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BUILDING LEADERS BUILDING WINNERS
THE FALCON WAY
“LEADERSHIP IS AN ART FORM THAT CAN BE ACHIEVED ONLY THORUGH STUDY, ORGANIZATION, PLANNING, AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE TRAINING. BEFORE WE CAN INFLUENCE THE FACTORS THAT CONTROL OTHERS’ LIVES, WE MUST BE IN CONTROL OF THOSE SAME FACTORS IN OUR OWN LIVES.” --EXCERPT FROM IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE by JOSEPH PACELLI
A CHAMPION’S PLEDGE
1. I strive for perfection. a. Good is not enough. Only through excellence can I achieve greatness. Excellence is contagious. 2. I pay attention to details. a. “Take care of the little things to make big things happen.” Jimmy Johnson b. “No detail is too small—everything is important.” Lou Holtz 3. I constantly try to improve. a. “He who stops being better, stops being good.” Oliver Cromwell b. Always search for a way to get better. c. Success = continuous and never-ending improvement. 4. I give all that I’ve got. a. Giving 100% every day is the surest road to success. b. Have the mindset of EXCELLENCE, accept nothing less—it’s contagious and habit forming.
5. The strength of an organization is based on the strength of the bonds between members of the organization. Any behavior not conducive to the overall well being of the team. Repeated tardiness. 4. Any involvement with illegal substances. TRUST IS A MUST. Any embarrassment to the team by misconduct on campus or in in the community. 2. Any violation of the Honor Code: Never Lie. The above are violations of trust. 1. Never Cheat. The basis of these bonds is TRUST. 3 . and if you can’t trust us—we should quit. Never Steal.VIOLATIONS TO THE TEAM COVENANT Any violation of the covenant of the Team could result in dismissal from the team. 3. 6. Any unexcused absence from practice. and if we can’t trust you—we have to cut you.
When armed with self4 2. AGGRESSIVENESS: 3. 1. RESPONSIBILITY: 5. An athlete must be willing to practice long and hard on skills and conditioning until exhausted. To attain athletic excellence one must be willing to endure and overcome difficult and unpleasant situations if it will improve himself and his team. and never give up on the idea of improving and winning. One must be willing to work out by himself and persevere. An athlete accepts the fact that one must endure physical and mental pain and be willing to play with this pain.CHARACTERISTICS OF A WINNING ATHLETE There are certain characteristics which are essential if one is to become a successful athlete and leader. An athlete must accept responsibility for his performance and actions. One must set and maintain high goals for himself and and his team. even in the face of great difficulty and ridicule from fellow students. An athlete must be willing to make an unprovoked attack upon his opponent. One must be patient and unrelenting in his work habits. An athlete must be aggressive to win! One must make aggressiveness a habit and be willing to use force to attain ones goals. An athlete must be confident and sure of himself and his abilities. This means at times one must accept blame and criticism even when not deserved. DETERMINATION: 4. DRIVE: One must develop a burning desire to win. The following listed characteristics are found not only in successful athletes but also are prevalent in the lives of people who are at the top of their chosen profession. SELF-CONFIDENCE: . One must be able to recognize his own weaknesses and mistakes and accept them for what they are (a learning experience).
