Lunch & Learn: Current Coaches are Coached To Be Athletes – Part 4

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are finishing our interview with championship coach and award winning author John Brubaker. In the final episode we discuss tradition and advancement, communication and competitive stress! Possibly the single most important sound bit of the entire interview is in this episode – when you hear it you will immediately know you have found the keys to the kingdom (if you know how to use them)!

Lunch & Learn Wednesday is dedicated to providing insights into the hard topics that often require introspection. I remember using my lunch period as a teacher & coach as an opportunity to advance myself personally, in peace!

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Lunch & Learn: Current Coaches are Coached To Be Athletes – Part 2

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are continuing our interview with championship coach and award winning author John Brubaker. In part 2 we take on more of the issues that coaches face on a daily basis that often keep them and their athletes from reaching the goals they have set. You definitely don’t want to miss Coach Bru’s insights of Gold in this episode!

Lunch & Learn Wednesday is dedicated to providing insights into the hard topics that often require introspection. I remember using my lunch period as a teacher & coach as an opportunity to advance myself personally, in peace!

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Lunch & Learn: Current Coaches are Coached To Be Athletes

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are honored to interview championship coach and award winning author John Brubaker. We are going to take a deep dive into the concept surrounding the preparation of coaches. You see coaches are invariably athletes first and they are trained to execute athletic techniques and strategies – NOT TO BE COACHES! So why is it that so many coaches refuse assistance or don’t engage in professional development – that is what we will tackle in this 4 part interview!

Lunch & Learn Wednesday is dedicated to providing insights into the hard topics that often require introspection. I remember using my lunch period as a teacher & coach as an opportunity to advance myself personally, in peace!

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Lunch & Learn: Is Team First Best?

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to look at the concept of whether All-Star Coaches Teach Team First? Cul;ture is critical to success and one of the quickest ways to build a negative culture is to punish the athletes that don’t need to be punished! So the question is when you are trying to build a “Team First” culture are you actually killing it? That is the question we will hammer out right now!

Lunch & Learn Wednesday is dedicated to providing insights into the hard topics that often require introspection. I remember using my lunch period as a teacher & coach as an opportunity to advance myself personally, in peace!

 

 

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Lunch & Learn: How Do You Want To Arrive

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to take a look at how arriving at practice in the right state of mind can make or break your season. It’s easy to put the lions share of the responsibility of learning on the athlete – after all it is their sport and career – right. Unfortunately that’s not how this profession works! Athletes win – coaches lose and losing starts with bad practices. You can reduce the number of bad practices you have dramatically by showing up the right way!

Lunch & Learn Wednesday is dedicated to providing insights into the hard topics that often require introspection. I remember using my lunch period as a teacher & coach as an opportunity to advance myself personally, in peace!

Thanks for tuning in and we will talk with you next Wednesday!

The Free Market Is Very Revealing

It is not a new thought or idea that athletics has reached a tipping point in our country (maybe the world) but the free market is every revealing in just how big. Some sources put youth sports participation at nearly 70K athletes. Seemingly every week there is a story or video of a crazy coach, parent or athlete committing some type of illegal or unsportsmanlike act. For years I have been speaking, doing seminars and coaching at clinics on the need to adjust how we connect, engage and inspire our youth athletes and NOW the NFHS is jumping on board.

The NFHS just posted an article that has renowned author Stu Schaefer and former NBA player Earl Boykins talking about the need to adapt how we communicate with the athletes of today. I say better late than never. It is great that they are validating the coaching and communication techniques that 7SecondCoach has been teaching to coaches in all sports for such a long time.

Stu Schaefer stated in the article that “coaches have every little time to give feedback in practice and even less time to give feedback during a game.” Stu is absolutely right and any coach who has been on the sideline during a game or practice knows how disruptive it is to try and re-teach a technique or strategy on the spot. In practice you destroy pace and impact the amount of learning that the rest of the team receives and in competition all your doing is raising the levels of competitive stress which increases mistakes! Earl Boykins mentioned in the article that “the things we do in practice make the games easier” Albeit that is seemingly an easier soundbite to digest, it only makes competition easier if the athletes actually learned what was taught well enough to recall it.

These statements validate that the 7SecondCoach model for communication in coaching is the best way to get the very best version of yourself as a coach prepared to get the very best version of your athletes into competition! Using communication techniques that reach the athletes where they’re at combined with using the science of learning to design the best practices for maximum learning and recall will elevate your athletes and team faster than you could ever have imagined.

