Addressing Disrespect With “The Warrior Way”

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The Warrior Way is a singular phrase that is grounded in RESPECT and has, at its base, the desire to create and maintain an environment that people want to be a part of. It operates on the premise that people will come where they are invited and stay where they are welcome.

This is how it works.

A philosophy of respect for self, others, the game, officials, opponents, etc. A practice and display of that respect in all our actions and deeds.

A method of teaching positive teaching principles: encouraging, not demeaning; being fundamentally sound in technique, strategy, preparation, and play.

A style of play. First-class behavior on and off the field, great sportsmanship, physical preparation, and performance. Employ the power of three: preparation, passion and poise.


An ideal. A model of exceptional behavior for the program and the community. Parents, youngsters, community, and former players relate to the ideal that is the Warrior Way.

A goal. A desire to achieve; to always “better your best,” to do the best we can each and every day. The Warrior Way is what our teams inherit; it is what they desire to enhance.

A spirit. Mostly, it is the spirit that defines the core values of the program, and that is carried by players and parents wherever they may travel in their life journeys. It is the spirit that lives in Warriors of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

It is this philosophy that allows us to address the issues facing the student-athlete of today. It is a vital element of our school and community, and a significant reason why we have experienced success. The support of former Warriors and the community at large helps us in a myriad of ways.

This was excerpted from the book A Coach’s Influence: Beyond The Game, by Grant Teaff. Coach Teaff is the former head coach of Baylor University. Coach Teaff, as a player, coach and executive director of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), has spent his life immersed in what he calls, “the great game.” This particular excerpt can be attributed to by Ron Stolski, Brainerd (Minn.) High School. To purchase your copy of the book, click here.

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