In the Paint With Coach Green – December 8, 2016
Coach Green’s Blog
December 8, 2016
During the offseason our staff met often to begin our plans for the coming season. With a new coaching staff at both the Varsity and Junior Varsity level we felt it necessary to define the plan with which we wanted to build our program. We felt it very important to document the path we wanted to follow as we take the journey of building our program. I use the term program as often as possible because our focus isn’t just on any one team. Our program is made up of our teams from middle school to high school varsity. To create a successful organization, enterprise or basketball program everyone intimately involved needs to clearly understand the map to follow to reach its’ goals. So we set out to define our Mission and Vision Statements, Goals and Core Values.
Our first step was to define our mission statement. After some very open and honest discussion we agreed upon the following: “It’s our mission to walk beside our athletes as we develop young Christian men, to be competitive, leaders ready to take their next step in life through experiences provided by basketball. Our student/athletes will act with dignity and respect in the class room, on the court and in the community. We will respect the game of basketball by competing hard in practice and game.”
The program vision statement is “Our vision is to build a strong, competitive basketball program from middle school through high school varsity.” Our varsity team has set specific goals for the season and we are working diligently to achieve those goals. In the center of our program are our core values: Trust, Respect, Humility, Discipline, Toughness, and Compete. It is our goal to attempt to exhibit these core values every day in the classroom, on the court, off the court and in our extended community.
To achieve our goals we have begun our climb up Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. Our focus for the past week is Industriousness and Enthusiasm. The philosophy that in order to achieve great work you must thoroughly enjoy the work (the process) and those that you work with. When you enjoy your teammates and working together you begin to develop Loyal Friendships. With true Friendship you develop respect and camaraderie. And the last block of the foundation of the pyramid is Cooperation. When true Friends cooperate with each other the key thought is “no one cares who gets the credit”. In the realm of basketball it means no one player cares who scores the most points, gets the most rebounds. The most important thing is that the team competed to the best of its potential to achieve its’ desired result. During the coming weeks my blog will continue to journal our climb up the pyramid as well some brief recap of our most recent games.
“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” Coach John Wooden