Chase Perfection … 100%

When it comes to effort, 100% is IT…. it is the gold standard…. perfect… perfection… totally and completely spent…. nothing more to give…. everything…

Sorry, but there is no such thing asgiving 110%

The whole concept behind the phrase, the concept that drives this blog, You Can Do More!,  is that most of us don’t approach giving 100%.  When things get tough, physically or mentally, our brain goes into survival mode and we start shutting down and slowing down.  It is our job as coaches to get our athletes (and ourselves!) to ignore that lying brain and start inching closer to that magic 100% mark.

In 1959 during his first meeting with the Packer Quarterback group that included future Hall of Famer, Bart Starr,Coach Vince Lombardi had this to say:

“Gentlemen,  we’re going to relentlessly chase perfection knowing full well we will not catch it, because perfection is not attainable.  But we are going to relentlessly chase it because, in the process, we will catch excellence

lombardi chalk talk

Chase perfection… chase 100%… inch closer to it by doing more… even a little bit more… achieve excellence!

Remember – You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

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Uncharted Territory

This past week I wrote the phrase “Uncharted Territory” on the whiteboard in the weight room.

I had planned on talking to the students about how many of them, after breaking(reaching a new max) are training with more weight than they ever have… and how that can be scary.

I quickly realized 1st hour that the students had no idea what this expression meant… literally or figuratively.

How could they? They are from a generation that has, at their fingertips, via Google Map a “chart” of literally any place on earth… satellite view, street view, hybrid… and turn by turn directions (walk, drive, bus) on how to get there.

uncharted territitoryThe concept of traveling to an unknown destination without a chart (map) and directions is inconceivable to them.

If they didn’t grasp the literal concept of this phrase, then the figurative probably eluded them too.

And I began to wonder….

With so much information at their disposal… with so much of the “literal” territory of their days “charted”… does that make the figurative “uncharted” even scarier?

Does it make the innate “fear of failure” and the negative voice we all have in our heads even louder?

I think that it probably does.

Which makes our job as coaches even more important and challenging.

Motivating young athletes (students) to attempt new and difficult things… teaching them not to fear failure… getting them to expand their comfort zone… inspiring them to understand that They Can Do More.

Ours is an awesome job with awesome responsibilities.

Every year at this point in the season, there are teams entering uncharted territory… teams that are comprised of athletes that have little to no experience making a run this deep in the playoffs…. that are being navigated by skillful coaches.   Notable teams this season…

Hats off to these coaches and programs, and to all the other squads sill playing. I am looking forward to watching the next two weeks of football!

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THE Conundrum

Think about this conundrum

coaching puzzleIf, as a coach, you tell a player that doing (X) will make them perform better (X could be anything… fill in the variable)

And they consistently choose not to do (X)

Then either:

A) they do not believe or trust that what you are saying is true…

OR

B) performing better is really not that important to them

As a coach it is probably a good idea to try to figure out the answer to this question, if reaching this player is important.

If the answer is A) then what can you do to improve the trust factor in that player/ coach relationship?

If the answer is B) then what can you do to make that player’s performance more important to him or her?

Most any coach can reach the high achievers… the ones that are easily motivated… the low hanging fruit.

The really good coach tries to reach ALL of their players… even those tough, hard to reach ones… the ones high up in the tree.

You will not reach them all, but in making a great effort you will reach MORE.

As Vince Lombardi said…

“Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.”

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The Negative “Voice”

There is a big difference between “You Can Do More!” and “You could have done more!”  One is an entreat, a plea to ignore what your brain and body are telling you and push on and persevere.  The other is an admonishment for not doing your best and results in guilt and diminished performance.

brain-powerThe human brain has a way of amplifying the negative. From my experience, both personally and in coaching others, I believe that for most people, the negative “voice” in our head always seems louder and more persistent than the positive one.  We tend to focus on and remember the negative thought more than we do the positive.  I don’t think it is the result of either bad parenting or coaching, but something that is “hard wired” into most of our brains.  As coaches and teachers, that concept is something we need to be aware of.

I was visiting with a student-athlete this week, complimenting him on having a great day at the plate in his baseball game.  His immediate response, the first words out of his mouth, were “yea, but I gave up more runs than I drove in”.  Not “thank you”, not “yeah, man that was FUN!” not “my swing felt good” but, “I could have done more.”  How long had that negative thought been residing in the forefront of his brain, forcing to the back all the good, fun stuff he had done, should be remembering, and should take pride in?

My own brain does this same thing and always has.  I am very competitive… in ALL things.  The site I use for this blog provides up to the minute stats on views, referrers, search terms, etc.  It compiles it daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.  On Wednesday, I had a GREAT day for views on the blog, my best day to date, more than doubling my previous single day high.  DOUBLING!  The next day, the views went down by half – which was still better than my previous one day high!  Instead of rejoicing and thinking things like “this is my best two day total” or “things are really picking up steam this week” or “the readers must have really liked that topic” , the first thought that popped into my head was,  “crap, why did it go down so much?… what happened… I could have done more

A couple of weeks ago a reader (and former player of mine) wrote and asked how he might be able to help his daughter.  She is a very good athlete, participating on the varsity teams in both basketball and soccer as a freshman.  Many athletes would consider that an excellent accomplishment, but she was still lacking confidence.  This lack of confidence was not allowing her to use her full athletic potential, especially in direct competition with the older (more confident) athletes.  My advice, though not earth shaking, and probably not particularly helpful, was to just keep focusing on the positive and make a “big deal” about her playing varsity at a young age.

