Providing clear standards and expectations is a gift that coaches can offer. The comfort that comes from knowing what’s likely to happen, and what will happen after that, is real.
An important part of well defined standards is “what it doesn’t look like”.
If the downside outcome is achieved the real or imagined booooo you hear is the same voice that says, “I know you’ve got this!”.
Get back after it knowing your people are in your corner and will be behind you no matter what.
Also a local Rule, but this can apply to any colors. You may think they won’t look good together, or that it will be “too much”, but if it’s a good thing there’s no such thing.
Go hard, be daring. Paint yourself with pride in your colors.
This is a local rule. However the concept applies to anywhere.
Simply because something won’t hurt or someone isn’t doing something “wrong”, doesn’t mean we should continue doing it that way.
You likely won’t even know a snake is in the storage shed, but…
“I got it, you take it,” the pitcher and third baseman say to each other. How often does that happen?
See Rule #8 and see if streamlining your bunt defense might be of benefit.
This simple rule seems to speak for itself.
If you know who you mean or intend to say, or the action or emotion you’re having, and it’s non-controversial, saying it is easy.
Often times our intentions are not clear, and our talk might me misleading or confusing. Clarify with yourself first.
This rule requires us to know what we mean, often the more challenging part of the equation.
Results, not reasons. Again.
This is not a results > process statement, it’s simply to say that when things go your way, when you get a result you were hoping or working hard for…the pain of the process is dulled by the joy of the outcome.
At least for a little while.
The one you see all the way, square up and crush. The crowd oohs and ahhs…and you don’t even leave the box.
Sure, you watch it. Here’s to no one getting hurt or breaking a car window.
You feel good because it felt solid, but it likely wasn’t a strike anyway…
There’s no shame, but it’s not as good as it feels.
Results, not reasons.
Most complexities are compiled of sets of simple things.
Simple. Not easy.
If your team knows where and who gets the ball, all your bases and covered and has an understanding of the need for backing up the current priorities, things will go well.
The doing is important, and the planning and understanding is critical, too.
A team that’s confident in their ball, base, backup plan–one that has run the drills over and over until the play is sharp and the communication is on point–is the one that will be able to deal with derailments with aplomb.
Being ready when things go wrong is a key to having them go right.
Oh yeah, everyone thinks that’s the right thing to do.
Everyone says it’s true.
I’ll get everyone together and we’ll get it done.
Is “everyone” really all of the people? Who’s important, and who is optional to be in the group of everyone?
If you need everyone on board you better be sure that everyone knows what’s happening. And if you don’t need everyone then just ask the people who are crucial.
Look at the littlest things when things are not going well.
What small components need a tweak?
Start with the little things. It’s easier and more effective than dismantling the big things only to find that it’s the little things that needed the work in the first place.