It is all about relationships. Work to build relationships with your players.
Play the long game with CULTURE. There are no shortcuts to success. Remember, Culture WINS.
Develop your leaders. Don’t hope or wish for leaders.
After a win, you are never as good as you think. And after a loss, you never played as badly as you thought.
When in doubt, less is more. The earlier you learn this, the better.
As the coach, you are the leader. You MUST lead by example in all you do.
Culture is what you allow and what you emphasize.
Create practices with a purpose.
Do things in groups of 3’s. It is simple and easy to remember.
Energy givers make a team. Reward your energy givers.
Put your players in situations where they can use their strengths. Be great at what you are good at.
Communication is vital. Be clear, concise, and proactive.
Remember, ‘comparison is the thief of joy.’ Don’t compare yourself to others.
Be a lifelong learner. The best coaches are always learning and getting better.
There is no substitute for hard work. As a coach, outwork your coaching colleagues.
Culture is every day. You must think this way. If not, your culture will erode.
Find a supportive spouse. Coaching is challenging and time-consuming. It is essential.
Over-communicate roles for the players on your team.
Remember, leadership is a lifestyle. Be a servant leader.
Do not try to please anyone. It is impossible and will only cause problems.
Be incredibly honest with kids and parents. Do not sugarcoat anything. It gets you in trouble.
Do yourself a favor and be proactively organized. It shows competence.
Celebrate the small wins. Use the game within the game to set goals.
Focus on the process, not the prize.
Always celebrate WE over ME.
Think about your player's mental health. It is more important than ever.
Get to know your parents when their kids are young. These relationships are essential later on.
Enjoy the time with your players. Have fun! The natural highs and lows of coaching are what life is all about. It is hard to match the pure joy that team sports provide!