Time is continuing to fly by this season! We are about 10 practices into the season, my days are longer than ever which means of course I'm staying busy. The first few practices of the season are a lot of teaching, talking, explaining, and breaking all of the important stuff down. The ones as a player you hate, but transitioning into the role of a coach the most important ones of the season. They set the tone for the year and lay the foundation of what will be expected for the rest of the season. So basically what I'm saying is that those practices typically consist of defense, sprints, drills, breakdown drills, more defense, and more sprints...and very minimal full court scrimmages. We also have 10 freshmen and 6 sophomores so believe me when I say there is a lot of teaching! But for me, teaching is the fun part. I love breaking things down and being challenged with finding new ways to get kids to "get it." So far the energy has been great and our freshmen have been very competitive. Everyone has been working extremely hard and as a coach that's all you can ask for.
Last weekend I led our team through a fun team building day after practice. We once again did the DISC personality profile that was great for our team last year. I tried to present it differently this year so that it wasn't so repetitive for our 8 returners. Even still, it was very beneficial for everyone to dig deeper and truly learn about each others personalities to better communicate with one another on and off the court.
This year we started off with an icebreaker. I gave everyone 5 cards with different personality traits on them, and once everyone had their cards I told them to mingle around the room and trade cards trying to collect traits they each carry. Each of the DISC traits were all in a certain color, D(red), I(orange), S(blue), and C(green). At the end of the 5 minutes, everyone had to pick one of their five cards that best describes them. At the end of the DISC test, most people had the correct color of their DISC profile, interesting right? But cool, because none of them what the different color correlations meant until the very end of the test.
After doing this test myself as a student-athlete, and leading it the past two years, I can usually guess someone's DISC right on, and this year I guessed all of new freshmen in the right DISC profile.
D's are leaders, competitive, dominate, blunt, results, goal-oriented, and forceful. I's are our social butterflies, the loud and outgoing ones, fun, energetic, and optimistic. S's are sweet, quiet, loyal, friendly, supportive, and reliable. C's are perfectionist, deep thinkers, systemic, and high standards.
Every time I have taken this test I have been an S, so happy to welcome more to the team, lol.
I was also excited to introduce the team to the ONE WORD challenge. I've seen a handful of other sports teams and organizations do this and I thought it would be a great activity to do with ours as well. Everyone picked one word to give or focus on for the entire season, because even on the worst of days, your off nights when the ball just can't find the bottom of the basket...there is always something to give. So we each picked a word, and painted it on a brick. The bricks symbolizes a wall, separately 20 different pieces but together a wall is built, and nothing can break as long as we stick together.
The word I chose for the season is, ENERGY. Players can always feed of their coaches energy and I want to bring positive energy every practice, every game, everyday!
Next weekend we are having an inner squad scrimmage with refs that will be conducted like a real game, wish us luck!!! I'll updated with a recap on that next week. Until then, everyone work hard, stay blessed and enjoy life (: