Building High Performance Sports Teams

What is a team? A set of athletes wearing the same uniform or having their names listed in the program under a team name does not make them a high performance team? No! Other than in name, they may even act like a TEAM. In fact, all that can be said is that they are occupying relatively the same place at the same time. Any experienced coach knows this reality is easily exploited during competition.

Creating and Sustaining Championship Thinking team behavior requires a coming together of personalities with the skills and commitment to wisely give and take, lead and follow…often in a heartbeat.

These topic areas can be delivered in one or more of these forms of service: assessment, consulting, coaching, training or presentations.

Overview of the Seven Dimensions of High Performance Teams

In order for sports teams; football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, golf, tennis, swim, hockey, wrestling, track & field, etc. to be successful they must know how to balance the needs of the full team with those of individual players and coaches. This also is true for the leadership teams governing, administering to and serving the team. This requires each team member to possess 1) team skills, 2) a common and comprehensive language that defines team , 3) a roadmap (framework/blueprint/model) to follow and solid implementation tools The Championship Thinking Coach teaches the seven dimensions for high performance sports teams including the integration of sub-teams (defense, offense, special teams, etc.).

Team Dimension 1: Purpose & Identity

The key question for team dimension 1 is, “Why are we here?” When resolved a sports team achieves purpose, personal fit and proper membership. Unresolved, this question creates disorientation, fear and uncertainty. The topic provides actions a team can take to clearly specify why the team exists and for each team member to know why they are on the team.

Team Dimension 2: Respect & Trust

The key question for team dimension 2 is, “Who are you?” When resolved a sports team achieves mutual regard, forthrightness and spontaneous interaction. Unresolved, this question leads to mistrust, caution and façade. This topic provides actions a team can take to establish a high level of respect and trust amongst the full team and between individual members.

Team Dimension 3: Clear Roles & Responsibility

The key question for team dimension 3 is, “Who does, what, when, and where? When resolved a team operates with explicit assumptions, clear & integrated goals and identified roles. Unresolved, this question leads to misguided competition and apathy. This topic provides actions a team can take to ensure roles, responsibilities and division of tasks are understood and effectively executed.

Team Dimension 4: Commitment & Support

The key question for team dimension 4 is, “How are we helped?” When resolved a team has shared vision, properly allocated resources and a good decision making model. Unresolved, this question leads to dependency, fragmentation and counter-dependency. This topic provides actions a team can take for both assisting itself within the team and getting the commitment and support it needs from outside the team: the fans and broader organization.

Team Dimension 5: Directed Action

The key question for team dimension 5 is, “How do we implement.” When resolved a team has clear processes, solid alignment and disciplined execution. Unresolved, this question reveals conflict, confusion, misalignment and missed deadlines. This topic provides actions a team can take to ensure its chosen actions-practices, off season planning, game plans, games/matches and review/debriefings are effectively and efficiently carried out.

Team Dimension 6: Continued Excellence

The key question for team dimension 6 is, “How do we continually improve?” When resolved a team demonstrates flexibility, intuitive communication and synergy. Unresolved, a team atrophies, become stagnant and is stymied which leads to a sense of overload, disharmony and negative stress. And of course loss of games/matches and confidence. This topic provides practical actions a team can take to grow and sustain its creative and innovative spirit and energy.

Team Dimension 7: Vitality and Resiliency

The key question for team dimension 7 is, “How do we stay energized?” When resolved a team has staying power, change mastery and motivation. Unresolved, a team becomes bored, burns out and unravels. This topic provides actions a team can take to revitalize itself for added enjoyment and performance among individuals and the team as a whole.

Sports Psychology deals with how the mind works in sports. The intent of learning and applying sports psychology skills is to train the mind to work for you and not against you in order to 1) maximize present physical and technical skills and 2) more quickly and effectively develop additional skills. The truth is, “As I think, So I Play” It is also true for coaches, “As think, lead, teach and communicate, so the team plays.” The Championship Thinking Coach serves his customers by drawing upon numerous studies and research in cognitive science including image psychology, neuro-linguistics and social learning theory. He then makes this information understandable and relevant in the context of team and individual performance.

This is delivered through the use of Proven Methods, Tools and Techniques for Progressive Sports Psychology.

