Continued from Part 1 and Part 2.

Developing a Culture of Hard Work

  • Provide structure for programs – workout times and training plans
  • I will role model the work ethic I want in my own training habits and work habits
  • Develop leaders and teammates – prepare fill both roles everyday
  • I will praise effort over results and avoid false praise
  • Encourage players to develop a growth mindset that you can’t always control outcomes, but you can always control effort and preparation

“Sometimes it is not the ability to want to work hard that stops us. It is the inability to stay focused that impairs us to work hard.” -Unknown

Leaders and Teammates


  • Guides the team toward achieving team goals
  • The team’s best interest guides every single decision by the team leader
  • Serves as a liaison between coaches and players – keep a constant flow of information
  • Act as a leader during all team activities – early to trainings, provide proper effort, encourage teammates, and help younger players

3 Leadership Roles:

  • Confronter- has no problem vocalizing problems within the team
  • Inspirer- mentally tough, never quits, provides motivation to the team
  • Nurturer- able to help teammates with issues on and off the field


  • Hold themselves to the set values of the program, hold their teammates to that same standard
  • Provide an environment that can help leaders succeed
  • Are coachable- teammates can take correction without turning that into resentment
  • Keep the program goals as their focus before individual success

The Spiral of Mastery
In Mastering the Skills you Demonstrate Ability.
Demonstrated ability breeds Confidence.
Confidence allows you to stay Calm Under Pressure.
Calmness leads to Concentration or the ability to Focus.
Concentration leads to Proper Decision Making.
(Proper Decision Making is defined as accessing the correct skills and strategy learned in practice)
Proper Decision Making leads to
Effective Execution of the Skills.
Effective execution of the skills leads to success!
By Jerry Meyer


By: Steve Breitenstein