Tom Landry, the Hall of Fame football coach for the Dallas Cowboys, won 250 NFL games in 29 years, and his teams had winning records for 20 straight seasons.
He was known as a quiet guy, not one for hyperbole or excessive rants. So, when you find one of his quotes, you tend to pay attention.
One of those quotes is: “Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”
As coaches, you and your team have goals – and hopefully they are the same. But do you have a plan and a method to achieve those goals?
You have players you have helped set individual goals, and you have team-wide goals the group has decided are within reach. They may be lofty or simple, but without a plan, chances are slim they will be realized.
Landry also is credited with two more quotes useful for this discussion. The first is, “The secret to winning is constant, consistent management.” The other is, “Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.”
In order to be a consistent and constant manager and get players to do what they don’t want to do, coaches need a calendar that maps everything out for the team – what they need to do today, what they have accomplished this week, and when they are supposed to do it.
DRIVN’s calendar is extremely flexible, allowing coaches or administrators to add entries into one calendar that the whole team uses. But they can also add something to one particular player’s calendar and neatly fit it into a time of day that doesn’t interfere with training, classes, tutoring, weight-training, or any other appointment.
If you have a player that needs to improve an aspect of his or her game, you can simply schedule extra work that progresses logically to the goal – 100 grounders after practice, three miles on Tuesday, 50 crosses after the game, 30 receptions before practice each day, etc.
The same can be done with team’s calendar. Coaches can set benchmarks, indicating where the team should be in any specific category at any given time during the season – daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.