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4 Traits Needed for a Championship Team

4 Traits Needed for a Championship Team

By: Mike Herbert

Two decisions, above all others, await every coach. The first is who the program will recruit to play on the team. The second identifies which players will be selected to the starting lineup.

But these decisions have fallen on hard times recently. Coaches have become overly enamored with the athletic index of their players, choosing to embrace flash over discipline when forming a team. Any coach who understands the full picture of building a winning team knows that developing a player’s abilities on the mental side of the game is just as important as honing their physical skills.

When I say the “mental game,” I mean more than just comprehending game strategy. It may be something as simple as having a player understand the importance of offering a few words of support to a teammate who has just shanked a pass or hit a ball out. I call this a “rescue,” and it’s every bit as significant as a kill, block or ace.

To help you achieve this balanced culture with your team, I’ve compiled a list of 4 types of players you’ll need on your roster and listed key traits that you should cultivate in each of them.


5 Ideas to Develop Relentless Competitors

5 Ideas to Develop Relentless Competitors

By: Jeff Janssen

Tired of dealing with too many wimpy, soft, and entitled athletes who don't know what it means to compete?

Former UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun once lamented after a frustrating loss, "I was embarrassed by the way we played, by the way we didn't compete. We did not compete the way we need to compete. Given the schedule we're playing, you need to compete every single night."

Have you too lost games and championships because your athletes didn't compete with the intensity and intelligence you needed them to?

Coaches are becoming increasingly frustrated and disheartened by the lack of competitiveness shown by too many of today's athletes. With the current culture of entitlement that has evolved and overtaken today's youth, many athletes seem to expect that starting positions and championships will simply be handed to them, rather than working hard and fighting for the very limited opportunities that are available.

As Indiana men's basketball coach Tom Crean says, "In our entitlement culture today, young athletes grow up assuming they deserve things without having to work or compete for them. Then, when they enter the competitive arena, and things don't go their way, they blame someone else for their shortcomings. Such players give a team no chance to succeed."

Taken from my new book How to Develop Relentless Competitors, here are five proven strategies used by legendary coaches Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Anson Dorrance, Pete Carroll, and Roy Williams to transform your passive, soft, and entitled athletes into fierce, focused, and relentless Competitors.

1. Look for Competitors when recruiting and assembling your team.

8 Reasons No One Cares You're Tired: Letter From an Olympian

8 Reasons No One Cares You're Tired: Letter From an Olympian

 Positive Performance Training

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Most of us respond to fatigue by getting frustrated and feeling bad for ourselves. We let our fatigue take us out of our game and into a mindset that isn't helpful to us or our team.

Luckily, I have a few tips you can use to help get out of that destructive thought pattern and back to focusing on becoming the best athlete you can be. It may sound harsh, but here are:

8 Reasons no one cares you’re tired

#1: It’s not about you, so get over it.

The fact of the matter is you play a team game, even if it’s an individual sport, and as a teammate one of your jobs is to serve your team, to do whatever it takes to make the team better. Doing so requires selflessness and a commitment every single day you show up.

An Open Letter to my Previous Coaches & Teammates

An Open Letter To My Previous Coaches And Teammates

To the people who have majorly shaped me without me even noticing.


Original post: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/open-letter-to-previous-teammates

As some of you know, I've taken the fast track through high school. This year, I chose to dual enroll full time at Kennesaw State, rather than finishing out my senior year at Kennesaw Mountain. It was not a choice that I took lightly, but in the end it is a choice I do not regret (so far). However, this choice led me to say goodbye to the sport that has been my outlet for almost all of my life.

Volleyball is a sport that I fell in love with at such a young age. I remember my first year of travel season like it was yesterday. I remember being the little girl watching the older girls play, and wondering how they could jump that high and hit the ball that hard. Suddenly, without me even noticing, I'm that older girl. I can jump that high. I can hit the ball as hard as they did. So as you can imagine, quitting this sport has been very difficult for me. I don't regret it, but it has been difficult looking for other outlets, and writing has been as close as I can get to having something like volleyball, which is why I decided to address this open letter to all of you.

Since I am no longer a player, I thought I would express a few things that are much clearer to me now that I'm a spectator.

It's the oldest line in the book, and some days you may shake your head and wonder why you're in the gym, but do not take your sport for granted. I know there are some days when you walk in the gym and you're just not feeling it, so you go through the motions and do whatever it takes to get you through practice, but don't take for granted the fact that you have something to push yourself through. You won't have volleyball for the rest of your life. Walking into the gym should be like taking a fresh breath of air.

What Will Your Teammates Remember About You 10 Years From Now?

Sarah Pavan

Pro Volleyball Player and Beach Volleyball Olympian

What Will Your Teammates Remember About You 

10 Years From Now?

February 27, 2017

Original Post: http://sarahpavan.com/will-teammates-remember-10-years/


 “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
~ Maya Angelou


When I was a young athlete, I was not a good teammate. I know I was a good kid; I was kind and respectful, I worked hard, and I was inclusive, but when I stepped onto the court or field, the only thing I cared about was winning. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that; I wish more kids had a never-say-die attitude on the court. My problem was that my extreme competitive nature manifested itself as being very aggressive and sometimes hurtful in my on-court interactions with my teammates.

I had good intentions; my objective was always to inspire my teammates to perform and to encourage them to believe in themselves. Being so young, though, and having never been guided in the proper way to do these things, my words probably had the opposite effect. As I matured, and was exposed to different ways of thinking, I learned how to get the most out of my teammates without getting in their faces and leaving them feeling sad.

5 Tips To Balance Volleyball And School This Season

5 Tips To Balance Volleyball And School This Season​


By Kelli LeGrande |     Sept. 11, 2015, 2 p.m. (ET)

The 6 Critical Qualities of the World's Best Captains


by Jeff Janssen, Janssen Sports Leadership Center

What do the world’s best captains and team leaders all have in common?

Being privileged to work with tens of thousands of the very best captains at our comprehensive Leadership Academies across the world, we get a very special, in-depth view into what makes them tick and what makes them so successful.

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

-from http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2013/11/18/mentally-strong-people-the-13-things-they-avoid/#66cb19fc3934

Editors’ Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here and Cheryl Conner has interviewed Amy in a Forbes video chat about this article here.

For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.”

However, we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do. Over the weekend, I was impressed by this list compiled by Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker,  that she shared in LifeHack. It impressed me enough I’d also like to share her list here along with my thoughts on how each of these items is particularly applicable to entrepreneurs.

1.    Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves. You don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. When a situation turns out badly, they respond with phrases such as “Oh, well.” Or perhaps simply, “Next!”

2. Give Away Their Power. Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad. They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.

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