PROFIT BY IT. one can handle unexpected situations well. AND THEN TOTALLY DISMISS IT FROM YOUR MIND. 5 . “A PERSON CAN’T BROOD OVER ONE MISTAKE. The newspaper will read “INDIANS WIN” or “INDIANS LOSE. “WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE TEAM HAS TO BE GOOD FOR ME. TODAY I REALIZE THAT ONCE YOU HAVE MADE A MISTAKE. SELFLESSNESS: An athlete must be willing to sublimate ones individuality for that of the team! One must be totally committed to the team and the team’s victory. and be sure of his ability to deal with anything and anyone. OR TAKE ON ANY SORT OF PERSECUTION COMPLEX. An athlete cannot become upset easily or allow ones performance to be affected by ones feelings. A winner does not become easily depressed or frustrated by bad breaks.” Bart Starr—Quarterback—Green Bay Packers 7. OR WASTE TIME FEELING SORRY FOR HIMSELF. EMOTIONAL CONTROL: An athlete must be emotionally stable and realistic about athletics. WE HAD BETTER PLAN ON WINNING TOGETHER. YOU MUST ACCEPT IT. 6.confidence. AND WHAT IS GOOD FOR ME HAS TO BE GOOD FOR THE TEAM!” 8. Remember. One must also have confidence in his teammates and coaches. or mistakes. IF WE PLAN ON WINNING. One must not become easily upset when losing or losing playing badly. MENTAL TOUGHNESS: An athlete must accept strong criticism without feeling hurt. bad calls.” An athlete wins or loses with his team.
and he does not look for ulterior motives behind their words or actions. To be loyal to you in all areas. An athlete must be free of jealous tendencies. 9. and instruction. COACHABILITY: A winning athlete must respect coaches and the coaching process. 10. 6 . One must be receptive to coaches criticism. An athlete must accept people at face value. An athlete only improves when he responds and makes an honest effort to correct mistakes pointed out by the coach. advice.A winner must be able to bounce back quickly after facing adversity. and attempt to get along with teammates. A winner believes what the coach and teammates say.TRUST: YOU CAN TRUST YOUR COACHES 1.
To make all decisions based on what is best for the team. To work you harder than you have ever been worked before. To be totally honest. To help you mature and grow as a man. 10. To help you reach your goals. To provide the leadership and training necessary to achieve our goals. 9. 11. 4. 3. To love and respect you. 6. To assist you in anyway possible. 8. To treat you as a man. now and after you graduate.2. WE COACHES TRUST ATHLETES TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS 7 . 5. and then what is best for the individual. To do everything possible to make this the best place to go to school and play sports. 7.
and friends Be prompt Be courteous Always encourage Be emotional and enthusiastic TYPES OF ATHLETIC LEADERSHIP 8 . teaches. g. teammates. e.ACADEMICALLY ATHLETICALLY SOCIALLY 1. c. 2. k. h. f. We expect you to: a. We expect you to do something worthwhile with your life. b. i. Get an education Give your total effort Make the most of what you have Love your teammates unselfishly Respect your teammates Practice to the best of your ability Be totally honest in all your dealings Be extremely loyal to your school. families. l. d. j. We expect you to have great expectations: ANTICIPATE HAVING: A GREAT DAY! A GREAT PRACTICE! A GREAT SEASON! A GREAT LIFE! 3. coaches.
someone will copy you. LISTENING: 4. Coaches will call on you from time to time to demonstrate drills. It takes courage to pay close attention when you are tired. ACTION: Is you attitude toward work and the manner in which you work. you must speak frankly and be sincere about what you say. Good or bad. You should also do this on your own to help individuals improve themselves.1. You could be one of the most important leaders on our squad by being a good listener and making it clear that you will not condone inattentive actions by other players. This is an area where most athletes fall down. (Practice What You Preach) 2. Is using your skills to show other players how to execute certain techniques. Right now you have a chance to display this by working on your own. Is paying close attention to all times a coach who is talking or demonstrating. You must practice what you say or it becomes obvious you don’t really believe what you say. DEMONSTRATION: 3. However. This is good. VERBAL EXPRESSION: LEADERSHIP GUIDE 9 . Lip service not backed by action on your part is very harmful. There are also players who are not interested and talk to others while an explanation is being made. Is expressing your feelings to others verbally. You must never be embarrassed by being “gung ho”.
