra classes, tutors, practice lectures, etc to help you prepare for your upcoming exams or any trouble you may face in academics. There are student communities and tuition classes as well for those who want to work together and grow. The guidance counselor at your high school might also be a great resource. They can assist you in determining how to balance both school and extracurricular activities, and they can connect you with resources if you need them.

When facing challenges in your academics, don’t hesitate to seek assistance from your friends or engage in discussions with seniors who have already navigated similar situations. Embrace open communication about your academic concerns. Remind yourself of the reasons that led you to pursue your educational journey. What are your academic goals? When the path becomes demanding, recalling these objectives will provide the necessary inspiration to persevere and maintain your motivation!

Learning the art of balancing academics and sports for children is a dynamic endeavor that benefits their growth. As we have seen earlier– from time management and discipline to teamwork and resilience, these skills are effective for student-athletes. Finding this balance encourages young people to succeed both in the classroom and on the playing field, encouraging a well-rounded growth that equips them for the difficulties of the world.

It’s crucial for parents, educators, and coaches to recognize that achieving this balance requires thoughtful planning, open communication, and flexibility. By setting realistic goals, breaking them into actionable steps, and celebrating achievements, we provide children with the tools they need to manage their academic and athletic commitments effectively.

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Argentina takes on Croatia in the first semi final of the FIFA World Cup 2022. No one would’ve ever imagined these two teams would meet at this stage of the tournament, but that’s how unpredictable sports are.

In this post, you’ll Read about
Argentina
Croatia
Key Battles

Argentina 

Argentina will be out for revenge after losing to Croatia in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup. This was Leo Messi’s last realistic shot at making a World Cup final and winning it, and Croatia beating Brazil must’ve felt like a weight being lifted off the Argentine shoulders. Messi scored and assisted in one of the best World Cup quarterfinal games of all time, once again proving how important he is to the side’s attack. Emi Martinez has redeemed himself by making 2 saves in the shootout against the Dutch, sending the Europeans packing. The quarterfinals must’ve been an eye-opener for Argentina, as there were a total of 17 yellow cards shown during the game, just showing how brutal, physical, and intense the game was. Scaloni’s switch to a 3-at-back system to take on the Dutch, man for man, proved to be a master plan as the Dutch fullbacks were taken out of the game in an attacking sense. A worrying sign for Argentina has to be their tendency to concede goals late in the game after leading and dominating most parts of the game. There really should have been no scope for allowing this match to go to penalties, as the game should’ve been done and dusted by the 90th minute. This complacency can cost the South Americans their World Cup.

Leo Messi

Croatia

Croatia beating Brazil has to be the upset of the tournament, as most of the world believed that this was Brazil’s year to finally win a World Cup. Out of all the teams that could’ve knocked Brazil out in the knockouts, Croatia were the last team anyone would have suspected to do so. The Balkan team held their own through the ninety as their warriors in midfield and defense kept out the relentless Brazilian attack. Gvardiol, Modric, Kovacic and Brozovic all put in monster shifts as the team seemed impenetrable. Even after penetrating the defense, the Brazilians just could not find the net against Livakovic, who put in the performance of his life, making 11 saves, the most for a Croatian keeper in a game of football. He went on to be the hero of the penalty shootout as well, saving the first penalty taken by Rodrygo and shifting the momentum in favor of the Croatians. They went on to win their 4th consecutive penalty shootout at the World Cup and seal the semi final berth for themselves. Petokovic must be credited for equalizing in the dying minutes of extra time when everyone thought the Europeans were down and out.

Key Battles

Leo Messi vs Gvardiol- Argentina’s most important source for goals against Croatia’s most important defender will be crucial to the game. The Crotians will allow Messi to come at them, and it’s up to young Gvardiol to stop a man who has never been stopped before.

Rodrigo De Paul vs Luka Modric: The Croatian midfield is a very important aspect of the team’s style of play, With the midfielders converting play and dictating the tempo of the game, stopping Luka Modric from controlling the ball and creating chances will be a task that De Paul will have to undertake to avoid any defensive damage.

Emi Martinez vs Livakovic: Though the two will not directly battle each other, the battle of the better keeper could decide who wins the game. With both teams qualifying via penalty shootouts in which both keepers performed, it could well go down the same route again, requiring the two of them to step up for their nation.

Leo Messi vs Gvardio

Conclusion

This game will be interesting as Argentina will be allowed to barrage the Croatian half of the pitch while the Croatian defense will look to hold strong. With Argentina not having scored more than 2 goals in a game and the Croatians not conceding more than one goal in a game, a single goal will differentiate the two sides in this clash. Croatia will look to play to their strengths and take the game as deep as possible, while Argentina will try to put the game to bed in the first 90.  We predict that the 2014 finalists will beat the 2018 finalists for the win in this amazing fixture.  