These topic areas can be delivered in one or more of these forms of service: assessment, consulting, coaching, training or presentations.

Overview of the 20 concepts

1. Self-Efficacy 8. Self-Worth 15. Resiliency
2. Belief 9. Comfort Zone 16. Flick-Back/Flick-Up
3. Forethought 10. Habit 17. Reality Management
4. Blind Spots 11. Tension/Stress Control 18. Visioning/Imagery
5. Lock-On/Lock-Out 12. Attitude 19. Goal Setting through
6. Self-Talk 13. Relaxation 20. Affirmation Process
7. Self-Image 14. Emotions Management

Success Or Less: It’s All Attitude, Dude!

What is attitude? Where do we get our attitude? Is attitude nature or nurture? How important is attitude? How much do we have control over our attitude? These and other related questions about attitude and its influence on change, habits and beliefs are covered in this lively presentation. Specific tools for managing attitude will be given.

Belief vs. Doubt: Battle of the Heavy Weights

Belief and doubt are part of the human psyche. They are givens. The job is not to deny doubt but to acknowledge, even welcome it, and then subordinate doubt to the back seat while belief controls the wheel of life. This presentation includes a robust examination of the power of belief in self and others.

The Lock-On/Lock-Out Principle

  • Tendency 1: A person or organization Locks-On too long to a way of behaving and doesn’t make needed adjustments based on a status quo mind set
  • Tendency 2: A person or organization Locks-On too quickly to a way of behaving and makes an unwise decision based on a snap judgment mind set
  • Tendency 3: A person or organization Locks-On to a way of behaving at just the right time seizing a competitive edge based on a first rate, championship thinking mind set

This presentation, by examining the lock-on and lock-out principle, focuses on how to make Tendency 3 one’s prevailing habit.

The Self-Talk, Self-Image, Self-Worth Cycle

Only people with a healthy sense of self have what it takes to take on tasks and finish them. These are also the people who then take on larger challenges and tasks and lead others to do the same. The power-filled presentation teaches how to make the self-talk, self-image, self-worth cycle work in positive, practical and powerful ways.

Onward, Upward, Outward: Stretching Your Comfort Zone

This session is only for people who want to improve skills, or develop new skills. When improvement is desired, comfort zone must stretched; doing the same habitual actions won’t cut it. However, stepping outside comfort zone can create, fear, anxiety, and certainly discomfort. This session provides ways for becoming comfortable with that discomfort and therefore holding onto the end result-improvement.

Pest Control: Dealing with the Locusts

For all people life is not a smooth, easy ride every day. At times, we are hit with something negative-big and little-loss of a job, loss of someone close, an illness, goals not met, unfulfilled expectations of others-work and personal, etc. These realities often set in motion a downward spiral which, if not effectively dealt with can be very debilitating. This session, provides a solid overview of what the downward spiral is, how it comes on and MOST IMPORTANTLY, how to minimize the depth, duration and impact of the spiral and return even stronger.

The Resilient Seed: Sturdy, Stems, Stalks and Spirit

When confronted with failure a setback or some form of obstacle or adversity some people breakdown while others break through. Have you ever thought about why that is? Are those who succeed born with “hormonal tenacity”, did they learn to be that way or are they taking some sort of new anti-adversity pill? In this session you’ll receive no hormone injection or pills. However, you’ll be given proven and practical mental tools and techniques to strengthen your resilient core and fortify a stick-to-it-tive-ness attitude and essentially hang tough.

Harvesting Your Vision

Creating a picture, a vision, of something you want to see as an improvement in your work or personal life is a critical early step in getting there. Yet that alone is not enough. To make that new vision a future reality it must become a dominant picture and stronger than the current reality. This session teaches the process for highly increasing your odds for going from the undesired state to the desired state. A variety of successful examples will be shared.

Want-To vs. Have-To Motivation

Before coming to this session, make a list of those things in life you have to do, write down why that is and record your level of motivation for each item-very high, high, so-so, low, very low. Then repeat these steps for those things you want to do; include things already done as well as future hopes/wishes. Come ready to 1) Explore how want-to vs. have-to thinking influences your degree of happiness, accomplishment, quality output and even desire to start and sustain actions and 2) leave with powerful, ready to use tips that will increase your energy and unleash your free will.


January Vaulter Magazine
January Vaulter Magazine

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