This post is also found at the Coaches Toolbox, a collection of free resources for coaches of all sports
These two lists were written by Alan Stein
Alan is the Performance Coach at DeMatha High School.
I hope this gives you an idea or two that you can add to what you do or just a different way to present your program’s values to your fellow coaches and to your athletes.
13 Ways to Build Culture
Successful programs have created a palpable culture, sound habits and high standards:
- Program > Team > Athlete
- Players and coaches talk to each other, not at each other. Big difference.
- No one is perfect. Mistakes will happen on and off the field/court. Learn from them.
- Every player and every coach is important to the team and plays a role. Respect that.
- Focus on effort and attitude. Those are the only 2 things we have complete control over.
- You either accept it or you correct it. There is nothing in between.
- Repetition is not viewed as punishment. Repetition is necessary to development.
- Confront issues, not people.
- Goals match behaviors and habits.
- Be on time. It is a sign of respect.
- Discipline = Love
- If you aren’t prepared to put the team first… don’t play.
- Believe or leave…
Being a part of program is not a part time endeavor. It’s something you get to pick and choose. You belong to and represent your program 24-7-365. Act accordingly.
12 Keys to a Winning Program
Please note, when I say winning program – I not referring to W’s & L’s exclusively.
I am referring to a winning culture, developing winning habits and setting winning standards.
Winning is all about commitment.
Every player and every coach must be committed to…
- Academic work. Aim for success in everything you do, not just the stuff you want to do.
- Behavior. Carry yourself in a first class manner at all times. Be respectful.
- Character. Doing the right thing all of the time (not just when someone is watching you).
- The program. No one is bigger than the team and no team is bigger than the program.
- Working hard. There is never an excuse to let someone outwork you. Never.
- Working smart. Work out with efficiency & purpose. Learn how to play the right way.
- Working consistently. Anyone can be good for a day. Work hard/smart every
- Unselfishness. Be a servant leader. Put other’s needs first.
- A winning attitude. Earn confidence through effort and demonstrated performance.
- The team. Commit to your team’s philosophy and system of play.
- Your role. Know it. Embrace it. Take pride it. Fulfill it to the best of your ability.
- Your teammates and coaches. They are your brothers/sisters. You are a family.