March 29, 2016
Scott Rosberg has been a coach (basketball, soccer, & football) at the high school level for 30 years, an English teacher for 18 years, and an athletic director for 12 years. He has published seven booklets on coaching and youth/school athletics, two books of inspirational messages and quotes for seniors and graduates, and a newsletter for athletic directors and coaches. He also speaks to schools, teams, and businesses on a variety of team-building, leadership, and coaching topics. Scott has a blog and a variety of other materials about coaching and athletic topics on his website.
Scott is also a member of the Proactive Coaching speaking team. Proactive Coaching is dedicated to helping organizations create character and education-based team cultures, while providing a blueprint for team leadership. They help develop confident, tough-minded, fearless competitors and train coaches and leaders for excellence and significance.
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‘Look what you’ve become!’
‘You get what you reward, and it perpetuates itself’
My Cringe Moments
- Using bad language when coaching
- Once, when mad in practice, Scott yelled ‘There is nothing fun about this!’ – in retrospect he realizes the irony of that statement, considering the #1 reason kids play sports is to have fun.
- Another practice Scott once had them do conditioning during a lightning storm
My ‘Ah-Ha’ Moments
- Learning from Proactive Coaching about creating a culture. 75+% of teams let their culture happen ‘by accident.’ Instead – create Core Covenants – that are the standards for what your team is going to be. Involve the captains when creating these. Check out Proactive Coaching’s guide to creating Core Covanants: First Steps to Building Successful Teams
- From a parenting point of view – Kids least favorite part of sports is the post-game analysis from their parents on the ride home from games
- From a coaching point of view – Are your post-game talks too long? Are you over-analzing the game in your post-game talk?
Mental Toughness/Achieving Peak Performance
- ‘This is a relationship business.’ How do I react when one of my players makes a mistake? The 3 C’s of Trust:
- ‘Focus on the process not the outcome.’ When Lebron James was struggling with free throws a few years ago- he went to a shooting coach, and the coach asked him what he was thinking about when he went to the line. Lebron said he thought about making it. The coach said- ‘Don’t think about making it, think about your process.’
- The key to confidence is preparation
- Create a mistake-recovery ritual
- Use these words: ‘Look what you’ve become!’ or ‘Look what you were able to figure out’ – instead of taking any credit yourself
Culture – Discipline/Rewards/Teambuilding
- Have standards not rules. Kids can rise to standards.
- Discipline is focused attention and focused effort
- ‘You get what you reward, and it perpetuates itself’
- Positive Conditioning – The winners get to run!
- You have to put all your attention/effort into recognizing the kids who are earning the right to run.
- For poor effort: ‘You guys just lost your chance to become better. You lost your chance to condition.’
- Year-end Award Banquet – Instead of MVP – reward the MVT – Most Valuable Teammate. Or even better – have 6 awards: Most Improved, one for each of your 4 core covenants, and one for who best exemplified all 4 core covenants. And the same kid can earn multiple awards.
Favorite coaching book/quote
- ‘Success is a peace of mind that is the direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.’ – John Wooden
Coach With Character
- Senior Salute booklet – great $5 gift for you players in the post-season award banquet – includes a place inside the front cover to write a personal note
- Website has blog, booklets: coachwithcharacter.com
- ‘We’re here to try to provide kids the opportunity to have a positive athletic experience’