Several times over the past week I have had individual discussions with coaches, coaches of teams in our club of varying ages and levels. Because I'm curious I've been asking them about the "feel" of their team. Or in other words, do the kids seem happy? Are they enjoying the game? Is the vibe of the group more or less "positive"? The answers are important because if we are to continue striving to achieve our mission, to be the best club in the country, we need to be in pursuit of those "10, 000 experiences" (a reference to our annual beginning of the year coaches meeting) for our players and their families. I recently saw a passage from Jon Gordon on what "positive" can do within a team or for a team; "Positive teams will take on any battle, face adversity, and will always try to keep moving forward. They communicate, connect, commit, and encourage each other. They build relationships and trust that makes them stronger."
It's a great time of the year to connect with different individuals in your teams to find out how they feel the start of the season is going. Be determined to build a positive environment for the kids to have fun, compete, and grow as student-athletes. For those who are interested in reading more about the power of positive and "positive culture", here's one that was passed on to me this week from a parent in the club. Happy reading and good luck this week!