Coach, what is your team culture all about? Not, "what is the culture of your team?", but, "what does 'culture' mean in your program?" Is it a set of values or a way of being? Is it up to the coach or this year's team? Or, a bit of both? Do players value the program … Continue reading Culture?
Work ON your job as well as IN your job. Find ways to make improving a part of what you do every day.
When we engage in any activity we gain experience. Experience allows us to fine-tune our processes, to learn from previous reps. Anyone will get better at an activity, to a degree, with experience, even a "negative" experience. The baby learning to walk doesn't "get it" simply because she is growing stronger and bigger, nor do … Continue reading Experience Required
Coach, do you value competitive kids? Of course. Do you want your teams to know how to compete? Sure. Will you work hard to cultivate competitiveness in players who have been working on only their own game for too long? Yes. It's important to value competitiveness as a team, and not in a negative way … Continue reading Intra-team competition
Coaches, we hear, "know thyself" all the time. Starting by doing the work to know what we value, our team's strengths and holes in our game can certainly help you in preparing your team for a competition. Also, know your opponent. On the face of it, a good scouting report on their players can be … Continue reading Hey, Opponent…What’s Your Secret?
in some sports "the defense" scores points, although their main role is to stop the other guy from scoring points. In some, like softball and baseball, there is no way to post on the scoreboard when your team is in the field. You can only win when you attack. On offense. Find a way to … Continue reading There’s No Scoring On Defense
Then what? If you make it, then you're a fake? Making it ain't all that. Faking it's just what we do. It's all a fake operation until we test it, believe in it and make it a must-do for our personal system. Even then you might not be fully bought in. So, yes, "fake it", … Continue reading Fake It ’til You Make It
Forward momentum is enhanced by testing, guessing, making mistakes and accepting partial credit or incomplete solutions. We're told to work intentionally now, but...be ok with thinking about the future, but...not too much. We pass along this approach to our players, too. The present is important, yet fleeting. It's easy to either be complacent, or consistently … Continue reading What About What Might Happen?
"It's going to be even better next year," is dangerous thinking. Too often we forget how hard we worked. We forget the struggles and disagreements, the fights, even. We forget the pain of workouts or the disappointments of injuries. Our brains opt to deemphasize the hard parts and glowingly highlight the good times and success … Continue reading Don’t Forget the Hard Stuff
Is "Common Wisdom" simply a self-fulfilling prophecy? Can we simply make something--especially something bad--happen just by expecting it? Or, perhaps, there IS a wizard behind the curtain who makes sure that things come to fruition when we say that they will! Many of us fall prey to the "that's just the way it is" mentality … Continue reading Who’s The Wizard Behind Common Wisdom?