Outside of the NFHS, the athletic “self-help” market is seeing an explosion in the number of “experts” that are entering the space. I see more and more people that have never coached, never recruited, never dealt with an NGB, only coached clubs and even have LOSING RECORDS claiming to be “EXPERTS” simply because of how big the free market need is in athletics. This simply shows that the need for Best Practices in coaching and athletic communication to get athletes to their peak performance levels are real. So real in fact that people are willing to listen to a person who has never coached tell them how to coach. The flip side of that equation is that there are so many people in the coaching space that as soon as they get a whistle they “become experts.” Unfortunately – these coaches are also in need of “expert” coaching knowledge but because they are already and expert (they have the whistle) they don’t seek out a mentor or coach.

The free market is telling all of us that the “athletic self-help” industry is in desperate need of REAL experts that have REAL solutions that have been REALLY successful and have REAL experience with REAL athletic situations. If you would like to talk with a REAL coach about REAL solutions for your athlete(s) or your team, reach out so we can work on finding the REAL answers you need to become the best version of yourself as a coach to get the best version of your athletes into competition!

EGOsystem or ECOsystem – which one is your program in?

I hope the title didn’t scare you off because this is a really really important topic! I think the eschooltoday.com definition is very good: “An ecosystem includes all of the living things in a given area, interacting with each other, and also with their non-living environments.” Essentially, it is the entire environment around you and how everything works together to become symbiotic so each organism can flourish. Unfortunately, the EGOsystem is almost the exact opposite. It is the entire environment designed to serve ONE ORGANISM and ensure that that singular organism flourishes. Albeit – other organisms may also flourish or improve for a short period of time but that is a by-product not a function.

It is essential that the athletic director is the leading factor in creating an athletic ecosystem that is designed for the growth and development of every student-athlete and coach. When one organism is allowed to take more resources or has different rules of interaction with the ecosystem it becomes an EGOsystem. If one team has different rules or is governed differently or one (or more) coach(es) has more or less leniency than another, that environment is not designed with all organisms best interest in mind which creates a toxic EGOsystem.

The reason I mention the athletic directors first is that as a former AD I noticed quickly that the ECOsystem I put forth for the athletic department was immediately seen in some form or fashion in the teams within the department. One thing I noticed immediately was that my drive to continuing winning as the head football and wrestling coach spilled over into other programs. Although you may be asking why is that a bad thing? The reason was some of the coaches were now spending significantly more time on the coaching aspect of their job during school hours which as you know is a no-no.

When coaches are involved in an EGOsystem they feel empowered to win at all costs without concern for the well being of their athletes or the other teams around them. The singularity of purpose can be consuming. When the energy of winning starts to cover everything around it, it becomes suffocating and debilitating. Players best interests, the teams best interests and the programs best interests become a side note in the quest to get one more win or that elusive state championship.

Here are 7 Indicators that you have an EGOsystem:
1) Your coaches only challenge you on small items
2) You are always concerned with the next win
3) You have a retention problem in your program
4) You have a parent problem in your program
5) You have a communication problem in your program
6) You have an open door policy that doesn’t get used
7) You program has a “my way or the highway” approach to the athletes

If you have subscribed to the 7SecondCoach Video Newsletter there are in depth explanations of each of these 7 indicators and more discussion on this topic.

Be aware that a decade ago this type of program may have produced some pretty good teams, but times have changed. The hardest part of change is realizing that the need to change doesn’t mean you were doing anything wrong. Changing is a natural function of the world of sports. From the Power-I to Spread offenses, from Post Play to 5-Out offenses, from Singles & Doubles to Funk. In an ecosystem the environment adapts to the changes it faces for the survival of all organisms. It is critical that you acknowledge that the landscape of athletics has changed and adjustments must be made to see your program flourish!

If you would like to discuss what those changes look like and who they can be incorporated into your program reach out to me at tyler@7secondcoach.com.

The Hay Is In The Barn

I don’t post very often on Fridays because everyone has a lot going on – like us. But as we get ready to head out this morning to our National Qualifier it struck me that we have been using the phrase The Hay Is In The Barn this week! It is true, all of the hard work happens before the hay gets in etc barn and once it’s in your work is done! The challenge is that too often coaches don’t coach that way!

