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The Bench Cam with @UFGatorSoccer

The first question says it all – “Who likes being subbed out of the game?” In this great social experiment,  Coach Becky Burleigh talks about putting a camera on her bench to watch the body language of both the players and coaches.  

Trust Builders with @UFGatorSoccer

Coach Becky Burleigh is back with part 2 from her talk in 2015 at What Drives Winning. Players and coaches have to trust each other.  Coach Burleigh shares the different ways that she helped the Gators build team and trust.

Fear and Failure

The Green Dot

Body Language on and off of the court

Body Language on and off of the court

In a recent post game press conference, University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma shared his philosophy on body language.   It’s a great lesson that all young athletes and their parents should hear.  The video is embedded below, but here are a few highlights. “We put a huge premium on body language, and if your body language is bad, you will never get in the game ...[Read More]

The Will to Win

Lombardi

The Will to Win by Vince Lombardi “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.  There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that’s first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, ...[Read More]

Chris Greicius – and the first ever wish

roads

I am an avid podcast listener.  A few months back, I found out that I had been missing out on The Tim Ferriss Show.  In episode #225: John Crowley – The Real-Life Captain America and Bruce Banner (Seriously) Tim interviews John Crowley, the Chairman and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics.  While this interview is so amazing on so many levels – one story caught my attention.  The story of Chris ...[Read More]

Reaching Escape Velocity – Andrew Crawford

Reaching Escape Velocity – Andrew Crawford

I implore you to start matching your work ethic and your actions to your mouth.

Dream Big

Dream Big

DREAM BIG If there were ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now. Not for any grand cause, necessarily — but for something that tugs at your heart something that’s your dream. You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch. Dream big. Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy. There will be g ...[Read More]

A meditation to increase empathy

A meditation to increase empathy

“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own – not of the same blood and birth, but the same m ...[Read More]

14 Minutes of Gary Vaynerchuk #DailyVee

Louisville Coach Jeff Walz post game after loss

If you have time watch all 11 minutes – but the good stuff starts at the 5 minute mark where Coach Walz dives into the state of youth athletics and the coddling of the current generation. Do you agree with Coach?  Share your thoughts below.

“In taking up another’s cross, one must sometimes get crushed by the weight.”

Paul Kalanithi

Can we Auto-Correct Humanity?

Prince Ea – One bar closer to humanity!  

Changing the game in youth sports

Changing the game in youth sports

Eutemia

Eutemia

“According to Seneca, the Greek word Eutemia is one we should think of often.  It is the sense of our own path and how to stay on it without getting distracted by all the others that intersect it.  It’s not about beating or having more than the other guy.  It’s about being what you are and being as good as possible at it without succumbing to all the things that draw you away from it.  It’s about ...[Read More]

Two things to remember in life.  Take care of your thoughts when you are along, and take care of your words when you are with people.

Travis Rudolph’s best catch

Travis Rudolph’s best catch

On the eve of my oldest son starting middle school, I was taken back by a photograph of Florida State Universities star receiver Travis Rudolph.  Recently Rudolph, along with teammates Dalvin Cook, Deondre Francois, Derwin James and Jalen Wilkerson visited Monfort Middle School in Tallahassee. It was at lunch that Rudolph caught a student named Bo sitting alone.  Rudolph walked up to Bo and asked ...[Read More]

Little Eyes Upon You

Little Eyes Upon You

Little Eyes Upon You There are little eyes upon you and they’re watching night and day. There are little ears that quickly take in every word you say. There are little hands all eager to do anything you do; And a little boy who’s dreaming of the day he’ll be like you. You’re the little fellow’s idol, you’re the wisest of the wise. In his little mind about you no ...[Read More]

Pathfinders: Montana – Lacrosse

Pathfinders: Montana – Lacrosse

Tony Hawk lands 900 at 48!

17 years to the day of landing his first ever 900 – the GOAT of Skateboarding retains the spirit of youth and does it again. The footage shows the struggle, the pain and at the end the success.

Kevin Cassese – Culture Eats Strategy

Culture eats Strategy for breakfast  

Kevin Cassese – The Importance of Emotional Health

The 2/3 conundrum. Academic Well-Being Athletic Well-Being Social Well-Being All three contribute to emotional health.  You cannot do all three well – you have to pick two.

Kevin Cassese – Leaving Nothing to the Imagination

Lacrosse Coach Kevin Cassese on clear and concise communication with his team.

Kevin Cassese – Goals vs Standards

Coach Cassese discusses the team definitions of goals versus standards.

