"My best skill was that I was coachable. I was a sponge, and aggressive to learn." -Michael Jordan
Project Triple Threat - Drew Dawson
Arguably the greatest gift you can give the youngsters you coach is an unwavering enthusiasm directed at grooming a mindset that obsesses the process of improvement. However, this mindset -- an approach obsessed with getting better each day and in every way -- is a grind for any coach or staff, especially when its development is focused across an entire roster or program. That said, an acronym we use here at Project Triple Threat to simplify this concept of instilling a process-driven mindset is SCOPE.
Find an explanation of the acronym below:
Skill: 1) Work tirelessly to build upon an existing skillset; 2) Cultivate new skills related to the task at hand and overall focus. 3) Strike a successful interplay of established and newly acquired skills. In other words, maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses. Work on weaknesses, but always put more emphasis on maximizing an individual or group's strengths. This is the most efficient way to build confidence.
Confidence: As players (the team) become increasingly skillful, confidence levels improve exponentially.
Opportunity: A confidently-skillful team increases the odds of operating with poise, which is conducive to creating new opportunities and levels of collective execution. We tell our older players embarking on the recruiting process: "if we play together, we will win together and if we win together, we will be recruited together."
Passion: With more opportunity comes an increased chance of real innovation; subsequently, finding that true passion or "fit." This can manifest in different ways -- type of role you play on a team, squad's ethos, a student-athlete's college decision, etc.
Enthusiasm: A former colleague of mine would always say, “at the end of the day, it’s about the energy you bring!" You can have all the talent, skill, confidence, etc. in the world; however, without enthusiasm and a willingness to go the extra mile, separating yourself from the pack becomes increasingly difficult.