Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
1. Individuals who don't care about winning.
"I never liked people who talked about themselves all the time, gloat," he says. "If you're accomplished and have done things, people will talk about it for you. I don't think you have to point it out. I'm not judging anybody. That's just the way I am."
"In this day and age, not just in baseball but in sports in general, all people care about is stats, stats, stats," he says. "You've got fantasy this, fantasy that, where you pay attention to stats. But there are ways to win games that you don't get a stat for."
"You either play or you don't play. If you're playing, nobody wants to know what's bothering you. Sometimes it's a built-in excuse for failing."
Jeter wants nothing to do with negative questions from reporters or negative talk from teammates. He once went 0 for 32 and refused to admit he was in a slump. "We weren't allowed to use the word can't—'I can't do this, can't do that,'" Jeter says of his childhood. "My mom would say, 'What? No.' She's always positive. I don't like people always talking about the negative, negative, negative, because once you get caught in that mind-set, it's hard to get out of it."
Winning takes character and intelligence. It is the most important thing you can do because it’s a reaffirmation of your character.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
A workout is 25 percent perspiration and 75 percent determination. Stated another way, it is one part physical exertion and three parts self-discipline. Doing it is easy once you get started.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
"But I want them to have dreams, not expectations. I want them to have goals, not be concerned about what others say. I wanted them to realize from the earliest point that others who have lots to say have nothing invested. We will be successful if we make the investment and ignore the hype. If you have dreams and goals and are committed to them, are working toward them, it becomes easier to block those outside forces.”
“I recruit character as much as I recruit ability,” Williams says. “And if you’ve built a teamof character, they can handle moments that others cannot and they accept coaching on how tomanage pressure.”
“Most elite teams have elite players,” he says. “And when the guy others look up to also happens to be dedicated to constant development, that’s a dream situation.”
Williams used his preseason time with players to reinforce his message and offer his prescription. “I reminded each player that the way you deal with expectations is to focus only on today,” he says. “Yes we have a plan for the entire year, but it all begins with what we are going to do today. If you work to be the best you can be today, you’re preparing yourself to be the best you can be tomorrow. It sounds simple, but it’s not.
“If each of us works every day to be the best we can be on that day and then come back and do the same tomorrow, then we have a better chance of being our very best at year’s end. Will that be enough to win a national championship? That’s hard to say in college basketball today.
“But handling as high expectations as we are gives us our best chance for success.”
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
You've heard of football coaches talk of doing well on “all three sides'' of the ball — offense, defense and special teams.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
the leading scorer. The object of
competing is winning. I just try to do
what has to be done for us
to win. That might be anything at
the time — defense, rebounding,
passing. I get great satisfaction
out of being a team player.”
Head Coach San Francisco 49ers
Friday, September 25, 2009
"Success is an everyday proposition. It isn’t defined by a championship game or the day you get your diploma, get drafted by an NFL team, make the big sale, land the account of a lifetime, or get your law degree. But the key to a successful life is in the journey and the process. It’s that emphasis on the journey to success that we work on each day, step by step.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Pelini describes Suh as "a leader by example." Most everyone describes the standout senior DT that way.
Quiet leadership works just fine, Bo said.
"The best leader I've ever been around is Jerry Rice, and he never said a word -- or very seldom did," said Pelini, an assistant secondary coach for the San Francisco 49ers from 1994-96.
A leader does not always have to lead with his voice, he can lead with his actions.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
If you want to achieve your dream—I mean really do it, not just imagine what it would be like—then grow your team.
When the team you have doesn’t match up to the team of your dreams, then you have only two choices: Give up your dream, or grow up your team.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I am not a golfer, unless you count an occasional game of putt-putt. I'm not even a fan of the game. But I am a fan of excellence, and so the following quotes by golfing great Tiger Woods recently caught my attention:
"I smile at obstacles."
What a novel approach. Most of the time, we cringe, avoid and complain instead. Unfortunately, none of that solves a problem. Often, problems just get worse.
Smiling at obstacles means we know that we're bigger than the problems facing us, because we know we will learn and become stronger and wiser through solving them.Instead of complaining about challenges, we can see them as gifts. Most every problem or challenge comes with a gift in its hands. The gift is what we will learn through solving the problems and facing the challenges.
Several years ago I worked in a drug rehab program for teenagers. Late one evening, as I talked with one of the staff about the crises of the day, I said "You know what, whatever we do in the rest of our careers will have to be easier than this." Scott's response was, "Either that, or this is just preparing us for what's next."
This does not mean that our will is the be all and end all of any given situation, or that our will can get us anything we want. Frankly, if humans are the be all and end all, we are all in big trouble. What this quote means, I believe, is that when we focus our energy on the problems before us, they are in trouble. The ability to understand where you are, look at where you exactly want to go, create a plan to get there, and then work the plan for all you are worth brings incredible rewards.