Kevin Cassese – A Deeper Level

What is your coaching roadmap?  What is your philosophy?

Kevin Cassese – Where Can We Be Great?

Who do we want to be? Who can we be?

Kevin Cassese – My Take on Parents

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but where is the best place to coach? The orphanage Coach Kevin Cassese delivers a great take on setting expectations early with parents and players.  It’s about helping them develop into men and women. You are entrusting me to help your son develop into a man.  If you are calling me about playing time on behalf of your son, he’s not devel ...[Read More]

Kevin Cassese – The Starfish Effect

As coaches we are often asked why we do what we do.  This story of the Starfish Effect is the perfect summation of that WHY.

Kevin Cassese – What We Can’t Do

Too short, not good enough – not enough to stop Lehigh University head coach Kevin Cassese. Your destiny is not controlled by what people tell you that you cannot do.    

Adam Grant – The surprising habits of original thinkers

Adam Grant – The surprising habits of original thinkers

How do creative people come up with great ideas?  Organizational psychologist Adam Grant explains in this great TED Talk.

Coaching with Why

Coaching with Why

Why is the greatest question ever.  So what happens when as coaches, we look at the why?  I just spent the season assisting a basketball coach who prefers the three-point-shot over a two pointer.  His logic, you can make a lower percentage and still outscore your opponents.  Three’s and layups only. This video is a great example of football coach Kevin Kelley asking “Why?” and co ...[Read More]

The Truth

The Truth

The truth is not trendy; it remains constant through time and unaffected by opinion or culture. – John Bevere

A coaches impact

A coaches impact

One coach will impact more people in a year, than most people do in a lifetime. If you do not agree with this quote, go and ask someone who impacted their life.  Odds are that they will tell you the name of a coach, or a teacher. If you had a coach who impacted your life, please make sure to let them know.  

An open letter to Ms. Silva and the Notre Dame Class of 2029

An open letter to Ms. Silva and the Notre Dame Class of 2029

Dear Ms. Silva, That’s the name of the video, and a great way for us to start our open letter to you and your class.  Our team here at #EDGB followed the story of your amazing students this past season.  Their passion for their education, and their positive classroom community serves as such a great lesson to all of us as to how we should approach life.  Their passion for Notre Dame serves a ...[Read More]

BJ Miller – What really matters at the end of life

BJ Miller – What really matters at the end of life

Cole Swindell – You Should Be Here

The message is simple.  Enjoy those you love while you can.  Be thankful for those that support you and pave the way for your journey, and never take any day for granted.

Tom Coughlin on the Importance of Character

light

As he resigns from the New York Giants, future Hall of Fame coach Tom Coughlin had a few choice words about the importance of character.   WATCH: Tom Coughlin’s message on the importance of character #ThanksTC #GiantsPride https://t.co/m0WBCoUpn0 — New York Giants (@Giants) January 5, 2016

Dear Stuart Scott

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

James Naismith and the invention of basketball

James Naismith and the invention of basketball

  From James Naismith himself – his story on how he invented basketball.  This is believed to be the only known audio recording of Naismith.  It is from a January 31, 1939 radio broadcast of “We the People”, hosted by Gabriel Heatter.  It was recently discovered by a professor at the University of Kansas. Those additional rules that Naismith spoke about, were later written d ...[Read More]

The meaning of the National Anthem

The meaning of the National Anthem

Recently, the Virginia Tech Men’s’ Basketball Team got a lesson on our National Anthem.  Well done Coach Buzz Williams, way to build character into your program. Please click the link to view http://www.hokiesports.com/videos/#!/videos/m-baskbl/o3OHdyeDpUtOaxz14Y9rJrRiKKxVfzdP

506 reasons why our world is amazing

Compete like a fourth grader

Compete like a fourth grader

We saw this come across twitter from @JVPIrish and couldn’t wait to share it with our community. Recently a fourth grade class in New York was given an article to read.  After reading the article the students were asked to support one of the two sides and defend their position. The topic:  How trophies are awarded in youth sporting events. We think Silas got it right.  Share your opinion bel ...[Read More]

A sons love, from a mother’s perspective

A sons love, from a mother’s perspective

One last look.

