I was greatly encouraged by our recent FCA Coach’s Clinic. I appreciated all the coaches who attended and took time to drive to Archbold, and participate in another opportunity to better themselves, SO THAT they can impact the life of a student in a positive manner.
The challenges that a coach may face today is real! Physical, mental, spiritual, relational, personal, work, etc. It’s not easy, and there is no “Easy-Button.” Our Coaching Clinics are meat to help encourage, empower, and equip each coach to make it on their journey as a coach.
Here is my “Top Ten List” for what I learned at our most recent clinic:
1. How will you be remembered? What kind of legacy will you leave? (Noah)
2. Failure teaches us – Failure is fuel. A problem is that our kids (and even the parents) are afraid of failing, so they don’t try, take risks, etc.
3. Belief dictates performance.
4.. Connect and Compliment!
- BUG (Build Up Game – have players partner up at practice and “Bug” each other – compliment each other for practice efforts, personalities, etc.)
- Connect – physical touch is good. Study of NBA teams that were physical with positive touches – Kevin Garnett (MVP) and Boston Celtics (Champions).
- Physical touch raises energy. High five-zone in your school.
5. Self-evaluation, and player evaluation is valuable. (What did I do today that was good? What do I need to work on? etc.)
6. U.R.O.K (You rock & You Are Okay) When it’s good – You Rock! When it’s bad – You are okay. Learn to give yourself credit for doing good. Reinforce good habits/behaviors.
7. What can we control? Attitude, Effort, and Body Language.
8. Study of 50 thoughts running through our mind every minute. How many are negative? Positive? 74% negative. MLB average is .260. Hmmm..
- Change the negative thoughts from 74% to a lower percentage. How? Talk aloud.
- Read Bible verses, quotes aloud.
- Fix your thoughts on godly things – on things above.
9. Do a highlight video, 3-4 minutes of your players doing things the right way. Have them watch those as well, reinforcing that they can succeed.
10. Bully vs. Champion. The bully is the negative thought – the champion is what you are going to say to combat the bully.
- Read I Samuel 17:16 and see how Goliath (Bully) spoke negative things to the Israelites every morning and evening for 40 days! Talk about creating a bad habit! They were defeated before they ever walked on the battlefield. David (Champion) arrived on day 40 and heard Goliath ranting. He couldn’t believe his ears, volunteered to beat the bully, and ran into battle! David wins! Defeat the negative voice!
- You were challenged to say your power statement everyday 400 times, for 7 days.
Those were my top ten for the day. Of course I didn’t even mention “Green light, yellow light, and red light” thinking. Green light you are in the zone, yellow light stop and take a deep breath to refocus, red light take a deep breath and add a physical motion/element to refocus.
We remind our coaches, that we can’t compliment, encourage, or inspire our players alone. WE must be filled with truth, hope, love, peace, and joy – if we expect to pour the same into our team. God’s Word is where I find words of truth and hope. God’s Spirit empowers me. How about you? FCA has resources to daily encourage coaches to grow spiritually. Just let us know how we can help.
Was our clinic to 38 coaches important? Consider this thought; I asked the coaches to tell me how many students they directly work with/coach. That number added to well over 1,000 athletes directly! Let’s multiply that by their parents (1-2) – which gives us 1,500 more. Then toss in those who are indirectly impacted (friends, community, family, etc.), that’s at least another 4,000 minimum! Which means because of Saturday’s clinic, we have the potential to impact 6,500 people this year! If a team is praying after games on the field of play, that number is multiplied even more! Wow!
What did our coaches have to say about this clinic?
“This most recent Coach's clinic was great. I always appreciate the knowledgeable presenter that comes to speak. Rex, you always do a fantastic job of locating people in influential occupations who have a heart for kids and only want to have them succeed, both in sports and in life. Thank you for your commitment to our kids and to FCA!” Shawna Rauch
“Great clinic for coaches of ANY sport. Zach Sorensen shared some great tips for getting the most out of ALL your players and ways we as coaches can improve performance.” Todd Grosjean
“This clinic not only empowers you to think about changes you can make within your program/athletes, but also equips you on how you can take steps to getting changes made.” Jill Holdgreve
“I loved Zach's presentation! I have started using some of his ideas in my kindergarten class and look forward to using them with my softball players in the spring. Control what you can... attitude and effort has always been a favorite line of mine, what a great idea to add body language into that phrase! Zach was energetic and helped me think about the way I address my own daughters after a game.” Amy Hill, Hudson
“The clinic Saturday was outstanding. It was a mix of baseball, coaching tips, leadership info, and a great message to share with the student-athletes we can reach. Zach did a wonderful job of sharing and inspiring!” Best, Chris
The coach’s clinic was great, I am thankful that it was about the mental and spiritual aspects of coaching. It was exactly what I needed to hear. John Rodifer
Zach Sorensen clinic was awesome. He provided great tips to improve athletes' mental game that are simple for coaches to implement and see results the first day. I highly recommend his program and would encourage coaches of all levels to attend his clinics! Kent Hutchison
The Coaches Clinic really opened my eyes to some different ways of coaching and has encouraged me to start reading more spiritual driven leadership books. I've already started reading the book, Lead for God's Sake and it has already moved me to coach and lead with more heart and not as much treasures and hatchets. Joshua D. Radel, Evergreen Girls Varsity Soccer Coach.
Thank you so much for the clinic last weekend. It was so refreshing to sit in a room of not just colleagues and other coaches, but in a room with fellow believers in Jesus Christ. This clinic was so uplifting to me and it reminded me once again why I do what I do. My passion for coaching is not about having the best batting averages or the lowest ERAs. I feel that God has put me in my position to positively impact the lives of my players by helping them to see their potential and to build their self-confidence, which will hopefully carry over into all areas of life. Both you and Zac presented such a positive message that I hope to help spread to others I come in contact with. Thanks again for impacting my life in a short time! Andrea Thiel
The Coaches Clinic was amazing I learned a lot from the speaker who was Zach Sorensen. He had so many good points that I could write a couple paragraphs about it. The highlights for me that I will tell my kids are the stories about the gutter guy and the “UROK” double meaning. Loved that the most. Thanks for the invite to attend. Toby Zimmerman
Zach was a fantastic guest speaker. His passion and examples of positive reinforcements were well thought out and well researched. I will be looking forward to using some of his techniques this spring and in my classroom. Rex, I really enjoyed your question of “What kind of legacy will you leave?”. I have done a lot of reflecting on this, not only with my coaching, but also as a teacher. Just a great job by you and those who helped you!! Jonathan Fether
The clinic was a great way to get ready for the upcoming travel basketball season. After coaching volleyball, I was left feeling drained. A nice refresher with new ideas that will definitely be implemented! Sarah Clark
"The message that Zach Sorensen brought to us coaches in northwest Ohio was very inspiring. A lot of great ideas and inspiration on dealing with the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of helping an athlete become the best he can be." Dick Selgo
With great appreciation, we say "Thanks" to The United Way of Fulton County for helping underwrite this event!