Focused action can move the mountains in front of you. But too many times we are like the frog in this riddle: "Three frogs were sitting in a pond on a lily pad when one decided to jump off. How many frogs were left?" Most people say two. The correct answer is three, because while the frog may have decided to jump, he did not jump off.
While it's important to decide to do something, focused action is the only way to get the results you want.
I believe most people sleepwalk through life. Just stand outside a large office building on a Monday morning. You'll see people in trances, sleepwalking through their day.
Yet when we bring all our heart to any activity, we come alive and actually have the opportunity to live the way we say we want to.
All of us know folks who brings their whole heart to what they do. Don't you love being around them?
Why not be one of those people yourself?
When we bring our whole heart to a problem or challenge, it is easier to solve, and we just might have fun along the way.
When you bring these three skills to the table, you will notice problems early, solve them easily and grow more than you ever thought you would.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Find out what the other guys do best -- whish is what they
always want to do, especially under pressure in a big game --
take it away from them, and make them do things
that they are uncomfortable with."
From The Education of a Coach
By David Halberstam
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
By doing things when you are too tired, by pushing yourself father than you thought you could -- like running the track after a two-hour practice -- you can become a competitor. Each time you go beyond your perceived limit, you become mentally stronger.
“I’ve always felt you can beat average, mediocre teams in a lot of ways. You can only beat good teams with good, solid basketball. My whole concern with everything we do is how will it work against the best teams — not in most games against most teams but in the biggest games against the best teams.”-Bob Knight
Monday, July 20, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
There are aces, closers, sluggers and Gold Glovers. And then there are the really important people in a ballclub: the glue guys.
Jason Bartlett is a glue guy. Before he joined the Rays last season, Tampa Bay had baseball’s worst record in 2007, due greatly to having the majors’ worst defense. Then Mr. Bartlett came over from the Twins and took over the shortstop position. The Rays’ defense became the best in baseball last season and they reached the World Series.
The winners’ winner? Dennis Cook, a journeyman lefty reliever in the 1990s. Several players whom fans widely regard as winners and glue guys did fare well: Mr. Jeter, the Yankees shortstop, was in the 97th percentile, and David Wells, a noted big-game pitcher in the 1990s and 2000s, was in the 99th. But the presence of the relatively unknown Mr. Cook at the top, Mr. Berry says, proves his point. “Announcers refer to players who just have the will to win,” he says. “The fact that he comes out on top pokes fun at that notion.”
But Mr. Cook does believe in glue. Although he admits he was lucky to bounce from one winner to the next—including the 1996 division-winning Rangers, the 1997 world-champion Marlins and the 2000 National League-winning Mets—Mr. Cook says his teams won in part because they invested in overlooked roles like middle relievers.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
-As soon as you think you have this game figured out it will jump up and beat you down
- Be loose but not lackadazical
Be confident but not arrogant
Be intense but not tight
- Hitting will always be up and down. Pitching and defense must be consistent
-In the first inning it is not that important to score runs, it is more important to make the pitcher throw pitches and show him that you mean business and he is going to have to work hard to get us out
-To win championships you have to have everyone 'locked in'
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
The difference between playing to win and playing not to lose is often the difference between success and mediocrity.
#2 THEY HAVE A WINNING ATTITUDE
Team members believe in themselves, their teammates, and their dream. And they don’t allow negative thinking to derail them.
#3 THEY KEEP IMPROVING
The highest reward for their efforts isn’t what they get from it, but who they become because of it. Team members know intuitively that if they’re through improving, they’re through.
#4 THEY MAKE THEIR TEAMMATES MORE SUCCESSFUL
Winners are empowers. As Charlie Brower says, “Few people are successful unless a lot of other people want them to be.”
From “Teamwork Makes The Dream Work”
by John C. Maxwell
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
* Built in the early 1950's
* Once home to a New York Yankees minor league team
* Natural Grass outfield; FieldTurf infield
* Dimensions (355 Left, 395 Center, 325 Right)
* Building behind the home dugout includes player locker rooms and indoor hitting cages
Sunday, June 14, 2009
WHAT TYPE OF PLAYER ARE YOU?
Take pride in defense!
-Everyone takes responsibility for a bad play
-Team Defense Saying: "Hit it to me and your out!"
-Keep it simple, go get the ball, keep your feet under you
-Anticipate live balls off bats, get good jumps
-What types of balls are hit to your position?
-Play with passion, have fun
"What does it mean if you did?" asked reporter Ken Berger.
"It means nothing because I'll run straight through it."
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
"After 25 years of managing teams, the last 11 with the Yankees, I have learned not to live in the past and dwell on something that failed. I believe anybody who is not afraid to fail is a winner."
"The great UCLA basketball coach John Wooden told me once that you can be prepared and ahve the best talent that there is, but you can't necessarily control the outcome."
"It all comes down to respect. To me, its the golden rule: Treat others as you want to be treated."