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.
Chemistry is complicated. The difference between good chemistry and bad chemistry is the same as the difference between harmony and chaos.
On Aug. 21, millions of Americans from Oregon to South Carolina will be watching a solar eclipse.
There’s no shortage of information about how where to watch, how to watch it safely, what to expect and countless other bits of information.
After we started using DRIVN at Greenwich High School, we started to discover all these different ways we could use it, all the different things it could help us with. Player accountability is a very important one.
When it comes down to it, in high school sports you are trying to develop leaders and responsible adults.
Everyone has their own ideas about leadership, and there is no shortage of ways to explain or define it.
This way, however, seems better than most: “Good leaders create an environment in which leaders emerge.”
The proper environment within your team can help develop leadership qualities in your players, but the right factors can also provide a leadership platform for players who at first glance seem to have little or no leadership abilities.
Communication has always been an integral part of coaching. In the old days, Vince Lombardi screamed and threatened his Green Bay Packers. Bobby Knight threw things and bullied his teams. John Wooden spoke softly so his players would have to pay close attention to hear him. Others have used a combination of diverse methods to get their points across to athletes.
We hear the complaint more and more frequently in various forms. But most of the time, it starts with “Kids these days ...”
The complaint revolves around teenagers – and sometimes covers an entire generation – and their phones. “Their heads are buried in the phones” … “They don’t know how to interact with people” … “They have no social skills.”
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At some point in the 1990s, I was in a group of reporters when Julie Foudy was asked a simple question. Foudy, the co-captain of the U.S. Women’s national soccer team for 11 years, rarely gave simple answers. Her replies usually contained insight, humor, self-deprecation, a smile, or some combination of all of the above.
But if there ever was one, this question was a prime candidate for a simple answer. She was asked, “What sacrifices have you made in your life to become an elite athlete?” The reporter’s intent was to get a list of things other teenagers were able to do that Foudy was not because she was traveling the world playing soccer for her country.
In the past, I have written about how DRIVN has helped my football program at Greenwich High School with communication and accountability. In this column, I want to explain how it has helped develop a sense of community among my players.
Now that we have mastered the basics tools DRIVN allows, we are going to do much more with it. We are always finding new ways to use it, and sometimes we discover that it has improved a situation we didn’t think it would.