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Life Lessons From Football, B. Brown, Nike '07

Life Lessons From Football, B. Brown, Nike '07

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Life Lessons from Football
Bruce Brown, Proactive Coachingwww.proactivecoaching.info Nike Coach of the Year Clinic, Portland, OR March 2, 2007Values underlying the presentation:1) Athletic participation should be an opportunity to build character 2) Character building happens only with intentional planning3) It is OK for you to teach values4) Anything we can do to build character gives us a better chance for success in every way,including on the scoreboard5) Choices – leave the athletes the same as they came in, cut them, or invest in them6) Standards, not rules – kids push & test rules; they rise to standards∙The clearer you can make your standards, the better the chances players will rise to them--this involves talking about both sides of each standard, what it
and what it
--for each standard, an athlete is … and a non-athlete is …Traits to teach/develop:
Teachable spirit
– coachable; take correction as a compliment∙have to learn this; it isn’t in-born∙signs of teachable spirit: looks with both eyes & ears; body language and voice say “Thank you” when corrected
– focused attention and focused effort; characteristic of successful people∙don’t have to warm up to practice; engine running right away∙athlete embraces discipline; is disciplined enough to do what’s right even when others arenot watching
– not same as anger or temper; these are emotion out of control
– reliability for 
work that needs to be done∙there when someone trusts you to do something without watching you
Mental toughness
– stay positive, enthusiastic no matter what’s happening∙can’t break their spirit∙love the arena, not the attention∙quick test for mental toughness: how fast do you recover from a mistake?∙players get mental toughness from watching you
– what does a good teammate look like?∙puts needs of team ahead of own needs in every decision∙characteristics of a warrior, according to Lakota Siouxa) did not try to stand out in a band of warriors

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