Coaches, have you ever paused for a moment or taken the time to reflect on the balance you’re keeping between your family and coaching? I know that can be a tough question to ask yourself, but there may not be a more important one to consider. I challenge each of us to take a timeout today. A timeout to pause and reflect on our own lives. As we take this timeout, there are three basic steps that we must honestly contemplate in order to evaluate our coaching/family balance.
Process. Process. Process. You have probably heard it thrown around in the last several years when it comes to sports teams and their approach to success. It’s a “buzz word” that a lot of well-known coaches refer to all the time. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear one of these coaches, former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, talk about this idea of process. What he said blew me away.
Whether we realize it or not, each of us is selling something to those around us every day. In everything we do, we’re either selling positive or we’re selling negative. It’s in how we speak to others. How we show up to class or work. How we contribute or contaminate in practice. And how we live our daily lives.
What’s the difference between a commitment based team culture and a behavior based culture? And, why should it matter to you? Here’s a video from a recent PGC / Glazier basketball
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Coach Bob Starkey (Associate Head Coach, LSU) , is well regarded as one of the top minds and hardest workers in all of college basketball. Now in his 22nd season at Louisiana State University, Coach Starkey joined the PGC community of basketball coaches to share his insights.
Season after season, teams called “great” get four or five or even 10 victories a year by only a few points over teams called “mediocre” or “bad.” Think about that. A few points, a couple of plays, a missed rebound, a loose ball, a low percentage shot someplace instead of one more pass and a higher percentage shot. How do some some people win consistently (by a few points) while others lose consistently (often only by a few points, too)?
Here are some thoughts from Boston Celtics assistant basketball coach, Kevin Eastman, about the role and responsibilities of assistant basketball coaches. There are some ideas that hold true for all levels of basketball coaches, basketball players, and parents as well.
Here’s the third instalment of my series of random coaching nuggets that contain some more notes that I’ve collected from great basketball coaches and speakers over the last few years.