- Earn respect.
- Offer praise when it’s deserved.
- Never criticize someone who is competing but overmatched.
- Go for brains over brawn.
- Be flexible.
- Make decisions with authority.
- Drill them until they have it down cold.
- Stress the little things to build a strong system.
- Pinpoint and assign responsibility.
- Be friendly with players but not overly familiar.
- Be demanding.
- Compete against the best.
- Remember, a loss can be a great teacher.
- Insist that self-esteem be earned.
- Go for quality of practice over duration.
- Be organized.
- Control what you can and don’t worry about what you can’t.
- Don’t make excuses. Take responsibility.
- Don’t use one kid to make an example for another.
- Always have a positive attitude.
- Be efficient and precise.
- Use tradition as a teaching tool.
- Live by these rules—humility; dignity; ask no favors & give no favors.
- Be proud to be on the team and remember the team always comes first.
—Compliments of Florida State Basketball
Coach Yourself: A Motivational Guide For Coaches And Leaders
About This Book
Coach Yourself is a unique book, compiled exclusively for coaches to provide you with physical, mental and spiritual motivation throughout the season. In his follow-up to A Season In Words, veteran coach Dan Spainhour arms you with quotes and motivational ideas to help you achieve peace of mind throughout the season from how to stay motivated to handling critics.