"My best skill was that I was coachable. I was a sponge, and aggressive to learn." -Michael Jordan
Project Triple Threat - Staff Writer
We recently came across an interesting acronym, as a way to describe the development of your team culture. It's referred to as S.M.A.R.T., and was coined by Sue Phillips, head women's coach at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, CA. Here's a closer look:
Steady. An effective team culture should foster positive interactions among players and coaches that ultimately strengthens all relationships while building individual confidence.
Model. Coaches should work to model a positive culture through shared responsibilities, mutual respect and ownership for the program.
All-Inclusive. Coaches and players should take the necessary steps to ensure that every team member feels equally valued. Players' roles are clearly defined and explicitly communicated. Each player's contribution matters!
Respect. Simply, respect for one's self, each other and opponents is consistently emphasized and executed.
Tradition. Athletes must feel the coaches' daily commitment and realize the importance of playing for each other, and the program they represent.