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Exit Interviews... Making an adjustment... Christmas Cookies instead

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Every year we have exit interviews with our guys. Some times those can get a little intense. This year we are taking a different approach and here is why.

 

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We practice on Wednesdays at 6 am. Our last Wednesday morning practice, we all had frost on the tops of our shoes or cleats. It was pretty cold. It was one of those days I could tell our guys were getting tired of hearing my voice. In holding our guys accountable, we did quite a few grass(frost) drills that morning. When it was all said and done, we had a productive practice. It just took a little extra frost in their face, chest & hands to get their attention.

 

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To our guys credit, even though they were hitting the wall with me, not one young man was disrespectful or said anything out of line. I could tell that although they were frustrated, they were going to try to continue to do what needed to be done, the best they could. That meant alot to me. Even though it was a tough day they still showed respect and tried. I was frustrated because I need to find a better way to lead and get our guys to prepare and perform at a high level. I even called some old, successful coaches that day, to get ideas on how I can be a better coach to get my guys through a time like that in our season. But, it confirmed what I have thought all along, I am coaching really good young men.

 

So, this year instead of exit interviews, we are having Christmas cookies during finals week. The guys can come to my office through the day to get a Christmas cookie. There will be no exit interviews this year. When I told my oldest son, John Combs, "I am keeping it light this year." His sarcastic response was "You're really good at 'keeping it light'! " He knows me well, but I am going to try!!

 

After Christmas, we will have informal conversations. We will start back in the weightroom no later than January 6th. Our Perfection workouts will start up on January 8th. We will meet as a staff. I've got a lengthy list of things that need addressing & improvement. But, for now, we'll eat a cookie and say, "MERRY CHRISTMAS!"

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I could hardly read the text part of this post for salivating over those cookies. Man, they look good!

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I could hardly read the text part of this post for salivating over those cookies. Man, they look good!

 

They are really good. The kids have enjoyed them and it has been fun for me to interact with them in a much more relaxed setting. I am finding out quickly today.... I should have started this 28 years ago. It's been a very good day.

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Love it Coach. Great post, sometimes you have to show the guys a different side of yourself. No one loves and wants to play for a stone wall or statue, however they will run through a stone wall for men they have great relationships with. Constantly build and rebuild those relationships.

 

Now my question is this, who is the baker/decorator?

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Love it Coach. Great post, sometimes you have to show the guys a different side of yourself. No one loves and wants to play for a stone wall or statue, however they will run through a stone wall for men they have great relationships with. Constantly build and rebuild those relationships.

 

Now my question is this, who is the baker/decorator?

 

We had a couple... our ATC, Casey Riley and Pamcakes... Pam Tucker. Would recommend both.

 

The kids are still coming by my office today and we have a few left. Our kids are appreciative... very nice in the age of entitlement.

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“Team Building Through Positive Athletic Conditioning.” By Bruce Brown of Proactive Coaching.

 

I first bought it on iBooks on my phone. I then bought the paper copy and the accompanying DVD from their organization. One of many tools from their organization that changed the level of intensity of my practices.

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Merry Christmas to ChiefSmoke, his family and all at Mercer. It's a long time until August coach. More is not always better and building those caring, sharing relationships are sometimes more important than one or two more days on the field or in the weight room! In 20 years they'll talk about those good cookies more than what they benched. Big question....are you and your players having as much fun as 20 years ago, or as much fun as when Dad was coaching and you playing? Take care. Have a great 2020!!

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