Sharing Ideas

One of the great benefits of being a member of the SportsLeader Coaches Association is that you get to hear great ideas from fellow coaches from all over the country. Some you may want to implement and others maybe not.

Here is one from Coach Theresa Guard of Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, GA.

Do you have a tradition you'd like to share with other coaches? Drop me a line. Let's keep this going.

Virtue = Strength, Lou 

Journals for Sports Teams:

I use journals for my high school girls basketball team.

Each girl gets a notebook at our first meeting and they decorate it in some way. I prefer that they write at least once a week, but they can write more if they like.

I leave it open to whatever they would like to write and as much or as little as they would like to write. I have not had to make it a disciplinary issue. I just remind them and they get it to me.

I write back to them and sometimes I will have the assistant coach write back to them. It helps to facilitate the mentoring sessions.

Here are some anonymous quotes:

_“I apologize for being distracted and everything. There has been a lot going on lately at home. I know that you are here for me and that I can talk to you about anything, but I don’t want to talk right now. “

“I think practices are more fun this year, although they are still difficult.”

“I just feel like I have fifty billion things going on in my life and can never give the proper attention to all of them. I am worried that I will compromise on everything.”

“I need to talk to you.”

“I am not nervous about our first game. I can’t wait to see what my Dad says on Jersey Night. Now that, I am nervous about.”

“Thank you so much for the letter that you wrote me for my retreat. I was so happy when I saw that I had one from my parents and you.”_

I would love to hear any feedback on this and get some new ideas for journaling.

God Bless and Good Luck! 
Theresa Guard 
Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach 
Pinecrest Academy 
Cumming, GA