Gratitude For Your Most Challenging Athletes

Challenging athletes are usually the one's who get most of your attention, take most of your time, and drain most of your energy. 

They can leave you exhausted - while whittling away at your passion and inspiration. Just when you think you've got your team moving together in the right direction...another issue surfaces and drama escalates.

(You probably have someone in mind...right? Your blood pressure may be elevating just by reading this...)

Your other athletes sense your frustration. They're most likely fed up with the whole situation too. 

They don't know what to say to you...and they're definitely not sure how to handle their teammate.

This vicious cycle will not only keep your team stuck...it will widen the gap between where you are and where you wanna go.

You didn't sign up for this. You just wanna coach!!!! Is that too much to ask????

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Do you give your team guidelines for locker room talk?

The events from the last week during this political season have been shocking, disturbing, and sad. 

I've heard from several coaches about the challenges of being a coach during these political times of turmoil. 

Coaches want their teams and their locker rooms to be safe places where everyone can feel accepted and included rather than disrespected and excluded.

Yet if team conversations turn to politics and people are on opposing sides, it's hard to imagine how a positive environment can be maintained.

It would be easy to place a ban on political discussions entirely - on or off the field, and in or out of the locker room.

Yet, is that the best approach?

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