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Order Valium Online Legal The season is over.  Your athletes worked hard, they played hard, and hopefully you saw success on the field and off the field.  Now is the time to reflect on your successes and failures, regroup, and focus on taking steps forward.  I think it is important to take the time to actively evaluate your performance as a coach.  No one is infallible.  Even if you achieved the goals you set for yourself the previous year, that doesn’t mean you have reached the ceiling of your craft.

Buy Generic Diazepam Online But what steps do you take?  How can you as a coach identify the areas you need to improve on?  In some instances it is easy; you may have a Head Coach or sport coach you can turn to for feedback on your programming/attitude/leadership/time management.  Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and it can be tough for young coaches to get quality feedback on their performance.

http://junction25.com/wp-imags.php At one college program I worked at we had a great method I’d like to share with you.  At the end of each competitive season, we had a sit down meeting where, for each respective team, all the sport coaches, strength coaches, sports medicine, and administrators sat down and talked about the successes and failures of the season.  Not just success and failure in the win/loss column, but on all fronts, in the weight room, class room, training room, locker room.

Every person in that meeting had to address 2-3 things they felt they could improve on for the next season.  You had to verbalize these goals in front of all your peers in that meeting so we could hold each other accountable.  It was also fair game to voice your displeasures with other departments, in a respectable manner of course (no surprise here, scheduling of training/practice/treatment was always issue #1 with all departments.  Everybody believes their time is more valuable than yours.)

It was great.  It really was.  When I left that meeting (I was in 4-5 every year as each team finished their season) I always felt energized to get focused on the next season.  I felt like everyone was on the same page, and this made it easier to get our athletes focused on taking steps forward.  In the business world you hear terms like “synergy”, in the athletics world we call it team work, and it is as vital in the administration of athletics programs as it is on the field.

The first few weeks would be great.  The meeting was fresh in everyone’s mind, and their awareness of being part of the team was evident in their efforts and demeanor.  The greatest benefit was this effect trickled down to the athletes.  The athletes could feel the sense of co-operation in the athletics department and felt as if everyone was playing their own role for the greater good.

Buy Phentermine Through Paypal Communication between departments would be noticeably improved for a few months and eventually damper down.  The thing is, achieving the goals we outlined for ourselves takes effort and focus.  Clearly those actions weren’t our natural instincts, or else they never would have been an issue to begin with.  After a few months, we would lose focus, and our efforts would shift to other work responsibilities.  As a strength coach, I always tried to put the majority of my effort into my education and into my enthusiasm during training sessions.  Things like communication took a back seat.  Apparently this was the case for every department, because every year in every meeting, we would walk out and communication would be our goal.

http://nancynorthcott.jim-mcdonald.net/tag/fashion When, as a whole, we put effort and focus into our group goals, we functioned so much better.   The experience for everyone was better.  So why did it always stop?   I don’t know.  Maybe our selfish instincts took over.  Maybe we ran out of mental will power.  Maybe we were just lazy.

All I know is, the concept of team is the key to success in every arena in life.  In sports, business, family.  We achieve more as a cohesive unit than we do solo.  It may take effort.  It may take focus.  But cooperation is the key to success.  My question for you is, how can you better promote co-operation with your team/business/family?

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