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3D Parenting Video

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Use the video below to help parents understand their role in stewarding the growth of their athletes in all 3Dimensions. Location/Facility: Room Used for Parent Meeting Time: 30 min Season: Pre-season Age Level: Any   Submitted by: Mark Hull

Take More Risks

Take More RisksBy Wes Simmons I believe humans are born with an instinctive desire in their hearts to do something good with their lives. They are also born with the mental capacity to cultivate that desire into a dream or vision through the power of imagination. We all have a dream buried somewhere deep in…

Keep The Dream Alive

Keeping MLK’s Dream AliveBy Wes Simmons I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. – MLK I believe humans are born with an instinctive desire in their hearts…

Raising Your Level

Raising Your Level By Wes Simmons When a discretionary activity like sports becomes too boring or too frustrating for too long, kids quit. However, when coaches develop strategies to engage athletes in the 2nd and 3rd Dimensions, sports become a life-giving experience for everyone involved. When this happens, the joy of the activity can override…

Short Sighted Vision

Short Sighted VisionBy Dan Bauer When you live in Wisconsin your entire life, you are expected to grow up to be a fan of the Green Bay Packers. My grandfathers were Packer fans and so was my dad; it is an innate birthright that a few lost souls choose to relinquish. The Packer legacy is…

Never Stop Chasing

Never Stop ChasingBy Dan Bauer We have all had a dream. Some are based on chance or luck like winning the lottery or marrying a millionaire. They require little or no effort, just mere thoughts dancing in our heads. Others are a challenge; they are laden with obstacles and failure and require hard work and…

Let’s Talk About My Feelings

Let’s Talk About My FeelingsBy Dan Bauer In the spring of 2002 I left Spooner to take the head hockey coaching position at Wausau East High School. It was a monumentally difficult decision that in turn had a significant influence on my coaching path. East had won a total of eleven games in the previous…

Dynamite Delivery

Dynamite DeliveryBy Dan Bauer “Dynamite comes in small packages.” Five little words that made a world of difference in my life. That fragment was delivered to me inscribed on a small medallion by my middle school basketball coach, Steve Christman. His words remain as clear as the water of Lake Superior and their impact on…

From Grit to Greatness

From Grit to GreatnessBy Dan Bauer The athletic experience is in my estimation unparalleled in its value and the extent of its impact. John Wooden’s legendary pyramid is perhaps the best example of the scope and significance of the character that can be developed. I will debate anyone on the merits of athletics under the…

Building the Perfect Player

Never Stop ChasingBy Dan Bauer We have all had a dream. Some are based on chance or luck like winning the lottery or marrying a millionaire. They require little or no effort, just mere thoughts dancing in our heads. Others are a challenge; they are laden with obstacles and failure and require hard work and…

The Second Parent

Short Sighted VisionBy Dan Bauer When you live in Wisconsin your entire life, you are expected to grow up to be a fan of the Green Bay Packers. My grandfathers were Packer fans and so was my dad; it is an innate birthright that a few lost souls choose to relinquish. The Packer legacy is…

Motivation: The Essence of Coaching

Motivation: The Essence of Coaching By Wes Simmons In many ways, motivation is the essence of coaching. A coach’s job is to help athletes pursue and persist toward the pursuit of both short-term and long-term goals. Late Dallas Cowboys football coach Tom Landry summed this part of the job up very well when he said,…

The Magic Bullet for Happiness

The Magic Bullet for Happiness By Mark Hull Recently I watched an interview of Barbara Bradley Hagerty on PBS’s Newshour where she was discussing her book Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife. Here’s part of the interview: “The Happiness Research Center in Copenhagen looked at job satisfaction and what they found is that…

Questions to Ask

Questions to Ask By Wes Simmons According to Dr. Jeff Duke’s research, and according to our experience, most coaches only coach in the 1st Dimension. In other words, when it comes to the things that coaches are very intentional about coaching during practice time, for most they always fit into one of these 8 categories:…

Be The Best You Can Be

Be The Best You Can Be By Wes Simmons As the clock ticked down to zero in the final moments of my college athletic career, the reality and finality of it all began to set in. It almost felt like a death of sorts. In many ways, it was. From the time I was 4-years-old,…

The “IT” Factor

The “IT” Factor By Wes Simmons I was fortunate to play for some great coaches over the span of my athletic career. My high school coach took over a program that had been mediocre at best for the previous two decades. Within six short years, he turned us into state champions. Two years later, he…

Seeing With New Eyes

Seeing With New Eyes By Cal Barr and Wes Simmons We recently heard from a high school Cross Country coach who has embraced 3Dimensional Coaching. He has completed the online course and now focuses on coaching all three dimensions: body, mind, and spirit. He also now has clearly developed strategies to capture the hearts of…

Diminishing Problems by Investing in the Right Solutions

Diminishing Problems by Investing in the Right Solutions By Wes Simmons Frustrated coaches. Angry parents. Worn out administrators. Burned out athletes. Unhappy fans. Disengaged alumni. When things go amiss in an athletic program, the impact is felt on many different levels. As a leader in the sports world, we need you to be PROACTIVE instead…

Reigniting the Fire

Reigniting the Fire By Wes Simmons There is a relatively new phenomenon sweeping across the sports landscape in America. It’s called, “12-year-old burnout.” According to a recent poll by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, 70% of kids in the U.S. quit playing sports before the age of 13 because, according to the kids, “It’s…

A Common Language

A Common Language By Wes Simmons X. Y. Z. Motion. Shotgun. Pistol. Center. Rover. Mike. Sam. Wheel. Dig. Slant. H. 3 Tech. Fire. Flat. Cover 4. Unless you know football, the string of words above most likely seems random and confusing. It’s hard make any association between them at all unless you’ve studied the game,…

Leading for Change

Leading for Change By Wes Simmons I can still hear his words like it was yesterday. On an ever-so-regular basis, my college coach Mel Tjeerdsma would stand before our team and challenge us with these thoughts: “Don’t buy the lie that you are staying the same. You are either going this way (with a finger…

Helicopters

Helicopters By Wes Simmons Have you ever wondered why today’s adolescent seems to be more anxious, more depressed, and less resilient than those of previous generations? As this article suggests, it likely has a lot to do with how we as adults structure our kids’ lives. In his 1969 book Parents & Teenagers, Dr. Haim…

Favorite Course Reviews

Favorite Course Reviews At the 3D Institute, we are constantly challenging coaches to answer the question, “Why do you coach?” A clear understanding of our “why” should govern “what” we do and “how” we do it. So why does the 3D Institute exist? Our aim is to help coaches develop 3Dimensional strategies (body, mind, and…

Mastering Emotions

Mastering Emotions By Wes Simmons “Emotions make excellent servants, but tyrannical masters.” – John Seymour It was the bottom of the 6th, the last inning of a heated championship game at the 9U “GLOBAL World Series.” I was talking to a player’s dad who was telling me how important it was to get this win…