MGoBoard, please recommend your favorite text on the topic of coaching/leadership philosophies. I volunteer coach youth (ages 5-7) sports and would like to instill a few ideals of growth, competition, sportmanship, etc. This is difficult if you yourself have a lot to learn on the subject! I could see recommendations in a few areas:
- Simplified stories for youths to read that demonstrate leadership, etc
- Reading for adults on the topic of teaching youth about leadership, competition, etc.
- General reading for adults on philosphies of leadership, competition, etc.
[EDIT - and here is a mostly compiled list. I am going to start with the first two books
- Brian McKormick's 'The 21st Century Basketball Practice'
- Inch and MIles was written for children and written BY John Wooden
- "The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership" by Bill Walsh
- Work Rules' by Laszlo Bock (HR VP at Google
- Matt Christopher books
- The Power of Negative Thinking - Bob Knight
- "Knight" by Bobby Knight.
- "Tribal Leadership"
- "Wooden: A lifetime of observation and reflections on and off the court"
- Quiet Strength - Tony Dungy
- Blue Book and 'The Inner Game of Tennis' by John Wooden
- Managing Magnetball
- "Competitive Leadership: Twelve Principles for Success" By Brian Billick.
- "The Education of a Coach".
- "A Season of Life" by Jeffrey Marx
- The Basketball Philosophy of Pete Carril
So after 10 games, I think its finally time for me to pose the question to MGoWorld, is animosity between a teams offense and defense a good thing or a bad thing?
My boy from HS is a manager and my roomates GF is a trainer, they both say that our offense and defense HATE each other, especially in practice. I can imagine the offense not enjoying the D allowing points every drive and 400 yds a game, but from what I've heard the D hates the offense more. Now I've never played organized football but is this normal? Is it an overall detriment to a team's chemistry? Is this due to Rich Rod's style of letting the DC do all the defensive coaching? I'm curious what you guys all think.
*EDIT: This is not something new that has been happening only since our recent losses. This has been happening since the beginning of camp.
Cool article from Andy Katz on Beilein and his obsessive methods to coaching:
I love that we're back on the national scene again...can't wait for this season.
Sorry if this is a bit long. Hope it's worth the read.
Somewhere nearing the end of my 27 hour trip home from Korea Thursday I emerged from semi-consciousness to hear the man seated behind me (waiting for the same flight to DTW from Newark) cursing tOSU and railing on how much they suck. I turned to notice that this man was garbed entirely in MSU gear. Cap one shirt. Cap One Bowl Ring. MSU bag. Leather Belt with little gold metal S's going all the way around. Together it all looked ridiculous. So, there's no way he could be anything other than a football coach. The pilot/tOSU fan he was cursing noted that he should probably turn his attention to me (I was in a Michigan hoodie) which he did. After he talked some trash we actually settled into something resembling conversation. Things of note:
-Rich Rodriguez is an idiot
-No way we can win with a true freshman QB (Henne's success was apparently due to the running game in 04)
-Our system puts too much pressure on a freshman for him to be successful
-We lacked a vertical passing game last year, and it killed our offense
-Recruiting is going really well for them, and they're looking forward to getting all the freshman in soon
Those are specific talking points, but the in the broader sense I got the feeling that he really expects us to be just as bad this year. Maybe it's part of the coaches persona to be proud, outspoken, and infinitely confident in his own guys, I don't know. But we were talking specifically about Michigan, and the complete lack of respect struck me as odd. While State fans aren't above low digs, I think most of them admit that it won't be long until we're back in the chase. And I feel like most coaches are even more safe about how they speak of opponents. I wish I had been less travel delirious and able to ask more in-depth questions, but that's all I was able to really get.
So, do you think this is specific to this coach, or might we have the opportunity to surprise several coaching staffs this year? And will the oft referenced "pride before the fall" now be on the other foot? How might the psychology of playing as an underdog (even in the minds of other coaches) affect us this year?
To be sure he seemed like a nice enough guy, intense and confident (bordering on arrogant), but nice:
Forgive me, for I am an engineer. As a result, I am not only unable to refrain from math analogies, but that I also believe in cause and effect relationships. I don't think I'm alone here, as I've heard too many "if only we would have done X/Y/Z" arguments on this site to count. Everyone is aware there are a slew of factors that go into football success, including (but not limited to): scheme, technique, (personnel) execution. While I do think it's generally accepted that an increase in any single factor almost always results in positive total outcome, it is my personal belief that the net outcome is an uninvertable function. Unlike scientific experiments, we never get to replay football games to determine how a change in coaching/scheme/execution could have affected the total outcome. As such, no one positively knows exactly what factors are affecting the outcome, and how much impact they have.
People have spent years trying to work around this; some very successfully. The whole value in having 'experience' in a skill is the ability to ascertain what factors might be affecting the outcome when the information is limited. This is exactly why doctors are paid more than residents, senior electricians are paid more than journeyman, and so on.
With that said, I'd like to ask everyone who has suggested that "if only we would have done X/Y/Z" what makes you so sure that you've identified not only the most significant factor affecting our outcome, but how are you sure that your suggested change would have had enough effect to change the outcome? In reality, this is a hypothetical question, as we can't go back and replay games to be sure, but I think it's still a question worth asking yourself. Along those same lines, what makes you think that you have a greater ability to identify these factors than our current coaching staff? Are you suggesting you have more experience than our current coaches, or perhaps you were born with a God given talent for coaching football, but just decided you'd rather work in sales, health care, or whatever the hell you do? While I'll always acknowledge your argument that "Coach X produced better results than Coach Y", suggesting you know more about football than our current staff (or any NCAA staff for that matter) just makes you look like a fool.