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Many coaches spend time in the offseason learning new plays and drills or beginning to strategize what offense or defense they want to run with their teams. An equally important area that is often overlooked is building the team’s culture.
I recently read “The Rowers Code,” a book geared more toward building a successful corporation than an athletic team, but there were valuable lessons that can apply to what coaches do on the field. The author, Marilyn Krichko, uses examples from a team-building activity that incorporates the skills necessary to build a successful rowing team as a platform for building a successful business.
There are seven principles that rowers must adhere to in order to keep their boat moving forward:
Coaching is every bit as much about psychology and motivation as it is about athletic performance. Spending time to develop a team-first culture can pay off two-fold when it comes time to perform on the field. When all of your athletes are in a team-first mind set, the team is greater than the sum of its parts.
What could your team do if everyone was rowing together? How have you seen these concepts at work within your team?
TJ Buchanan is the coaching education content manager at US Lacrosse. Suggest topics for future coaching blog posts in the comments section.
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