“WHAT CAN I DO FOR THIS TEAM”? COMMITMENT 1. We should remember that there are many different ways of exerting leadership. 4. 2. effort. 3. Sincerity and enthusiasm are contagious. HOW TO BE A LEADER The only real requirement you must have is a sincere DESIRE TO BE OF HELP TO YOUR TEAMMATES. The rewards for total commitment do not come instantaneously.There are many people who are capable of offering leadership but don’t because they aren’t sure what to do or how to do it. but the rewards come after a lot of sacrifice. and the real rewards for total commitment will last a lifetime. AREAS OF LEADERSHIP 10 . You will know if you are really committed on decisions you make while all alone. This type effort will have a more harmful effect than helpful. A false effort will immediately be recognized as such. Commitment means to “BIND TOGETHER FOR STRENGTH”. Will cost you. To become a team leader one must be committed to the team. Only counts in tough times. disappointment. It is the glue that allows new seniors to take on important leadership roles and all other ask. and heartache. Regardless of what type of personality you have you can be a leader on our team if you really want to.
Don’t use athletics as an excuse for not making good grades. 2. Your parents will be pleased for you to be an athlete if you do not use practice or athletic activities as an excuse for not doing your share of work at home. not just you. games. be attentive. OFF THE FIELD 1. You are expected to be on time. don’t our athletes in your class to have a negative effect on the classroom environment. COURTESY—be polite to all you come in contact with.The following information is given in order for you to be familiar with the many places your actions and attitude will have a bearing on our team. FAMILY: 4. Points to watch are: DRIVING—abide by all laws. We will hear much more about our worst than our best. be courteous. do not “hot rod”. Take advantage of the opportunity to join the “Fellowship of Christian Athletes”. CLASSROOM: Your intelligence is not a factor in the type leadership you may show in the classroom. Remember your reputation is the same as those you socialize with. Make your parents a part of the thrill of athletics. our worst athlete’s behavior must be good. and make an honest effort in class work. Because you are an athlete. you will be watched more closely by the public than an ordinary student. Therefore. LANGUATE—do not use profanity. Your actions will be the guideline for what people think of athletes. COMMUNITY: 3. and practice sessions. Also. Invite them to attend booster club meetings. You can truly influence the lives of young people if you become active in church work. The things that determine teachers’ and students’ attitudes toward athletes are not based on intelligence. CHURCH: DRESSING ROOM BEHAVIOR 11 .
HELPFULNESS: 4. store equipment. Unnecessary questions or a poor attitude toward a coach’s corrections or criticisms will cost valuable time as well as create dissension on the squad. PUNCTUALITY: 2. PRIDE IN FACILITIES: You must visibly and verbally show that you are proud of our facilities and expect all people using them to take proper care. Be ready to help other players with techniques they do not do well. It is not a place for “horseplay”. 3. Ask for help on weak points before and after practice. The equipment you wear is the best money can buy. Extra effort also means never complaining. CONDUCT: The dressing room is a place to change clothes. No matter how good you are. or at times when you may do so without distracting from a drill. COACHABILITY: Always be on time for the start of practice and drills. Attempt to do exactly as your coach tells you. Make our dressing room a relaxed and pleasant environment. A senior should be the first all of the time. PRACTICE TIME 1.1. shower. EXTRA EFFORT: TRAINING HABITS 12 . Do this before practice. or generally doing a bit more than the minimum. Proper use and care of the equipment will insure the same by our younger players. learning more than one position. after practice. you will never stop improving. and receive treatment for injuries. 2.
CORRECT VIOLATERS: 3. ABSTINENCE: You must never smoke or drink alcoholic beverages. You should report any violator who is guilty of his second violation to the head coach. We cannot have anyone on our squad who will not pay the price of training.1. 2. FAILURE ON THIS POINT OF LEADERSHIP WILL RESULT IN POOR TEAM MORALE FASTER THAN ANY OTHER THING. but you cannot fool yourself or your teammates at all. All rules. regardless of who he is. You may fool the coaches temporarily. It is your responsibility to inform any player violating rules. REPORT TO COACH: 4. TRAINING RULES: GAME PREPARATION 13 . that he must discontinue what he is doing.
