Sometimes we say, before attempting any thing, that we are excited for the activity and will enjoy it, or learn from it, "regardless of outcome". True, we should always be hoping and expecting to learn from our situations, but too often this phrase is used as a built-in excuse. We say, in advance, that we … Continue reading Regardless of Outcome…
Resilience and failure are hot topics. We ask how to bounce back, to embrace the opportunity to fail and try, try again, and we praise the growth mindset that pushes us to do hard things. The world complains that, "Kids aren't allowed to struggle," and we lament the "everyone gets a trophy" mentality. For sure, coaches … Continue reading Trial and Success
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?
Milestone wins are exciting recognition of activity--you've had measureable success--and are often good ways for people to thank you, or to compare you to those they may think are better than you. Each game counts as one and the next game should be respected just as much as the last one, just as the losses … Continue reading Big win!