A different way to look at the same problems

“Good writing does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds on its ability to engage you, make you think, and give you a glimpse into someone else’s head – even if you decide that’s a place you don’t want to be.” – Malcolm Gladwell, from What The Dog Saw

Before I talk about what this blog is about, let’s start with what it’s not about.

If you’re interested in:

  • Being right and attacking those who you think are wrong
  • Driving agendas
  • Clinging to the comfort of tradition
  • Invalidating skin in the game 
  • Neglecting other perspectives
  • Launch angle swings
  • Lactic acid flush runs

this place probably isn’t for you. If instead you’re interested in:

  • Bringing a fresh set of eyes to something you never considered
  • Seeking to understand before seeking to be understood
  • Filtering out the noise and finding what matters
  • Being transparent about previous mistakes and using them as learning opportunities 
  • Having productive conversations and not being afraid of thoughtful disagreement
  • Making coaching a career, not just a passion project

this place is absolutely for you. 

 

 

 

This blog is dedicated to the coaches who are in the trenches every single day solving problems and finding ways to help players get better. It’s to recognize the pioneers who paved the way for all of us, inspire the ones just getting started, and to fuel the fire for those who aren’t satisfied with knowing “enough.”

We all made a decision at one point to turn a kid’s game into a career, but with that decision came great responsibility. How we handle that responsibility impacts our ability to pass the torch and continue to push this great game forward. Some like it, others love it, few live it. Coaching can’t just be something we like to do. It must be an obsession. 

“It is a privilege to be in a position that allows you to mold the lives of players and have them simultaneously shape yours. Never take that role and those relationships for granted.” Kainoa Correa, bench coach San Francisco Giants

Disclaimer: This blog is not filled with feel good stories and cliches. Everything in here is real. If you’re afraid to tackle the messy realities that run most coaches away from this profession, save yourself the time and go somewhere else. You won’t like what I have to say.

For everything uncertain about our profession, there are some things I can guarantee: Our journeys as coaches will traverse the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. We’re going to forget more than we remember, not every player that comes to us is going to get better, and we will come across information that challenges everything we’ve ever known. We’re going to have to give more than we receive, operate on limited budgets, navigate political environments, and make the most of situations that are not ideal

Coaching is a thankless profession that will challenge us and make us question why we even got started in the first place, but that is the ultimate privilege of being one. The destination is the disease. The reward is the journey. 

The perfect time to get started is right now.

Make Complex Simple

Bring clarity to complex concepts by changing how you view them. This starts with our ability to:

Ask better questions

The answers you seek are often the right questions away. If you don’t understand it, you probably haven’t asked the right questions. Peel back layers and try new angles. You might not get the answer right away, but you’ll at least you’ll have a better idea on where to start.

Start with why

Every action and decision has a story behind it. If you just look at what happened or how it happened, you’ll miss out on the most important component: Why it happened. Don’t look at events in isolation. Context shapes content. You won’t fix what happened until you learn why it even happened in the first place.

Veja Du

Feeling stuck? Stop looking where everyone else is looking. Investigate a different field. Ask someone who has no relation to the problem. Take a trip down a road with no destination. Our brain is a pattern recognition machine. It will find what you’re looking for. You just need to change the lens you’re looking through.  

 

This blog is going to teach you how to do all three.

 

Get a taste of what’s inside

Nov
27

Why No One Is Talking About One of Baseball’s Biggest Stories

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Bat to Ball Principles: The Importance of Spacing

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What “The Office” can teach us about crafting more powerful messages

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Biotensegrity: Putting principles into action

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Mass… doesn’t equal Gas?

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Nov
29

The equipment you don’t know is dragging you down

On July 2, 1994 a lightning strike sparked a fire near the base of Storm King Mountain, about seven miles west of Glenwood Springs, CO. After 48 hours, the fire had only spread a mere three acres. While it didn’t start as an immediate threat to people, the persistent blaze