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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Championship Behaviors For Better Coaching

By Terry Pettit
August 8, 2016

Terry Pettit
Coach Pettit talks to members of his 1995 national championship team (Lincoln Journal Star)

Consider these Championship Behaviors that will make you a better coach this season!

1. Limit the amount of talking you do in practice with the use of key words. If it takes more than two minutes to explain a drill or a behavior you are entertaining yourself and confusing your players.

2. Leave sarcasm at the door. Sarcasm is easy and fun with peers, but it erodes trust when used by an authority figure with the people he is attempting to teach or lead. Even when the person of less power laughs she can feel diminished by the most important person in her development.

3. Every time we ask a player to make an adjustment we are entering into a contract with them that says: If you are willing to be uncomfortable and take this risk as a player, then I am going to limit my feedback to you on this one behavior. It's not productive to ask a player to lengthen the first step on her approach and then observe that she attacked the ball to the wrong zone.

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