When we first met I was just a kid

When we first met I was just a kid

Many people read the poem that Kobe Bryant posted to The Players’s Tribute announcing his retirement.  But those people who were lucky enough to be at the Staples Center that night received a more personal message. When we first met I was just a kid. Some of you took me in. Some of you didn’t. But all of you helped me become the player and man in front of you today. You gave me confidence to ...[Read More]

Dear Basketball

Dear Basketball

“This season is all I have left to give.” @kobebryant pens a letter to basketball: https://t.co/hu5CUoXHhJpic.twitter.com/1ogKdH7buP — The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) November 29, 2015 Kobe Bryant took to The Players’ Tribune on November 29th to announce that this was his last season.  In a beautifully penned poem to the game that he loves.  It is open and honest, an ...[Read More]

The Bench Cam with @UFGatorSoccer

The first question says it all – “Who likes being subbed out of the game?” In this great social experiment,  Coach Becky Burleigh talks about putting a camera on her bench to watch the body language of both the players and coaches.  

Trust Builders with @UFGatorSoccer

Coach Becky Burleigh is back with part 2 from her talk in 2015 at What Drives Winning. Players and coaches have to trust each other.  Coach Burleigh shares the different ways that she helped the Gators build team and trust.

Fear and Failure

The Green Dot

Body Language on and off of the court

Body Language on and off of the court

In a recent post game press conference, University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma shared his philosophy on body language.   It’s a great lesson that all young athletes and their parents should hear.  The video is embedded below, but here are a few highlights. “We put a huge premium on body language, and if your body language is bad, you will never get in the game ...[Read More]

The Will to Win

Lombardi

The Will to Win by Vince Lombardi “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.  There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that’s first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, ...[Read More]

Chris Greicius – and the first ever wish

roads

I am an avid podcast listener.  A few months back, I found out that I had been missing out on The Tim Ferriss Show.  In episode #225: John Crowley – The Real-Life Captain America and Bruce Banner (Seriously) Tim interviews John Crowley, the Chairman and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics.  While this interview is so amazing on so many levels – one story caught my attention.  The story of Chris ...[Read More]

Reaching Escape Velocity – Andrew Crawford

Reaching Escape Velocity – Andrew Crawford

I implore you to start matching your work ethic and your actions to your mouth.

Dream Big

Dream Big

DREAM BIG If there were ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now. Not for any grand cause, necessarily — but for something that tugs at your heart something that’s your dream. You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch. Dream big. Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy. There will be g ...[Read More]

A meditation to increase empathy

A meditation to increase empathy

“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own – not of the same blood and birth, but the same m ...[Read More]

14 Minutes of Gary Vaynerchuk #DailyVee

Louisville Coach Jeff Walz post game after loss

If you have time watch all 11 minutes – but the good stuff starts at the 5 minute mark where Coach Walz dives into the state of youth athletics and the coddling of the current generation. Do you agree with Coach?  Share your thoughts below.

“In taking up another’s cross, one must sometimes get crushed by the weight.”

Paul Kalanithi

Can we Auto-Correct Humanity?

Prince Ea – One bar closer to humanity!  

Changing the game in youth sports

Changing the game in youth sports

Eutemia

Eutemia

“According to Seneca, the Greek word Eutemia is one we should think of often.  It is the sense of our own path and how to stay on it without getting distracted by all the others that intersect it.  It’s not about beating or having more than the other guy.  It’s about being what you are and being as good as possible at it without succumbing to all the things that draw you away from it.  It’s about ...[Read More]

Two things to remember in life.  Take care of your thoughts when you are along, and take care of your words when you are with people.

Travis Rudolph’s best catch

Travis Rudolph’s best catch

On the eve of my oldest son starting middle school, I was taken back by a photograph of Florida State Universities star receiver Travis Rudolph.  Recently Rudolph, along with teammates Dalvin Cook, Deondre Francois, Derwin James and Jalen Wilkerson visited Monfort Middle School in Tallahassee. It was at lunch that Rudolph caught a student named Bo sitting alone.  Rudolph walked up to Bo and asked ...[Read More]

Little Eyes Upon You

Little Eyes Upon You

Little Eyes Upon You There are little eyes upon you and they’re watching night and day. There are little ears that quickly take in every word you say. There are little hands all eager to do anything you do; And a little boy who’s dreaming of the day he’ll be like you. You’re the little fellow’s idol, you’re the wisest of the wise. In his little mind about you no ...[Read More]

Pathfinders: Montana – Lacrosse

Pathfinders: Montana – Lacrosse

Tony Hawk lands 900 at 48!

17 years to the day of landing his first ever 900 – the GOAT of Skateboarding retains the spirit of youth and does it again. The footage shows the struggle, the pain and at the end the success.

