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 3

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are continuing our interview with championship coach and award winning author John Brubaker. In part 3 we hit adversity, success, significance, rewards and awards right in the chops. If you have been looking for the hidden clues to reaching your full potential then you definitely don’t want to miss 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 – 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: It’s The Plan That Makes The Program

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to talk about how planning can make or break many of your coaching ideas!  Every coach has great vision and wants to expand, build and grow their program, the question is whats the best way to do that? Another big roadblock is if you try and it fails do you know why and do you have a plan on how to adjust, adapt and take another shot at it? That is what we will discuss today!

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 Unfair Coach

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to talk about the UNFAIR COACH! One of the biggest challenges in sports at the Youth & High School levels is the idea that the coach is unfairly selecting one player over another. I am here to tell you that there is a reason that happens and I am going to pull back the curtain for you to understand why!

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 No Debt Dream Dilemma

This is a crazy time of the year for high school senior athletes and college programs. For so long the athlete was in somewhat of a bubble being able to dream about going anywhere they wanted to play their sport at the next level. Many never got the memo about academics and their list of schools got small fast. Other athletes are waiting on the call that will never come and finally there are athletes that have the perfect opportunity staring them in the face but the decision has suddenly been ripped out of their hands by their parents chasing the No Debt Dream.

The reality of the distant gaze of the Full-Ride offer is starting to becoming increasingly more clear day by day for both the parent and the athlete. The realization that there are more levels and divisions that the parents never knew about but think operate the same way is confusing the process dramatically. Parents are wondering why their child is being told to take out loans when on TV the athletes get cars, plane rides and don’t pay anything to go to school? The focus in finding the right school is getting demolished by trying to find the biggest pot of gold!

Sadly, it’s this chasing of the “No Debt Dream” that ends up putting the athletes in a tough spot. Coaches that found the athletes before they had achieved any substantial recognition are now being put off in hopes of finding a coach who has only seen a name in the paper but can throw money at them – regardless of how well the college fits their future plans. They so desperately want the No Debt Dream to be a reality they will tune out the unpleasant truths and tune into the comforting lies!

This is where things get a little dicey, as parents chase the No Debt Dream and kids lose the passion of the coach who has been with them the longest, the athlete still ends up taking on debt – unfortunately it’s at a college or university that is not the best choice but often the only choice that’s left! This is where we start to get into the statistical insanity of 25-30% transfer rates and 35% non-finish rates.

Imagine ending up having to take on student loan debt ANYWAY when the whole goal was to not take on any and then you end up NOT GRADUATING or worse yet graduating with a degree that not respected high enough to get you into the career that will allow you to pay off your debt! Sadly – the parents usually don’t offer to pick up the tab even though they ordered the meal

This entire debacle could have been avoided had the focus been on the RIGHT institution not the mythical pot of gold. Thinking that the average student-athlete is going to attend college and leave after 4-5 years with No Debt is truly wishful thinking! Sure it would be nice and the least amount of debt as possible should factor into the decision making process, but here is the real question – what does the student-athlete want?

Here is what they want: a team that accepts them – a coach that respects them – a college that prepares them and a degree that fulfills them! If they can find those things at the college of their choice while being able to continue to participate in the sport they love – taking on a little debt will never be a second thought!

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!

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!