Lunch & Learn: No Enemy At The Gate

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to talk about our athletes mentality of “No Enemy At The Gate.” We all want our athletes to be at their best whether we are a coach or a parent, but we are trying to do that in the way that was best for us – not they way that is best for them! We have to learn to teach the same concepts in a different way and that is what “No Enemy At The Gate” is all about!

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: The “I Love Watching You Play” Problem

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to talk about the “I Love Watching You Play” problem. This is a little deeper challenge than just simply having something nice to say after a game! We are losing over 60% of our athletes before they ever get to high school and it isn’t that they just decided to stop playing – THEY HAD A REASON TO QUIT! Our athletes are having bad experiences and it’s not just the parents and its not just the coaches – we all have a part in this play!

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!

Lunch & Learn: The Only Goal

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to talk about the ONLY GOAL that parents and coaches should have for their athletes! We are losing over 60% of our athletes before they ever get to high school! The challenge isn’t that the kids don’t want to win or don’t want to get better – it’s the changing of the goals that adults have for our athletes!

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!

Lunch & Learn: It Takes What It Takes

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In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to take a look at what Coach Saban means by “It Takes What It Takes” as it relates to making or breaking you & your athletes career. As much as I agree with coach Saban on this with regard to athletes I also have a different perspective that I think matters for athletes and the coaches who coach 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!

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

 

A Tool For Every Job & Frank Martin

No matter what we do, there is a tool out there that somebody has created to make the job we are attempting to accomplish more efficient or more productive! Coaching is no different. We do face a challenge in that we have to understand the challenge so that we can get the right tool that will help us out the most. Frank Martin, the coach of the Final 4 bound South Carolina Gamecocks has burned his way into the mainstream media with a great team and a viral meme that speaks to this topic!

We will take a deep dive into the concept of where kids are really at and what is going on with millennials and I-Gens that is making it tougher and tougher to connect with them. Just like any challenge there are two sides to the issue and we will explore both of them. Remember that the goal is to get the results that you and your athletes are striving for and to get those results more often than not you need to get the Right Tools For The Job!

The Compound Performance Effect

When looking at an athletes competitive performance capacity The Compound Performance Effect is one of the most powerful or most debilitating factors for an athlete. Coaches that understand this effect and know how to coach the athletes through it have a distinct advantage over the competition. The Compound Performance Effect, in my opinion, is the single most important aspect in coaching when it comes to competitive production. Techniques, tactics, strategies, gear you name it – all of it pales in comparison to coaching your program to have a positive Compound Performance Effect.

Does Your Program Meet The “System Requirements?”

With all of the technology today – every thing we get has “System Requirements” in order to use a device to it’s full potential! Like it or not that is the exact same situation athletes, coaches, parents and administrators are in!

I ask that question because early in my career as a coach I often came across problems and would try and use MY OWN BRAIN in an attempt to fix it. The challenge was I rarely had the system requirements to optimally attack the challenge that I or my team was facing. Unfortunately, we never get that awesome instructional manual that explains how to address the challenges that we face on a daily basis as coaches. What’s interesting is thinking about what happens when you try to download a new program to your computer and your computer rejects it because you don’t have the right system requirements. You get that pop-up screen alerting you to the problem – don’t you wish we would get that as coaches!

This is a great analogy for our teams and relationships because if we have not updated our “System Requirements” to meet the needs of our team and our athletes we will not have an optimally functioning program. Just like our devices we will be able to use them but won’t have all of the functionality and ultimately the devices will be less useful! That’s when the real problem rears it’s ugly head – Rationalization! The 2 biggest issues we usually face is that we rationalize that “WE” have the right “System Requirements” and that “THEY” have to adjust their operating systems!

As the lady said to her friend that was taping pictures to her living room wall and thinking it was like Pinterest – “It doesn’t work like that!” Rationalizing that outdated philosophies and systems will work in today’s world is simply being dishonest with yourself. You know it too! Let me ask you this question – “would you be willing to put LEADED gasoline in the current car you are driving today?” I know you answered NO to that question because it would ruin your engine. The big question is – WHY? The EPA and Auto industry updated their engines to NOT USE leaded gasoline anymore. Car engines are a system and their system requirements have been updated – and we were FORCED to upgrade to better running more efficient cars.

Do you find yourself know that you need but are actually resisting the “System Update” by saying things like: “I’m Old School” or “it’s worked for this long” or “these athletes just don’t get it.” It is impossible to update pieces and parts of your program to improve productivity, efficiency, connection and engagement if you haven’t updated your base system to ensure that these changes will work. One of the best pieces of advice I was given 27 years ago was – “never think your broken when things don’t work – remember that everything in coaching can be fixed if your willing too!”

If you are looking to change the outcomes of your program on a consistent basis the inconvenient truth is that you are going to have to update your system requirements! If you would like to discuss how to update your communication strategies, practice efficiency and competitive production reach out via email and lets talk systems!

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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Two Things Every Coach & Athlete Need To Know

Months ago I started talking with a recruit from a state far far away, and as those general conversations grew into probing conversations on both ends I decided to take a trip to see him compete. Knowing that I was going out to the state tournament I did two things that every coach & athlete need to know!

Athletes: You’re Always On!
I watched athletes warm-up and they’re behavior right after the competition. How you compete is only a part of your package. I even looked for our top recruits in the stands to see their non-match demeanor.
**In one match there was an athlete that we were looking at that lost a close match on a controversial call. His demeanor wasn’t ideal but it wasn’t terrible – BUT – he made an effort to go out of his way to bump into his opponent and knock him into a table – he immediately came off our recruiting board!

Coaches: Respond To Your Emails
I sent out an email to coaches letting them know that I would be at the state tournament. Why a coach would not respond is beyond me but I had way more coaches NOIT respond to my request for their seniors and top athletes. The result is that many kids that may be high quality didn’t get an opportunity to be offered our 20,000.00 scholarship.
** One coach reached out and said he had two remarkable young men that he felt would be great additions to a program at the next level. I made sure to position myself front and center when they competed and found two young men that are absolute game changers! These two athletes are now looking at 20,000.00 scholarships and the opportunity to compete at the next level!!

Now for a side note for athletes that is really important:
I discovered multiple NEW prospects by watching the recruits I came to see. That means no matter when you compete, big stage or little event – you never know when someone will be there to see what you do and WHO you are! Understand that college coaches are watching way more then just what happens during the whistles. Your bench demeanor, post failure actions, communication level with the coach and your teammates, there are so many thing other than your talent level that are important.

Now for a side note for coaches that is really important:
Know The Process & The Levels! I had some great conversations this weekend with coaches who were thankful to get information on how the recruiting process actually worked and the difference between the levels of competition in college. Unfortunately the only level really getting any press is DI which has some of the fewest athletes in most sports. There are incredible opportunities outside of the glitz and glamour of DI TV sports! The experience and education is often as good if not better. Know your athletes and know the levels so you can place them in the best environment possible so they have the most success possible!

Last Note: I did a home visit while I was on this recruiting trip and that is truly where the rubber meets the road! Get into the homes of your athletes – that is where you learn WHO they are. You see the pictures on the wall, if their dogs are trained, if they take out the trash and so on. The home visit is for you and the campus visit is for them. I know you cant visit them all but you need to get into the homes of your top recruits!!

If you would like to learn more about how to have successful recruiting trips like the one I just had reach out to me at tyler@7secondcoach.com or go to the College Coaches Solution Page at 7SecondCoach.com