The coaches who are most effective at developing athletes and building winning programs are environmental engineers; they construct their programs around a few common guiding principles: Core Values, Personal Mastery, and Disciplined Focus.
A coach’s professional path can be defined in three stages: ascension, maintenance and service. The stages, while unique, are also fluid from one stage to the next. At times, the flows like a cool mountain stream; while on other occasions, it can become a raging river.
Currently the head coach at Cypress High School in Hemet, Calif., Bob Burt has some great advice for today’s young coaches that can help them embrace the personal satisfaction and professional success that leads to longevity in the sport.
Sportsmanship is one of the most important life skills coaches can teach their athletes. It is the foundation skill of how we act before, during and after the game. This skill must be practiced when we win or lose and whether we’re happy or sad. As coaches, we hope that sportsmanship develops and matures into real life citizenship as athletes move into adulthood.
Coaches often remind their athletes that TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More. That’s a great motto for keeping a group unified, but it’s pretty vague when it comes to specifying behaviors that define a good teammate. So I suggest you add another acronym to your coaching arsenal, one that highlights the behaviors you expect to ensure each athlete will be a CREDIT to your team.
Most coaching books start with a discussion of the importance of creating a coaching philosophy and follow up with a section on creating goals. But to define a coaching philosophy and set goals, you must first understand and express why you coach and what principles will guide how you coach.
The game of football has never been more popular than it is today, and it has never been under attack as much as it is right now. For Ashland University head coach and 2016 AFCA President Lee Owens, it’s important that football coaches at every level look in the mirror and ask themselves, “Why do I coach?”
Football coaches are proud of the life lessons that its participants receive as a byproduct of playing the sport. Ours is a game that teaches young players the merits of hard work, the concepts of brotherhood, the benefits of discipline, the pride of self-sacrifice for the good of the team and the honor that comes from trying your best while representing your school and community. These life lessons are the true essence of the game. Unfortunately, these positive life lessons sometimes come into conflict with society’s ever-changing norms.
In the complicated world of financial management, a well-informed client is the best client. As a starting point, here are 10 questions you should ask every financial advisor during the interview process.
“Row The Boat” is more than just a mantra. Really, it’s the public face of the Broncos’ internal culture; it’s an idea that is tightly woven into the fabric of what the program stands for and how its student-athletes and coaches view themselves and world with which they interact.
Some of the many benefits of playing multiple sports include fewer overuse injuries, improved decision-making skills and mental health, better overall athleticism, a more diverse peer social network, and exposure to different coaching styles.
The world we all depend on is in a desperate struggle between those who would build and those who would destroy. Perhaps our sport, with its millions of ardent followers, can provide a metaphor for all that is good about shared values and building community. Perhaps we can make a difference well beyond the victories on the field and in the classroom.