RUSS’S TIP JAR
Advice for coaches abroad to focus not just on their players’ skills, but also helping them develop as people @17:30
That is tough because if you are a national coach or a coach in a foreign country, you are going to be judged by the development of the players you have. You want your players to advance and be well received but a lot of countries don't want their kids to leave. There are a lot of great opportunities for international students to attend schools in the U.S. and still advance their sport as well and prepare themselves for a future outside of the sport.
Resources or mindset you have that helps you in your work everyday @24:48
It’s about your players having an opportunity to pursue their dreams. It’s never about me, it’s about them. Their assumption is that they have way more time than they really do. I want those kids to be able to focus and dream big and feel good about their experience.
Recent must-read @26:00
Legacy. A book about a rugby team and what it takes to represent the jersey and be the best that they can be.
Advice to coaches @26:55
Coaches need to work hard. They need to get people around the program that can help the athletes achieve their goal. It is not always possible to relate to all 20 players. Some players will relate to others in the program. It is important to have coaches in your program that can do that.
Advice to players @27:15
For players, it’s about working hard. Working when you are sore or tired. The greatest athletes produce the greatest results when they are training and nobody knows they are training.
DEFINITION OF SUCCESS?
“From a coaching standpoint, success is getting people to do things that they don’t start the day wanting to do. For players, success might be reaching their potential as athletes. Teams might value success that they are better than the sum of the parts that make up the group. I look at it as I want the players that play for me to feel good about their experience. That they were treated fairly. That they had an opportunity to get better. An opportunity to play at the highest level, and that the university was as committed to them just as we ask the players to be to each other and the community.” @23:45
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