Kevin Cassese – Culture Eats Strategy

Culture eats Strategy for breakfast  

Kevin Cassese – The Importance of Emotional Health

The 2/3 conundrum. Academic Well-Being Athletic Well-Being Social Well-Being All three contribute to emotional health.  You cannot do all three well – you have to pick two.

Kevin Cassese – Leaving Nothing to the Imagination

Lacrosse Coach Kevin Cassese on clear and concise communication with his team.

Kevin Cassese – Goals vs Standards

Coach Cassese discusses the team definitions of goals versus standards.

Kevin Cassese – A Deeper Level

What is your coaching roadmap?  What is your philosophy?

Kevin Cassese – Where Can We Be Great?

Who do we want to be? Who can we be?

Kevin Cassese – My Take on Parents

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but where is the best place to coach? The orphanage Coach Kevin Cassese delivers a great take on setting expectations early with parents and players.  It’s about helping them develop into men and women. You are entrusting me to help your son develop into a man.  If you are calling me about playing time on behalf of your son, he’s not devel ...[Read More]

Kevin Cassese – The Starfish Effect

As coaches we are often asked why we do what we do.  This story of the Starfish Effect is the perfect summation of that WHY.

Kevin Cassese – What We Can’t Do

Too short, not good enough – not enough to stop Lehigh University head coach Kevin Cassese. Your destiny is not controlled by what people tell you that you cannot do.    

Adam Grant – The surprising habits of original thinkers

Adam Grant – The surprising habits of original thinkers

How do creative people come up with great ideas?  Organizational psychologist Adam Grant explains in this great TED Talk.

Coaching with Why

Coaching with Why

Why is the greatest question ever.  So what happens when as coaches, we look at the why?  I just spent the season assisting a basketball coach who prefers the three-point-shot over a two pointer.  His logic, you can make a lower percentage and still outscore your opponents.  Three’s and layups only. This video is a great example of football coach Kevin Kelley asking “Why?” and co ...[Read More]

The Truth

The Truth

The truth is not trendy; it remains constant through time and unaffected by opinion or culture. – John Bevere

A coaches impact

A coaches impact

One coach will impact more people in a year, than most people do in a lifetime. If you do not agree with this quote, go and ask someone who impacted their life.  Odds are that they will tell you the name of a coach, or a teacher. If you had a coach who impacted your life, please make sure to let them know.  

An open letter to Ms. Silva and the Notre Dame Class of 2029

An open letter to Ms. Silva and the Notre Dame Class of 2029

Dear Ms. Silva, That’s the name of the video, and a great way for us to start our open letter to you and your class.  Our team here at #EDGB followed the story of your amazing students this past season.  Their passion for their education, and their positive classroom community serves as such a great lesson to all of us as to how we should approach life.  Their passion for Notre Dame serves a ...[Read More]

BJ Miller – What really matters at the end of life

BJ Miller – What really matters at the end of life

Cole Swindell – You Should Be Here

The message is simple.  Enjoy those you love while you can.  Be thankful for those that support you and pave the way for your journey, and never take any day for granted.

Tom Coughlin on the Importance of Character

light

As he resigns from the New York Giants, future Hall of Fame coach Tom Coughlin had a few choice words about the importance of character.   WATCH: Tom Coughlin’s message on the importance of character #ThanksTC #GiantsPride https://t.co/m0WBCoUpn0 — New York Giants (@Giants) January 5, 2016

Dear Stuart Scott

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

James Naismith and the invention of basketball

James Naismith and the invention of basketball

  From James Naismith himself – his story on how he invented basketball.  This is believed to be the only known audio recording of Naismith.  It is from a January 31, 1939 radio broadcast of “We the People”, hosted by Gabriel Heatter.  It was recently discovered by a professor at the University of Kansas. Those additional rules that Naismith spoke about, were later written d ...[Read More]

The meaning of the National Anthem

The meaning of the National Anthem

Recently, the Virginia Tech Men’s’ Basketball Team got a lesson on our National Anthem.  Well done Coach Buzz Williams, way to build character into your program. Please click the link to view http://www.hokiesports.com/videos/#!/videos/m-baskbl/o3OHdyeDpUtOaxz14Y9rJrRiKKxVfzdP

506 reasons why our world is amazing

Compete like a fourth grader

Compete like a fourth grader

We saw this come across twitter from @JVPIrish and couldn’t wait to share it with our community. Recently a fourth grade class in New York was given an article to read.  After reading the article the students were asked to support one of the two sides and defend their position. The topic:  How trophies are awarded in youth sporting events. We think Silas got it right.  Share your opinion bel ...[Read More]