Reflection

Reflection

I’m coaching middle school football again this year, and we’ve added a new component to the weekly schedule.  Nothing hugely time consuming, but an exercise designed to get the boys to do some thinking and reflecting. One of our themes for the year is...

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Sorrow, Joy and Sports

Sorrow, Joy and Sports

I had a topic all ready to go for today but there’s been a change of plans. Something has happened that hit me hard and there’s no way I can write about anything else. Late last week I attended the funeral for the ten year old son of a friend of mine.  It...

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Joy – Part 2

Joy – Part 2

A little over a month ago, I wrote a post entitled Joy (linked here).  The basic premise was that it’s too bad that so many adults have hijacked the sports experience of our children, to the point that so many kids don’t really want to play anymore.  I...

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Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Our friend John O’Sullivan of Changing the Game Project has written a post with some outstanding suggestions for summer reading.  Coaches are continually striving to get the most out of themselves and their athletes, and the books highlighted in John’s...

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Age Appropriate

Age Appropriate

I began coaching at the high school level in 1998 and spent seven years working mostly with athletes who were 15-18 years old.  During those years, I learned from the other coaches on our staff how to get the most out of those kids.  We pushed them hard and demanded...

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Joy

Joy

Take a look at this picture.  What do you see?  I see play.  I see effort.  I see young people doing something they love, for no reason other than they are enjoying themselves.  That’s really what I see.  Joy. Twice in the last month or so I had conversations...

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Be a Finisher

Be a Finisher

Chances are you may have already seen it, but if you’ve never watched the clip of the Oregon distance runner prematurely celebrating his victory in a college track meet last year you really should check it out.  You can read more about the race and see the video...

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Be More Pacific

Be More Pacific

When my brother was small and wanted more information he would say, “Could you be more pacific?”  He’s probably not the only little kid in history to mix up the words specific and Pacific, but it was kind of adorable.  For the past 35 years, whenever...

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For

Have you ever seen an official make a bad call?  I have.  In my life of playing and coaching sports I’ve seen a few calls that made me wish someone else was reffing or umpiring our game.  And I know I’m not alone.  There are some officials who make some...

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Arrogance

Arrogance

During my middle school and early high school years, I knew where I would be pretty much every Saturday morning at 11 AM.  I would be in front of the TV, ready to watch WWF Wrestling.  It was the era of Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Savage, the Million Dollar Man, Jake the...

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Generations

Generations

A simple, short post today.  Last week my four sons were on spring break, and there’s probably no better week to be on spring break than the first week of the NCAA basketball tournament.  For a few days in a row, my two oldest would roll out of bed, stumble down...

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I coach to develop my players into men/women of integrity who will love, serve, and lead others with confidence, excellence, and purpose.

I coach to help young people develop a love for sports and for others that will steer them towards becoming someone who will change the world for good.

I coach to inspire, motivate, and propel athletes of all ages to live a life defined by compassion, integrity, and fitness in order to have a more positive impact on the lives of others.

I coach in order to help young people gain confidence in who they are and what they were created to do.

I coach to lead athletes through a journey to develop remarkable character, pure integrity and empowering each player to become leaders within our community.

I coach to develop young men who will strive to be committed, passionate and selfless in their sport and in life.

I coach to have a positive influence on lives, help kids learn basic fundamentals, to be part of a family, and to be a positive role model during an important time of growth in young people’s lives.

I coach to give kids an opportunity to follow their dreams while teaching them to become young leaders who understand the importance of education, teamwork and enthusiasm.

I coach to help boys and girls have positive experiences with sports and to be a male role model that will help them grow into confident, healthy and prosperous adults.

I coach to help our youth by serving as a role model, teacher, mentor, boss, friend and sometimes a father figure in hopes that I can influence them to become responsible leaders that will positively impact our world.

I coach to help young people develop a passion for sport and a passion for being loving, caring leaders.

I coach to help kids learn to love sports while learning loyalty, humility and respect.

I coach to develop the traits of integrity, selflessness and work ethic in the hopes that my athletes will carry those traits into a successful adult life.

I coach to help develop character and integrity in youth athletes who will then impact their community for good.

I coach in order to help young people value themselves, seek self-improvement and learn ways to encourage others.

I coach to instill a strong work ethic and sense of personal responsibility that leads young people to being a positive influence on others.

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