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Coaches…I have a suggestion for a new way to solve old problems…
WFSCA 2012 Mid-Winter Clinic WIAA Coaches School 2012 Coach Don Papasedero Lets talk about ways to clarify expectations for your players and help them learn ways to get on the field….or in the line up
Let me share some perspectives with you on the athlete of the 2000s Sometimes it is unjustly considered part of a students maturation process A test (usually P/F), rite of passage, and a trial period. If the kid does not play, he is considered poorly coached by his parents and the player himself Todays athletes are constantly evaluated by vocal non- experts who think they have the knowledge to judge… If the kid is doing well it is because of genetics, parental input, etc….NOT you or your program…the high school coach is always under scrutiny. Even if…. The kid is an overachiever, the credit is nebulous.
Playing football on this team is not like ordering pizza…these guys need to actually show up…work hard…be prepared for setbacks…learn…see improvement…oh, and did I say work hard yet? Some pencil neck is not going to simply deliver to them what it takes to get onto the field. Bill Parcell
As coaches, we sometimes ask.. Why cant these guys get it? Why arent they playing better? What is wrong with these players of today? Dont they understand what it takes? We have worked so hard at getting them ready…they just dont get it!
Coaches: We know what we want from players… We have experience, a plan, motivation, ability, resources and most of us have passion for coaching our sports… But…do our players have a clear understanding of what they want?
The players of today may know what they want out of playing…. Usually it involves playing success or MINUTES!! Often they have potential, a dose of motivation, a small amount of experience, and an automatic expectation to be on the field. Some players have great resolve and desire (perhaps like we had as players).
…but, they often do not have a clue how to get what they want! I contend that this is NOT a societal problem (soft kids) an educational problem (challenged learners) or a parental problem (unreasonable expectations) I see this is a failure of our coaches of today to recognize exactly what skill sets the players come to us with. We assume way too much!
What is the disconnect? Language of the game? Expectations fuzzy? Traditions are assumed and unknown? Individual goals unrealistic? Team goals unpublished? Those very things that we perhaps we learned as children, students, and players cannot be assumed as we coach in the 2000s!
We need to shoulder some of the blame for player underachievement. Here are some examples of how we screw up The coach stands in one place and yells at the players. Little is written. Expectations are not delineated, there is no proper demonstration, thus confusing the players. The coach verbally humiliates players. He says, Why cant you learn? or Didnt I just show this to you? You dont want it enough. The player immediately shuts down and refuses to try.
The coach is late, fails to dress for practice, is not prepared, walks and moves slowly, does not know the scheme, does not know the players names, etc. If Coach demonstrates lack of commitment, how will the players understand and grasp commitment? The coach teaches out of his scrapbook. …back when… Todays players often cannot learn from history unless they are personally involved…there is no relevance!
In meetings, the coach is constantly using and referring to notes. He has not committed the teaching information to heart…the player asks himself, Why do I need to know all of this !?#@!? when HE doesnt? The coach is listless, tired, negative, fails to break a sweat at practice, shows zero passion. The player has nobody to emulate or inspire him to perform at a high level. The loud and negative coach is the overwhelming reason why kids quit sports.
The coach has drills that have very little relationship to the game. The connection is not made from the drill-to-game day. The player might get good at drills, but not at competing in the games. Going back to the fundamentals we learned as players is worthless…if it is not related to how to use the fundys. Not only do you need to know and teach the basic fundamentals, you need to incorporate them into real life the players can actually use. No connection? No learning.
If you want to be a great coach, and they want to be great players…if they get theirs, then you get yours. Red Blake
11 Ways to Become an Irreplaceable Player! 1. Be Coachable 2. Play this game with real passion 3. Know your playing days are limited 4. Be a positive ambassador for your game! 5. Never have a pretend injury 6. Do everything fast! 7. Be truthful 8. Do all of the right things off the field 9. Preserve and celebrate the dignity of the game 10. Expect to make big plays. Plan on it. 11. Play to win
Play it like a man, love it like a boy. Jackie Robinson
Yeah, motivation is very simple. Just eliminate all those that are not motivated. Lou Holtz
1. Be coachable! Become a student of the game, willingly accept instruction, and learn the system cold. Embrace your programs history. Realize that you have a lot left to learn! One of THE WORST things a coach can call you is uncoachable. Sports are constantly changing. Coaches, even poor ones, put in massive hours to learn. They are dedicated…match their effort!
2. Play the game with passion! This game requires heart, hustle, and emotions. Get excited, be loud, be proud, show some energy, go crazy once on a while, take massive chances, and talk it up!
Any football player that honestly gives...will always get! No football player has ever drowned in his own sweat… its not even close! Friday Night Lights
3. Remember…competitive athletics are NOT usually lifetime sports! Even the very best players in history will seldom get a chance to play into their 30s. Fitness, activities, etc. (some other sports) can be played to some extent for a long time…but…competition? Your time as a player goes by in an instant. DO NOT CHEAT YOURSELF and look back on your career with regrets.
