Understanding the Pulse of Your Team

 

 
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Mentoring is one of the three pillars of SportsLeader.

Our young men and women of today need one on one attention that encourages them to make resolutions … take positive steps forward in their life … to do something.

It is also a great way to grow as a coach.

 
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Coach Chris Tracy with his daughters.

Here below is a testimony from Chris Tracy, Head Football Coach at Franklin County High School in Frankfort KY.

 
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Ryan Timmons WR for the University of Kentucky

Chris was blessed to be an important part in the life of a young man by the name of Ryan Timmons. Ryan is now a starting WR for the University of Kentucky football team as a Freshman. Their mentoring relationship has helped Ryan to achieve many of the goals he set for himself.

Go mentor a player today!

Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd 
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This is going on my fourth year at Franklin County. We began with the SportsLeader program in my first. While we have done the mentoring from the beginning, this is the first year that I feel that it hasn't only helped individuals, but the entire team.

_Mentoring has allowed me, as a head coach, to better understand the "pulse" of the team. By that I mean I have been able to better understand when our boys are tired, worn down, or just plain frustrated. _

Mentoring has led to our program implementing a "coaches council". I have a player from each class meet with me as a group during our Saturday practices, every other week. The boys were feeling they didn't have any input in the program and this was our way to address it.

 
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L to R: Ryan Timmons, Coach Chris Tracy and Logan Woodside who is now a QB at the University of Toledo.

There are many things on a daily basis that mentoring does for me as a head coach. I can have conversations with kids that they wouldn't normally have as an adult. Our kids need that more than most.

FYI, my wife has started a program at her elementary school. Its called watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students). It is where fathers come into the school and give their entire day to the school. Really awesome. I have spoken twice at her events trying to get Dads to sign up. I always mention SportsLeader as a model. I truly feel that we are at war for the hearts, souls, and minds of our future generations.