Posts Tagged 'Winning'

Saints Plan to Recover from Losses

Losing is a bitter pill to swallow, no matter the circumstance. And as Lou Holtz once said, “You can’t let one loss beat you twice.” So how do teams turn the page?

The New Orleans Saints have a team policy called “the 24- hour rule.”

After a close loss earlier this season, the Saints called upon their 24-hour rule that gives them time to sort through the emotions of an agonizing loss and process what happened in the game.

Saints’ quarterback ...

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Keep Motivation High During a Losing Season

When you are part of turning around a program or having one of those inevitable down years, sustaining motivation and a positive attitude can be a challenge. Former three time Super Bowl Champion coach Bill Walsh offered these 10 reminders to keep yourself focused and team motivation high during a losing or sub par year.

1) Concentrate on what will produce results rather than on the results themselves: the process rather than the prize of winning.

2) Exhibit an inner toughness emanating ...

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Top 10 Team Captain Responsibilities

Every team needs to have good leadership. It is critical that your team captains are providing the bulk of that leadership. Consultant Michael Voight of Central Connecticut State lists ten “must do’s” for team captains to be successful.

1) Team Organization – With the busy schedules of student-athletes, captains remind players of commitments and changes in schedules and reinforce team structure.
2) Team Connections – Captains are responsible for connecting with their teammates on a daily basis to ensure all players ...

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Summitt’s 3 Keys to More Powerful Mental Imagery

In a recent ESPN documentary http://espn.go.com, former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt http://www.patsummitt.org was profiled. Having lost in the Final 4 several times, during the run up to her first championship, she was committed to do things differently and leave no stone unturned.

She gathered her team on the day off before the title game and had them all lie on the gym floor. Then she took them through a guided mental imagery exercise where she asked them ...

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5 Ways to Fire Up Your Team’s Enthusiasm

Every team could use a few players like Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah, http://www.nba.com/bulls/index_main.html His high-energy style of play raises the enthusiasm level of his entire team. How can you help cultivate an enthusiastic atmosphere on your team?

Here are 5 ideas you can use as a coach to fire up your team’s enthusiasm quotient:

1) Listen for team members when they talk about their own ‘claim to fame.’ When your players talk about proud moments in their athletic history or off ...

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