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The Red Devils are widely known to be in the golden generation of their football history. This golden generation, believed to have started in 2014, looks to be in its twilight years, with the core of the team nearing retirement age. Could this be their year, or will the small nation from Europe have to lay in wait to see success on the international stage.

In this post, you’ll Read about
History of Belgium at the World Cup and major competitions
Manager Profile
Tactical Analysis
Strengths
Weaknesses
Belgium World Cup route

History of Belgium at the World Cup and major competitions

The team went from not qualifying in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups to becoming one of the main title contenders at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups. This shift was marked by the talented pool of players that popped out of nowhere over the past decade. Despite having world class players such as Hazard and KDB at different positions, the team has struggled to do well in the knockout stages of any major tournaments, failing to reach any finals.

Manager Profile

Belgium has been managed by Roberto Martinez since 2016. He managed clubs such as Wigan and Evevrton before his tenure at Belgian. Martinez has always been within touching distance of a trophy with Belgium. His greatest managerial achievement would be winning the FA Cup in 2012–13 with Wigan. 

Golden Generation

Tactical Analysis

Now let’s look at how Belgium has set itself up in the past. Roberto Martinez has stuck to choosing a 3-4-3 formation, with no flexibility for change even after recent disappointments. Choosing similar players to start has allowed the team to build chemistry and a style of play over time, with Romelu Lukaku becoming the obvious outlet for goals in the side. Lukaku’s dip in performance and injuries over the last 2 years for his clubs can prove detrimental for the side’s World Cup campaign. He has already been sidelined, with Mitchy Batshuayi and Leandro Trossard taking charge of the goal scoring in the recent Nations League. The two major sources of chance creation historically have been Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. Kdb is in fine form and has finished 3rd in the Balon d’or race, whereas Hazard has struggled to find his feet ever since his big money move to Madrid. Recurring injuries and poor fitness have made the Belgian captain’s football career a living nightmare. Positives can be seen through Tielemans and Batshuayi, who have been instrumental in creating chances for the team. Though the team finished 2nd in their nation’s league group, they lost both their games against the Dutch, proving to be another sign of their struggles against big teams in important games. This lack of big game mentality could affect the team in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Golden Generation

Strengths

The main strength of this team lies in the individuality of the players; each player is only as good as the player around him. Axel Witsel, who has played the most minutes, is also responsible for the number of goals Belgium scores when he is on the pitch. The team has strong forwards in Lukaku and Batshuayi, who link up well with wingers, wingbacks, and the midfielders around them. The versatility of the fullbacks helps solidify the status of the 3-4-3 formations, with them being able to defend well and be quick and creative when attacking. Assuming key players like De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku, and Courtois step up, there could be no stopping this formidable force. Belgium is gifted with ace shot stopper Courtois, who just won the Yashin Trophy. Courtois is in the best form of his life and will prove vital in defense as well as penalty shootouts. Jeremy Doku was a standout player during the 2020 Euros and will be the biggest surprise package for Belgium this year. Kevin De Bruyne might well be the best midfielder in the world at the moment, and this could be his world cup.

Golden Generation

Weaknesses

The most glaringly obvious weakness of the team would be the slow and ageing centre backs in Toby Alderweireld and Jan Verntonghen. The formation Belgium play with could leave the centre backs exposed with no cover from the wingers, causing the opponents to have more chances by overloading the Belgian defence with their forwards. Though Alderweireld has been their best centre half through the nation’s league and Euros, the team lacks the resources for better centre backs to play alongside him. Leander Dendoncer and Boyata may have important roles with Jason Denayer also an option if he is called up by the boss. The biggest liability Belgium have at this moment is their captain Eden Hazard, with him not getting game time for his club and being the captain of the national side, he cannot be dropped due to the virtue of the name he has made for himself. His role in the team can make or break Belgian hopes in the world cup. Belgium lack the big game mentality and need to step up in the knockout stages of the world cup.

Golden Generation

Belgium World Cup route

Belgium look strong enough to top their group even though they have the runners up from the previous World Cup in Croatia as their biggest challenge. Belgium is a team that can surprise the world this time around, but they are also the same team that is expected to lose their first knockout game, which in all probability will be to Spain or Germany, who are currently on a similar tangent as them. We believe that Belgium should be able to get past the Round of 16, and the confidence from there will see them go on to do well in the further rounds.

Players to watch out for

Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne,Romelu Lukaku, Thorgan Hazard, Michy Batshuayi, Axel Witsel and Thibaut Courtois

Young talent to look out for

Jeremy Doku, Arthur Theate, Charles De Ketalaare and Zeno Debaast.

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