A little louder because the people in the back are missing it.... Stop locking parents out. You've heard the expression Mama Bear protecting her cub when someone's kid is being picked on or hurt? That's a natural instinct. As coaches, we have a team full of parents who would do anything for their kids, including… Continue reading For the people in the back… OPEN YOUR DOOR!
We turn to some of the best teams as a model for creating greatness. It makes sense, to emulate success by following the lead of those who pave the way. These teams attract the top talent, winners, physically blessed, highly trained, talented, driven, athletes and puts them out on… Continue reading Want Culture? Ask the losers..
It's the journey: 5 Steps to get your Mindset right for Collegiate Sports Years of stress about getting recruited, getting seen, getting playing time, getting recognized and getting offers has players entering the collegiate playing world in a broken mindset. The end result of all that drive is not the social media declaration or the… Continue reading 5 tips to get your mindset right for College Sports
It takes time to rebuild, or start a team. Or so I've been told on several of the times I've been hired to do just that. I smile, and I nod, and then I do what I love to do. I use the same method I always use and I surprise them all. There is… Continue reading Building successful girls lax teams, FAST
We talk about wanting team unity, but often as leaders we end up in a Me vs You battle when it’s time to correct behaviors. When effort levels, focus, distractions, or priorities become an issue, the old school form of leadership is still quite popular. That’s the one where we immediately take that authoritarian stance… Continue reading Change leadership from Me vs You, to WE
I can set the tone of something. I can create atmosphere ahead of an event or meeting. I can structure guidelines, expectations, and procedures. I can design the colors, the logo, principles, the outward branding. But even after all of that, I haven’t built culture. That’s the disconnect. That’s where we miss the mark as… Continue reading You can’t build it in your preseason meeting. #culture
Occasionally I get asked by a program if one of my blog posts was about them. (Ironically several different programs may think a post is about them all at the same time). I usually don't even know which post they are referring to. Maybe they identified with something in it and thought, hey she sounds… Continue reading You probably think this song is about you..
By nature, coaches are problem solvers. Rarely do we come into a situation that goes as planned. How many times a season does a coach show up to a situation where the field is not available, the gyms are all taken, half the team is on a field trip, someone forgot the ball bag, etc.… Continue reading Curse of the Great Problem Solvers
Nobody wins with new coach syndrome. I've had it, I've had it real bad, so I can speak from experience. My kids have had coaches with it, so I can speak from a parents point of view. My own coaches have had it when I was a player. You get the idea. Guess who lost… Continue reading New coach syndrome
You see your kid and they are doing it wrong. You go over and tell them, and show them how to do it. They continue to do it wrong. You're getting frustrated, but not as frustrated as they are until you hear that phrase that drives every parent/coach crazy- "I Know!" "Well if you know, why… Continue reading Master the learning curve