Study your scouting report carefully and discuss it with other players. These two days we must prepare our team for physical contact. Although each person prepares himself slightly differently. general team preparation will be as follows: Monday through Wednesday—Mental preparation during this time entails only good practice work and learning your opponents thoroughly. You should know what to expect from the opponent and how to play against him. cut all conversation to a minimum and let each player have those four hours to himself. Thursday through Friday—The practice work is over. Be sure all social activities are off the night before a game. Be critical of your play in films and look of ways to improve yourself. 2. TEAM MEETINGS: Be on time for all meetings. Each player must prepare himself. c. From the pre-game meal until game time. Be serious when talking about the game. Football is a contact sport that relies heavily on morale.1. MENTAL PREPARATION: TEAM MORALE 14 . NEVER miss a meeting. but the following are factors that must be present for this preparation to take place: a. Silence allows you to to think. b.
There are few great players who do not have good back-ups behind them to push them for their position. regardless of how great his ability or potential may be. and encourage them to do their part. Players will be picked by effort and playing to their full capabilities. It will either get better or worse. How well you use this information will determine what type of team we will have this year. Tuesday. As head coach. This means that we will probably have only as good a team as our back-ups. Poor leadership will leave us in the process of starting from scratch again next year. and Wednesday when they don’t have a game on those days. You will either be a player who plays in every game or you will be a back-up. A loafer will never play. Actually. This is a tough job and they must do it well if we are to be well prepared. They have the job of running the opponents plays against the varsity each week on Monday.This is the area where senior leaders make or break us. I can assure you that no first team player will keep his position on the basis of ability to play. Your actions in this area must be right. An occasional pat on the back and a word of thanks will go a long way in making them realize their value to the team. It will not remain the same. This outline should give you an insight into the many factors involved in having a great team. Our Junior Varsity team will be composed of mostly freshmen and sophomores with maybe a few juniors. some of our seniors should talk to them before or after practice as a team. If they are loafing. Morale is a constantly changing thing. good leadership by the seniors this year will pave the way for following years. LEADERSHIP QUALITIES Leaders must possess the following essential qualities: 15 .
LOYALTY COURAGE DESIRE EMOTIONAL STAMINA PHYSICAL STAMINA EMPATHY DECISIVENESS ANTICIPATION TIMING COMPETITIVENESS SELF-CONFIDENCE ACCOUNTABILITY RESPONSIBILITY CREDIBILITY TENACITY DEPENDABILITY STEWARDSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES OF A LEADER 16 .
RESPECT 17 . Leaders must never shed honor. They can not say one thing and do another. and innovation among their subordinates as long as these efforts are consistent with the goals of the team. and sense of justice of the subordinates. Leaders must attach value to high standards of performance and have no tolerance for the uncommitted. and dignity. By their own actions. not their words. Leaders must provide direction to their subordinates. Leaders make great personal sacrifice for the good of the team.Leaders are responsible for establishing the atmosphere in which they lead. Leaders must teach their subordinates that which is expected of them. integrity. do leaders establish the morale. Leaders should never misuse power. Leaders must hold a strong conviction of duty above all other ambitions. Leaders must establish a high spirit of mutual trust among subordinates. Leaders must encourage healthy competition among their people. Leaders can and must influence and control the spirit of their peers. Leaders must encourage creativity. freedom of action. Leaders must understand that the spirit of the law is greater than its letter. Leaders must expect continual improvement in subordinates based on new knowledge and experiences. morality.
Respect has no ethnic. 3. win together. or social barriers. 9. Signs of disrespect have negative influences on a team. 6. 2. A team with respect for one another. optimistic attitude.1. TEAMWORK 18 . Rule of Thumb: No one embarrasses anybody in front of their peers or public ally. not assumed OR DEMANDED. Respect begins with a person having respect for himself. 7. racial. Successful teams are a family of ONE. Respect is an extension of a positive. Make no mistake—football is a team game. 11. One formula for building respect is developed through an an attitude of: PLP = Players Love Players CLP = Coaches Love Players PLC = Players Love Coaches CLC = Coaches Love Coaches 12. Respect for team members breeds togetherness. 10. Respect is a two-way street between players and coaches. 8. 4. 5. RESPECT must be EARNED.
