Two Ways We All Learn

Thank you for the visit, but I’ve moved!  You can find the post you’re looking for at this link on my new site.

4 Responses

  1. Excellent points Mark. We have lost a few players from our BB program over the past couple of years, mainly because they could not or would not follow our rules and expectations. It may have hurts us a little in the short run, but long term it has made us a stronger program character wise.

    1. highschoolsportsstuff

      Thanks, Mr. P. Even having those kids make the decision to not play is a learning experience for them. They’ve seen, to a small extent, that organizations have different rules and different expectations. Hopefully, it won’t come as a shock to them when they get their first job in the adult world and are handed an employee handbook full of rules and regulations.

  2. Richard Dafoe

    As a cross-country coach, it is rare that I have any behavior issues at meets. There is a different bond between runners. They take the physical challenge to the extreme, trying to beat one another, but competing most profoundly with themselves. There is a comradare and friendship between athletes of opposing teams that I don’t see anywhere else.

    The issues I run into are when the school principal stops me before or after practice to let me know of a phone call he received from a concerned or upset community member who had some interaction with my athletes while they were out running the streets of our town. The behavior described often leads to a gut check on my part, a conversation with the team, and often an apology for setting a poor example. For often the behavior described is something the kids have learned from watching me while running or something I have observed them doing and allowed to go unchecked. For some reason runners are continually picked on by passersby. It is incredible what people will yell from the safety of their cars at complete harmless strangers going about their lonely toil. It is because of this that the us against them negative mentality creeps in during training runs instead of on the field or court or ice.

    Thought there is a shared bond and respect on the day of competition, I still share the same teaching burden as other coaches when it comes to athlete behavior and character. Often, however, I wonder who is learning more, my athletes or me? Seeing our behaviors in those we lead can be one of the sharpest learning tools in the business.

    1. highschoolsportsstuff

      Thank you for the comments, Coach Dafoe. I agree that seeing the behavior of the people we lead can often be a good mirror for our own style of leadership.

Leave a Reply