If you are currently dissatisfied, what's the downside to making changes? There are a lot of reasons why we don't change. Mostly they have to do with fear. We fear losing standing or losing face if we admit weakness, and change is seen as admitting weakness, a fact that makes no sense yet consumes us … Continue reading Principle #45: Why Not Change?
People have to sign things in order to participate. From elementary school to the NCAA, one can't participate unless they agree to do or not do certain things. This we (mostly) easily accept, and regardless, the rules are really clear. You likely have written rules for your team, no matter what type of team it … Continue reading Rule of Unwritten Rules
“Learning from the past” should not be a random thing. We should have a planning process, make and execute plans and look at them after they are executed. Ask, "What worked?", and do more of that and less of what didn’t work. When someone says they learned their lesson, it's often simply because a thing … Continue reading Principle #5: Learn, Intentionally
What happens when a team just loses it's mojo? Is this simply a "that's what happens sometimes", situation or can it be fixed? Finding the cause, or lighting a spark...is one more important than the other? Go back. Go deep. Go internal. Ask good questions about why this team plays or works on the things … Continue reading Team Malaise
Have you heard someone talk about a tactic, a coaching idea of some sort, and implemented it in your program to no avail? It didn't work. You've worked something in to a practice, or with a team and loved it. Then, you try it again and are not satisfied? There's no simple one-size-fits-all response to … Continue reading Your Mileage May Vary
When something goes wrong we often ask a version of this question: "why did they do that?" This speaks to intention, that the person planned to screw it up, the "why?" implying that they wanted to make a bad decision. Of course, sabotage might be in play, but usually it's a given that the person … Continue reading Motive or Mistake?
Regret. We act hoping we won't have regrets for doing that thing. We incur stress that the things we do or have done are wrong; we hope that we are pleased with results of doing. On the other hand, we don't as often consider how we might be changed by not taking action. What if … Continue reading Anticipation & Assessment
It makes sense to read what champions have done, to follow the drills posted by those who have had great success, to "do what the best do". Following a proven path can lead one to success. But, nothing is automatic. Simply because it worked for her does not mean it will work for you. There … Continue reading Look To The Stars
Is it really a time thing?
There's a lot of talk out there about the current "everyone gets a trophy" culture in youth sports and how it's tainting the "growing up" experience of current kids. We talk about the fact that this is bad, and kids are consequently not mentally tough... What are we doing about it? Sports are hard. Losing … Continue reading Love the Struggle