also sought for our athletes to believe in the team concept and understand the power of the team versus an individual. I feel that a ‘team-first’ mentality fuels individuals to work and play harder because they recognize their accountability to their teammates. This same ‘team-first’ mentality will help individuals develop the self-discipline often required for team success.
overarching values may differ between us as coaches, but whatever they are, you must consistently emphasize and model them for your athletes. Being authentic as a person and as a professional is critical, if your goal is to make a positive lasting impression. Inconsistencies between your words and actions will affect your credibility and effectiveness as a coach.
as our “why” statements may differ, so may our “how” statements. Our “how” statement
refers to the actual training methodology and systems we use to accomplish our specific goals of performance improvement. We owe it to our athletes to research and commit ourselves to the most appropriate, safe, and effective training methods possible. Luckily, if we have a personal love of training, are committed to helping young people succeed, and have a strong ‘team-first’ paradigm, we will want to do the work necessary to ensure our training program’s success. It’s important that we are committed to successful outcomes of both our why and how statements.