Creating Your Team Philosophy

Philosophy
Attitude Way of life Belief Ideas Values Thinking Perspective

MOTTOS ARE THE CORE OF INSPIRATION
‡ ³JUST DO IT´ Nike ‡ ³What can Brown do for you?´ UPS ‡ ³The Real Thing.´ Coke Cola ‡ ³Life is an adventure« Enjoy the ride´ Nissan ‡ ³Semper Fidelis´ USMC

Mottos are simply catch phrases designed to trigger thought towards an organization¶s mission.

Who inspires you?
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‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Commitment Truth Excellence Results Passion Habit Mental Toughness Discipline

IT STARTS WITH YOU!
‡ Our beliefs and actions will feed or starve those we are trying to teach. Parents, players, and coaches should know who you are and what you believe. No one will follow the footsteps of uncertainty or chaos. ‡ We will discuss and share the following: Coaches/Parents/Players Philosophy Team Philosophy Offensive Philosophy Defensive Philosophy Special Teams Philosophy Position Philosophy

COACH/STAFF PHILOSOPHY 
Risk Management Share adverse scenarios that may require difficult action & decisions.  Safety Always ensure the safety of your players.  Perspective Don¶t ever forget your role as a coach!!! What you say & how we react, will always be remembered. Be the one that everyone wants to emulate.  Zero Tolerance Respect referees, parents, players, fans and your opponents. Deviate and your done!  Have Fun! If your not having fun and in this only for your kid« QUIT!!! You are a time bomb and will destroy innocent kids around you!!!

PLAYER PHILOSOPHY 
Player Approach Be consistent, firm, fair and teach with love.  Player Expectations & Conduct Home & School First. Football is a privilege!  Play Time 1. Attitude 2. Effort 3. Knowledge 4. Skill

PARENT COMMUNICATION PHILOSOPHY 
Establishing clear expectations coupled by a pro active approach with parents. Clearly define your program boundaries. Define appropriate/inappropriate topics to discuss with the staff. Communicate your views for parent/player/coach conduct & discipline during practices & games. Encourage parents to volunteer within their ability.

JAYHAWK TEAM PHILOSOPHY

³POP´
PRIDE OPPORTUNITY PERSPERCTIVE

PRIDE
‡ There are 2 aspects of pride. There is false pride and true pride. False pride is when a person consistently cheats his true potential. ‡ True pride is illustrated by the person that ALWAYS gives 100% effort. It is that perseverance within oneself that breeds confidence. Confidence is contagious. Do not cheat yourself, your family, or your team. The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender!

OPPORTUNITY
‡ It is important to realize that when an opportunity presents itself that you must take action! When you fear or ignore opportunity, the door will close, and you will have denied yourself success. ‡ If it¶s a great block or tackle on the field, studying to ace a test, or tell your parents you love them« Never let the door close! ‡ Whether you create or you are given an opportunity, you have a chance. With a chance there are possibilities. With possibilities you have hope. With hope, you can dream. ‡ DON¶T EVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!

PERSPECTIVE
‡ There are many things in life we can and cannot control. We must accept the things we cannot change« ‡ We must have the courage to change the things we can« ‡ It is our wisdom to know the difference that gives a person peace of mind. Even in great attempts« It can be glorious to fail.

GAME PHILOSOPHY
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Are you defense or offense minded? Will mainly run, pass, or balance your attack. What is your base defense and why? Will your defense be able to adjust to any offense during a game? ‡ What are the basic goals for the defense? ‡ Will special teams play into your strategy? ‡ Is your philosophy boring, effective, complex, or fun?

JAYHAWK OFFENSE PHILOSOPHY ³SKILL ± WILL - & SCORE´
‡ Run the ball to defend the clock. ‡ We will implement the element of surprise through the air, misdirection and counter plays in an effort to keep the defense guessing. ‡ Effectively read the defense and expose their weakness. We want to: ATTACK THEIR WEAK POSITIONS. ‡ We want 3 offensive scores and 300+ yards per game!

O-LINE
³WE WORK THE HARDEST, WE GET NO GLORY, BUT WE ARE, THE REASON!´ Objective:
‡ We must win the battle at the line of scrimmage. ‡ Controlled aggression is the key to mentally out witting the defense. ‡ We will have an effective run game via the wishbone or I formation. ‡ 4 yards + 3 downs = first downs. ‡ If we control the LOS, we can control the clock. No other unit on the team will put forth more unconditional effort!!!

BACKS & RECEIVERS
³SKILL & SCORE!´ OBJECTIVE: ‡ The abilities of our ³skill personnel´ will ultimately dictate the playbook. ‡ The goal of the ³skill positions´ is to ride the back of the O-Line and run the ball first. ‡ Skill players must seize every opportunity to advance the ball with maximum effort. Failure to do so is failing the boys up front in the trenches.

JAYHAWK DEFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY
DEFENSIVE FOUNDATION & PRINCIPLES F orget the Past O ut Work our Opponent C ommitment U tilize our Abilities S eek Personnel Bests

Main Objectives for Jayhawks Defense
1. ³Mental Toughness´ Do all the little things right all the time. ³When your body says no ± your heart says, ³Go!´ 2. ³Intensity´ Practice and Play at a high level of enthusiasm and competitiveness ± Push each other!!! All out effort ± All the time ± 150% of every minute 3. ³Unity´ ± Coaches and Players Always ³Us´ and ³We´ not ³I´ and ³Me.´ Make being on the TEAM the greatest experience of your athletic life.

DEFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY CONT«
Things We Must Do to Win 1. Win the turnover margin - Plus 3 Turnovers -- Fumbles, Interceptions, Sacks, Penalties 2. Must Hold Rushing Game to 100 Yards or Less. 3. Score Points on Defense 4. Must Provide Field Position ± ³To Offense.´

DEFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY CONT«
5. Must be PHYSICAL!!! GANG TACKLE!!!!!! ± All players must be within 5 Yards at completion of EVERY Play!!!! [Pursuit Drill!!!] ± Play AGGRESSIVE«Our Toughness will impact the Opponents Will to Succeed. 6. We Must Play INTELLIGENT!!! ± First«All Players Must Study and Understand the Defensive Acronyms and Terminology. ± Second«All Players Must ALWAYS Play Fundamentally Sound. Know your Reads and Responsibilities. 7. Trust Your Coaches!!! ± Their Effort in Preparing YOU Will Equate to Success on the Field.

SPECIAL TEAMS ³Best of the Best´ 
The team that executes a great play on special teams wins 90% of the time at any level!  Most teams overlook this aspect of the game and miss out on momentum and other opportunities.  Playing on Special Teams should be an honor earned through effort and skill.

JAYHAWK SPECIAL TEAMS PHILOSOPHY 
Create opportunities to score. 

Create opportunities to regain possession for the offense.  Create opportunities to improve field position.  We want 1 long return or score & 1 turnover per game.  We mingle our best, most physically & fundamentally sound athletes to achieve our goals.

STAY THE COURSE WITHIN«

ALWAYS BE TRUE TO WHAT YOU BELIEVE

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Closing Thoughts on Philosophy
The mark of a coach can last on a child for a lifetime. We are a rare and fortunate breed. Coaching is a hobby for most in other sports. Football is our passion. While we can always count on the presence of criticism, we have this fraternity that only few people will ever know. Someday, a young man will look up into the bleachers and say ³Thanks Coach´ with a wink of his eye. That my friends is the treasure of selfless love. ³The Journey is the Reward´
Mike Holmgren

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