3 Steps to Building Your Best Team 1. and a privilege to be a contributing member of a team. Learn to believe in each other and build personal commitment.” 19 . like. compassion. and then. Learn to care about.TEAMWORK divides the work and doubles the success. a challenge. and caring will inspire everyone to keep pace. lead—in spite of pressures. Feel secure in the group and build a common ground/reference ensuring a successful “Mission Accomplished. faster. we accomplish more. It is the fuel that enables common people to attain uncommon results! Being part of a team. It is a reward. 2. and love each other and build personal involvement. Support. 3. or fatigue. hardships.
Coming Together is a BEGINNING Keeping Together is PROGRESS Working Together is SUCCESS 20 .
Counts the most in the toughest of times. The rewards for Total Commitment do not come instantaneously. respected. It is the glue that allows new seniors to take an important leadership role and all others to ask. Will cost you. disappointment. 2.THE REWARD Personal Satisfaction The reward is to become part of a dynamic. as a player. You belong to a team where you are the difference. Great Involvement = Great Commitment Great Commitment = Great Success 21 . recognized. 3. “What can I do for this team?” COMMITMENT 1. continuously improving team where you. However. but the rewards come after a lot of sacrifice. the real rewards for Total Commitment will last a lifetime. and heartache. effort. challenged. is accepted. and appreciated. You will know—if you’re really committed—on decisions you make while all alone. 4.
Any man of success in any field knows that HARD WORK WORKS. The ability to focus on the task and technique at hand. The team effort is greater than the sum of the individual effort. and be apathetic to any distraction is the sign of a star. Synergy occurs when everyone on the team performs like an ACE. The greater the effort the greater the reward. CONCENTRATION: EFFORT: SYNERGY: 22 . The attitude of “We not me” and enhancing your teammates’ performance are the keys to synergy. The following four areas of focus are completely under our control: AWARENESS: To achieve peak levels of performance you must have awareness of every aspect of your time.THE FOUR ACES To perform at our peak level of efficiency it is imperative that we focus on only what we can control. To focus on anything other than our own personal sphere of influence is a dangerous distraction. Play each play one at a time. Superstars are always focused and never distracted. Never go through the motions—know your assignments.
SYNERGY 1+1=3 WE NOT ME AND EVERYBODY IS THE KEY 23 .
5. 8. More athletes fail through faulty mental attitude than in any other way. Whether you create a winning attitude is entirely up to you. constantly seeks to learn. 6. Attitudes are habits of thinking. Tell yourself constantly that you can do something and you will.What is your attitude TODAY? 24 . 9. An athlete with a good attitude is coachable.ATTITUDE 1. True success depends on teamwork. and the winning attitude puts the good of the team ahead of anything else. 4. 2. He welcomes criticism. Be your own master. Tell yourself you can’t and your subconscious mind will find a way for you not to do it. 10. 3. A desire to win and a desire to prepare to win are important ingredients of a winning attitude. Control your emotions. you must first learn to control yourself from within. Before you can scale the heights of athletic greatness. 7. and avoids criticizing his coach or teammates. The foundation for the proper attitude consists of developing the habit of thinking positive thoughts. You have it within your power to develop the habit of thinking the thoughts that go to make up a winning attitude.
25 . Avoids challenges to protect ego. When it gets tough. CHOKER: Wants to win but doesn’t believe he can. True Winner. MAD MAX: Wants to win but blames everyone else if he doesn’t. JOKER: Wants to win only if it’s easy. he quits.PERFORMANCE LEVELS ACES: The top level performance.
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