At some point the realization is that the players are playing and the coaches really can’t do much about it after the lights come on and the whistle blows. The coach has to have comfort in the that has been done before the first tick of the clock has been complete and done well enough that the athletes are ready to compete. That doesn’t mean that a coach shouldn’t coach but you know what I’m talking about, screaming every second for every athlete and what they’re supposed to do every single second. That is not coaching that is babysitting!

That’s why it is so important that every coach has the most effective practices possible and has removed the communication barriers for the best learning to occur. Coaches that coach to reduce or eliminate competitive anxiety allow their athletes to perform better than coaches that constantly yell at their athlete what to do every second.

Think about this, if you had someone in your ear every single second of every single practice yelling at you about what you should be coaching you would get irritated and have them removed from your practice – right! Why does that scenario all of a sudden change for your athletes?? Often the answer I get is “Well – they don’t know what they’re doing.” My response is always the same – “then what are you doing in practice? Isn’t that your only job as a coach – to prepare your athletes with what they need to know to be successful in competition?” That is ALWAYS met with gruff silence. Being at a place that saying The Hay Is In The Barn is a reality is the goal because you know and your athletes know that the work has been done and they can relax and enjoy competition.

The point of that statement is not to say coaches are not good at what they do but rather to create awareness in that there is a disconnect between what you think you are teaching and coaching and what the final product is in competition. As soon as you (the coach) get the practice product to look exactly like the competition product then you are on your way to great success. The next question is – how do we do that!

That is where your internal team language, :60 lessons, :07 terms, practice pace, competition executions and so on become so important. Yes – you may have to change some of your practice tactics to make sure this happens but isn’t that the reality of athletics – the coach who makes the best adjustments wins??

If you would like to discuss how to become a The Hay Is In The Barn coach and other championship level coaching techniques and tactics reach out to me at tyler@7secondcoach.com I would love to have a conversation with you!

The Coaching Investment That You Can’t Miss

The challenge that most coaches are facing is that they have refused to accept that change has occurred without their permission. The entire time they were doing things the “Old School Way” they forgot to look out the window and see that the landscape changed right before their very eyes. Now there is a massive internal struggle to rationalize and justify the way they’ve always done things which is not returning the success it used to with the reality that to become a contender they have to accept they must change just like the landscape did!

So today we have this war between the old and the new. Unfortunately, regardless of which side you are on (the old or the new) the other side plays a huge part in the success you need to advance your career. That’s right – the coaches NEED THEIR players to perform at their very best so they can reach their career goals just like the players need their coaches to be at their very best in developing them to reach their full potential so they can reach their goals. This is where everyone gets all a flutter! Fortunately if you learn where to invest your time with your athletes you will get their very best and that is the best thing for your career!

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I watched a program run off 4 players, that means they will not even be at the school, with another 7 players who are committed to not playing next year – all over a commitment to an outdated coaching philosophy that does not have the players best interest in mind. There is a key element to the Old School mentality that lands in a vast wasteland with the athletes of today – Athletic Trust. It is this element in athletics today that will drive a teams success or failure far faster than the talent on the field, court, mat or diamond.

In the “Old” days you could earn trust with winning percentages or championships. In today’s world that is not a reality. I often hear coaches talking about their winning percentages and how that should make their athletes listen and fall in line, my question to them is always the same: “has that worked in the past 10 years?” The resounding answer is always – no – or – some kids respond to it, showing their commitment to being right instead of successful.

The athletes that you coach today require you to invest in the relationship that you have with them. Today’s athlete requires a much deeper commitment than wins and losses to earn their trust. It is this commitment to building solid, fundamental relationships that earns the athletes trust. When you have invested enough to earn the athletes trust, THEN AND ONLY THEN will you get the BEST VERSION of that athlete. That is the key to success. Understanding this concept may actually mean you will decide to not be a coach any longer – why you ask?

The time investment into building the relationships with every player on your team is non-negotiable and massively significant. It requires a level of sacrifice in the other areas of your life (spouse, children, vacation, financial resources and even sleep) that very few are willing to make. What most coaches do is only build relationships with a few of the members of the team and then demand compliance using the “old school” rationalization. Then when the accusations of favoritism and ineffective coaching practices start flying around, it is more of a reality than a fantasy.

If your goal as a coach is to get the very best out of every athlete on your team, no matter what their position or level of contribution, then it is essential that you make adjustments to your communication and leadership style. We all know that the most successful coaches are the ones that make the right adjustments! It’s time for you to look out the window and see that the landscape has changed and make the appropriate adjustments.

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