As coaches, we need to train athletes about our clear and reasonable expectations and, today it requires a little more patience and a lot more individual time to educate these concepts. There just isn't a lot in culture right now that fosters the type of player we need to be to help a team succeed.If my players aren't leading..... am I training them how to?
And these aren't taught by lectures, they have to be framed and modeled throughout the program.
I developed a list a few years ago that tried to strike a comparison/contrast as another way of picturing the type of team we are trying to be.
Now, to use the term "Make Me Proud" or "Disappointing" does not work if I am not developing the type of relationship where that even matters.
What keeps this from merely being a weight-room sign or meaningless sloganeering?
Standing up and fighting for them.... makes them proud
Spending time with them to hang out.... makes them proud
Knowing a lot about them- family, girlfriend, interests.... makes them proud
Not mocking or demeaning them in front of their peers... makes them proud
And I think each coach always needs to ask a simple question...
What am I demanding in my life that is comparable to what I am demanding in theirs?