Sports in High School??? I mean, like, I was the best Pac-Man and Super Mario player in my school. Nobody could score as high as I did…I like, I mean, hours and hours of practice. King County Jail Inmate
4. You are responsible to be a positive ambassador for this game we love! We are constantly being evaluated with disdain and a watchful eye. Teachers, community members, parents, the media, and the student body hold us to an unfair standard. Be visibly positive. Represent (yourself, school, team, community, THE GAME!) You are hanging around with the coolest kids in your school. Try and find ways to teach the game….explain your sport to the ultra-ignorant as much as possible.
5. Never, never, never fake injuries Nothing turns coaches off faster than pretend injuries. It is crushing and demoralizing to your team. It puts you in the very worst category as a teammate… a lying, wimpy, selfish, soft player. It is almost impossible to trust you and put you into the line-up. This is 2012…your coaches and trainers know enough about sports injuries to not put you at risk. If you are really injured, they will not force you back into participation. Your teammates will know the truth and lose respect for you. It is DEFINITELY NOT COOL to miss practice, hang around the training room, limp around school, lie on the sidelines, and tell your catastrophic injury story.
Miss any football? Unthinkable! After football, there is only one big event left and I am not ready for that one… besides, funerals are too damn expensive anyway. Bobby Bowden
Hurt? How can he be hurt?…he does not hit anybody! I promise you, nothing cleanses the soul better than getting the ---t kicked out of you. As a matter of fact, bring that hurt guy to my office for a little soul cleansing before I send his ass back to his soft, California town on a slow, stinking bus. Woody Hayes
6. Play fast! Play the game with speed and quickness as a top priority. Your coaches will always find a way to put you in the lineup if you have a motor. If you find yourself not getting your minutes, start doing everything with a sense of urgency…Coach will notice! Part of getting faster is mental. Every coach in the world looks for mental toughness…this is a big key to getting in the line up. Be ruthless…the guy that nobody wants to practice/play against. To dance with you, they have to pay. Get a rep as that guy. Becoming faster and quicker can be a learned behavior.
7. Be truthful and dependable There is no substitute for always showing veracity. Tell the truth, walk your talk, be consistent and dependable. Be known for always being there when you say you will be. Your very highest self-appreciation as a competitive athlete will stem from being honest with yourself, your coaches, and your teammates.
You can learn more about character and yourself while playing sports than anywhere else in life. Players that recognize truth, empathy, honest support, and acceptance of them as people, (not just football players), will always excel for their team. Richard Nixon
8. Off the field…do the right things! Academics are crucial. You are a STUDENT-athlete Follow the D+A policy perfectly! How are you dressing? Would someone who does not know you think you are an athlete? Think about how your off-field behaviors negatively affect others that you care about.
….nobody ever says in the press, or on TV, or any damn where else that he is a recovering football player. Bum Phillips
9. Preserve the dignity of the Game Never cheat. Celebrate and thrive on the ultra-competitive nature of this game we love. Be grateful for the awesome opportunity to play the game that you love. Most rules prohibit taunting and excessive celebration! The very best move in all of athletics…is offering your hand!
10. Be a playmaker! Remove your blind spots (scotomas) and limitations Expect that you will make big plays and game- changers…look for your chance at practice too! Every player that is on the field will have a chance to make big plays….with or without the ball. Films NEVER lie.
I am most impressed with this guys uncanny ability to be around the ball…. When someone wants to give it to him. Willamette University Coach (while watching a recruit on tape)
11. Win it! Make your presence @ practice and games known. Be a difference-maker in the outcome. Live for game days or nights! Game time! The sheer force of YOUR WILL can make great things happen. Play to win…every play…it is contagious!
In conclusion, a little marine science lesson for your players… the remora
Remoras in Football Certainly one of the lowest and most distasteful creatures on the planet is the ubiquitous Remora. They boastfully display a broad array of colors, a fierce collection of razor like teeth (with no actual known use) and little or no evidence of a simple defense. Nature has ordained this loathsome creature to be the bottom feeders of the planet.
Remoras in Football They attach themselves via suction or natural bile to the anus of the most powerful and ferocious shark in his territory and wait to feed on the often projectile-like explosions his host provides. They attach themselves to these floating feces and ingest all the remaining nutrients the host shark has rejected. Upon becoming satiated from eating shark feces, they quickly re-seek their host or traditionally move onto the next convenient host in search of more easy meals.
Remoras in Football Their most disgusting habit occurs during battles. The Remora rides slowly below the powerful shark when he is in grievous fighting, or feeding on other fish. As the outcome of the sharks struggle becomes evident, the Remora patiently waits until the fight is long over...begins eating the spoils of this battle, and seemingly proclaims to all of nature that he is very powerful and dangerous because he dines only with the strong and victorious.
High School players do not eat ---t, watch fights from the sideline, and proclaim themselves as something special! High School players are NOT Remoras! Embrace this game, put a lot of yourself into it…love it like a boy, but play it like a man!
Contact Information Coach Don Papasedero firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (cell) 206-719-0492 (work) 206-230-6347