How Do You Define Success?

Before I start typing about my actual topic, let me clarify one thing: I love winning.  I’m not a “purple ribbons for everyone” guy who tries to devalue winning and the importance of winning.  I grew up with a twin brother (daily competition!), and I played and coached multiple sports.  I played on an 0-10…
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Purposeful Leadership

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a little bit about how kids learn things either by being taught what to do or by being allowed to do what they want to do.  My post was aimed at coaches to point out that the kids on your rosters are doing what they do for a reason.…
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Don’t Lose Your Minds!

Coaches, please don’t lose your minds now that your seasons have finished.  I’m saying this preemptively since this is the time of the year that coaches come the closest to completely freaking out about the season. Last year at about this time, I talked about the significance of winter sports in North Dakota and how…
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Keeping Perspective

**This was originally posted on March 5, 2014.  With the winter tournament season upon us, I thought we could all use a reminder about the importance of the games about to take place!   My intention today was to write a follow post to our department goals, but I felt like heading in a different…
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Quick Fixes Don’t Fix A Thing

I spent the past weekend working as an umpire at a local baseball tournament.  Over the course of the 8 games I worked, I had the opportunity to observe many coaches, parents, and players.  Overall, the atmosphere and attitudes surrounding the tournament were very good: most of the kids and coaches were having fun playing/coaching,…
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