An Offensive Attitude

I love this time of year!  Practice begins with excitement and vigor as players step into new roles and new players step into a new program.  Every year is unique and different, but one thing I’ve learned through coaching for 35 years is how much more important the “How’s and Why’s” are compared to the “What’s.”  We have returning players fretting over our calls and sets, racking their brains to remember our playbook from last year, and we have newcomers scrambling to keep up with instructions and demonstrations. During our first week of practice, however, we’ve put that all on hold so that we could teach the attitudes we want our players to have when we have the ball.  They’re also a perfect reminder of how I want to approach my life as a Christian. Continue reading

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Leave Nothing

With a week left before our college team starts practices, we are feverishly making practice plans and adjusting our approach.  As I get in practice mode, there a few things that give me pause to consider.  Last week we talked about learning from failure, but the focus this week is on the concept of quitting. Continue reading

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Why Am I Not Playing? Examine Yourself!

With our players back on campus, I’ve already been asked, “Coach, how do I get more time this year?”  Everyone wants to play, but on an expanded Division III roster like ours, not everyone will get to play and so that question will be asked excessively in the next few months. Continue reading

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