The mantra “You Can Do More” really is a double edge sword that needs to be wielded carefully.  I do believe an important part of our job as coaches is to get our athletes to do more than what they believe (or their brain is telling them) they can.  I also believe that is an equally important job to acknowledge, praise, and rejoice when our athletes are successful, have given great effort, and have done all that we asked.  They sometimes need to hear your loud positivevoice” in their head to drown out their own (and other) negative “voices” that are often so pervasive.

Questions and Comments are always welcome!

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All Skate

While editing the Hang Snatch video for yesterday’s post (Supplemental Lifts – Hang Snatch) , I was hit by how many sports were represented in my sampling of raw footage.  I threw together another video showing and labeling these athletes and the sport(s) they represent at our school.

In addition, two of the athletes that have been “In the Spotlight” had great weekends competing.  Roy Bay (In the Spotlight- Roy Bay) won the 100m dash in a large invitational meet on Friday, and JT Hayes (In the Spotlight- JT Hayes) hit a 3 run home run in Friday’ victory.

all skate

I feel fortunate teaching and coaching at a school where all the coaches have “bought into” and believe in the benefits of the strength and conditioning program.

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Evaluation of Performance Chart

Evaluation_of_Performance_Chart

Technology and Social Media never ceases to amaze me.  Yesterday via LinkedIn I made a connection with a fellow strength and conditioning/ football coach, Tony Courville.  During a visit to his site, tcstrength.com, I came upon a chart that was very similar to one I used during my stint as head coach at William Jewell College.  Tony’s calls his the Evaluation of Performance Chart.

It is excellent and encompasses, and encapsulates many concepts that we talk to our athletes about daily:

  • Commitment
  • Leadership
  • Consistency
  • Ability
  • Attitude
  • Focus

Tony shared this about his chart and how he uses it:

“I have a large sign of it (the chart) in my weight room and locker room. I print out a copy and laminate it and place it in every football player’s locker and it stays there 24/7/365. They are reminded constantly about what I feel it takes to be a successful athlete.”

Thanks to Coach Courville for allowing me to share this excellent resource for both coaches and student-athletes.

You can download the chart by clicking on the image below.

Evaluation_of_Performance_Chart

You can download an editable version by clicking on the image below or going to this link: Editable Evaluation of Performance Chart

word evaluation chart

 

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Pound for Pound Ratio Data

As was discussed in a previous post (The Workout Card – Motivation and Efficiency) , the workout template that you can download (Mac 4 day or Windows 4 day) has several different calculated data fields on it.  It also has fields to manually enter test results, such as the 40-yard dash, Pro Agility Shuttle, and Vertical Leap.  Each of these fields help to motivate your student-athletes. test resultsThe Total field calculates and shows the student’s total on the 4 Core lifts.  The Power Quotient is a measure of lower body explosion and is calculated by multiplying the square root of the vertical leap by the square root of the athlete’s body weight.  The Lb/Lb field is what we call the Pound for Pound Ratio, and is the Total (total of the 4 Core Lifts) divided by their Body Weight (also a field). It is a rough measure of muscle mass.

I often get asked by students, and have been asked by colleagues “what is a good Pound for Pound number?”  We tell our athletes that for a woman, over 2.00 is good, and over 4.00 is excellent.  The figures we use for our men is over 4.00 is good, and over 6.00 is excellent.

Today I will share some data that I gathered regarding men and women athletes in our Advanced Strength and Conditioning Class. This data represents men and women athletes in all sports (both varsity and sub varsity levels), and all grade levels (9-12).  I only used athletes that are enrolled in the class this semester, which includes many, but not all of our student-athletes.

The male Lb/Lb Ratios ranged from a low of 2.57 to a high of 8.19 (an athlete who I will be featuring in tomorrows post) and included data for 82 student-athletes.  The Average for this group was 4.76 and the Median was 4.59.  Here is a graph showing the distribution of the Lb/ Lb Ratios among the male athletes.

male pound for pound ratio

The female Lb/Lb Ratios ranged from a low of 2.14 to a high of 4.42 (a freshman) and included data for 42 student-athletes.  The Average for this group was 3.20 and the Median was 3.15.  Here is a graph showing the distribution of the Lb/Lb Ratios among the female athletes.

female pound for pound

Using the Lb/Lb ratio can be a great motivator for your student-athletes, especially among the smaller athletes.  In the past we have posted Top 10 lists of our testing results, and our student-athletes probably take more pride in making the Top 10 Lb/Lb list than any other single testing result.  We have found there is a definite correlation between performance on the field and an athletes Lb/ Lb ratio.

Remember, if you want to change the template to include data you want to test your athletes on, it is pretty straightforward.  All you need to do is in Excel, go to Tools—> Protection–> and click Unprotect, and you will be able to change anything on the card.  If you are not proficient or comfortable making a change, just let me know what you would like on the card and I will change the template to show what you want.

Tomorrow I am highlighting a student-athlete in our track program (the one with the Lb/ Lb ratio of 8.19) Roy Bay.

As always, if you have any questions, just leave a comment or email.

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