Back in late December I took some time to reflect back on 2011, and I created my list of yearly highlights and key learnings. I realized it would be worthwhile
Many will say: “What do you mean I’m a poor leader if I lead by example?” Well, for starters, “leadership” is what every team member must do on a good team. It’s a baseline. A starting point that lays the foundation for winning and championship performances. The first level of leadership is leading yourself. That is, by doing what needs to be done (e.g. showing up on time, being prepared to play, hustling, etc.), it sets the example – or tone rather. That’s called doing your part. To a good coach, it’s the expectation rather than an exception.
Listen in as ‘Coach D’ opens up on topics such as how to create championship practices, being special and standing out to a good coach, teaching players how to communicate effectively, and her relationship with legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden.
Excuses are for mediocre players. Forget them. There are thousands of excuses available to all losers. To have a good excuse is to have what every other loser in the history of the world has had. Don’t make the ridiculous mistake of thinking that your particular brand of excuse is somehow more valid than the last 20 million that have been uttered.
THINK THE GAME
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If you have attended PGC before you understand the feeling of leaving PGC and feeling so passionate about the wealth of information you gained. You have special memories of what it was like to play in a gym full of SCHAPE’d athletes, and you are pondering just how special it could be for your team at home to give you that same feeling. Here are some ideas on the best way to share this newfound information with your coach.
During a court side interview during the 1st Annual Don Meyer Classic on ESPNU, Coach Meyer shared these three rules that he demanded of all all his players and coaches.
It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to meet a true basketball coaching legend. I had that very privilege recently when I shared a meal and time with the tremendous basketball coach and human being, Don Meyer. Coach Meyer is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA men’s basketball history and recently retired as head coach at Northern State University. More impressive than his coaching accomplishments has been the storied journey he’s gone through in battling cancer and a horrific car accident.
When your coach tells you how he wants you to do something, if you understand what he is telling you, nod to him. This seems like an obvious thing, and hardly a tip for a good basketball player yet very often players fail to do this. Nodding to the coach tells him you understand his instruction, and more importantly it gives the coach a good feeling about telling you.