πŸ† 7 Steps to a Championship

Championship seasons do not happen overnight. They happen through systemic and coordinated plans by coaches and stakeholders in the program.

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7 Steps to a Championship Season

Championship seasons do not happen overnight. They happen over time. They are earned.

Where does it start?

Talent?

You certainly need β€œenough” talent to win a championship.

But talent only opens the door. Talent does not guarantee anything. Many teams have enough talent to win.

I believe that Talent always sets the β€œfloor” for a team, and player leadership and culture set the β€œceiling.”

How does a coach develop their Culture and Player Leadership?

It is not easy, but Culture and Leadership should be the #1 and #2 jobs of coach. There is so much that goes into a successful season. This is why coaching is such a dynamic and challenging job.

Here are 7 steps to help you along the way.

7 Steps to a Championship Season πŸ†

1: Set the Vision

John Maxwell said that influential leaders β€œknow the way, show the way, and go the way.” This very much applies to head coaches as well.

Coaches must set the vision and goal of what their program will be. What it is all about. What it stands for.

This is a very in-depth job. And the best coaches have a clear and understood vision for their program.

2: Create a Culture of Excellence

The number one job of a coach is to create your culture.

I define culture in three ways.

  • What you allow.

  • What you emphasize

  • Every day.

The very best coaches are constantly building their culture.

Your culture is never finalized.

I have written two books on culture, Culture WINS and Culture WINS 2. Both of these provide ongoing stories, strategies, and resources to use to constantly develop your culture. Check them out.

3: Build Strong Team Chemistry

Once you have set your vision and begun to develop your culture, the next step is to ensure that you have good team chemistry.

Championships seasons always have well-connected teammates. Nick Saban, the newly retired GOAT of college football, talks about chemistry in this popular video.

Sometimes, the connection is natural; sometimes, you have to work at it. There and many things that coaches and team leaders can do to build and develop this chemistry. It is critical that coaches work with their team leaders to help do this.

Well-connected teams are needed in a championship season.

4: Systemically Develop Team Leaders

Player-led teams WIN. The success of our basketball program has been due to a winning culture, outstanding commitment, and our team leaders.

But how do you get a player-led team?

That is the ultimate challenging question for coaches each and every season.

Leaders must be developed systemically over time.

Leadership must be purposeful.

This is precisely why I built the Team Leader OS. There were not many resources out there to systemically help coaches develop their leaders each and every season. In just a few short months, I already have hundreds of coaches who have purchased the Team Leader OSΒ for their teams.

5: Instill Mental Toughness

Championship teams are resilient and handle adversity well.

They are mentally tough.

I wholeheartedly believe that the coach is responsible for developing the mindset of toughness and resilience.

How?

It happens each and every day at practice. It happens through the standards that you keep. The standards that you do things.

How do you teach a mindset of resilience and toughness?

Build it daily.

6:Tailor Training for Peak Performance

This is where practice comes into play.

Once you have all of the other pieces in place, coaches must tailor their practice to win the games within the game.

Details matter.

Coaches must create an environment for their team to achieve at the highest level with a deep focus on the little things that win.

Standards matter. How do you do things?

7: Embrace Continuous Improvement

Finally, a growth mindset or continuous improvement mindset is critical for championship teams.

The coach sets the tone with this.

Is the coach always learning and wanting to grow?

Does the coach create a culture commitment?

We can always improve; this mindset is critical in a championship program.

Summary:

Championships are not won overnight. They are won in the days and hours leading up to the ultimate victory.

Follow these 7 Steps to build a Championship Program.

  1. Set the Vision

  2. Create a Culture of Excellence

  3. Build Strong Team Chemistry

  4. Systemically Develop Team Leaders

  5. Instill Mental Toughness

  6. Tailor Training for Peak Performance

  7. Embrace Continuous Improvement

Good Luck!

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