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…

The 3D Coaching Success Factor

The 3D Coaching Success Factor Build a Winning Culture by Determining Your Success Factor. Kevin Davis Throughout my coaching career, I have implemented many dynamics that I learned during my high school and college playing careers. Some of the methods were effective, but, early in my career, I noticed that some of them were not…

The Biggest Game of Our Life

The Biggest Game of Our LifeBy Dan Bauer We have all faced that David and Goliath match-up, that irresistible force, that immovable object. We have all donned the cape of the sixties cartoon hero underdog and taken on that seemingly unbeatable foe. As coaches, we thrive on and welcome these challenges. It is simply part…

Uncharted Waters

Uncharted WatersBy Dan Bauer Read a fantastic piece on the analysis of the idea that we are not all in the same boat right now, but we are all in the same storm. If you are on a 100,000 ton freighter or single sail dinghy, the effect of the storm will be significantly different. It…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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:…

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…

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…

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,…

Understanding is the Basis of Care

Understanding is the Basis of Care By Wes Simmons I’ll never forget my inaugural coaching stint as a youth softball coach. I had the privilege of coaching my daughter’s 6U tee ball team and I was excited to get the season started. As the first pre-season practice began, it quickly became evident to me that…

Goals vs. Purpose

Goals vs. Purpose By Wes Simmons A primary objective of our 3Dimensional Coaching training is to help coaches develop a strategy in all 3Dimensions to fulfill their transformational purpose as a coach. For this to happen, it is imperative that coaches understand the difference between goals and purpose. Though goals and purpose can be easily…

Great Power Requires Great Character

Great Power Requires Great Character By Wes Simmons Throughout the world, the popularity of sports is on the rise from the very young to the elderly. With this rise in popularity, the coach’s level of influence has risen too. What coaches say, what they do, and how they make athletes feel will often be remembered…

12-Year-Old Burnout

12-Year-Old Burnout By Wes Simmons According to the National Alliance for Sports, a whopping 70 percent of kids who play competitive sports quit by age 13 due to burnout. As an 80’s and 90’s kid who LOVED sports, the idea of burning out at age 12 seems unfathomable to me. Things have changed. As a…

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…

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…

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…

Building a Culture of Trust

Building a Culture of Trust By Wes Simmons Building a culture of trust is imperative if we want our teams to reach their fullest potential. Excellence doesn’t happen by accident. Any sustainable success we achieve is directly related to the processes we conceive. Good processes are what drive good results, so we need to help…

Rights vs. Responsibilities

Rights vs. Responsibilities By Mitch Hull One of the most visible and talked about issues in our society today is bullying. This is not a new problem – just something that society has decided to become more proactive in addressing. We need to take a stronger stand as it has become easier and more pervasive.…

Locker Room Talk

Locker Room Talk By Mark Hull Have you ever received a gift in a really ugly package? I believe we as coaches just received one. Let me share with you what it is and how to open it. Through the various news networks, the internet and a multitude of social-media platforms, the public discourse of our…

A Life Well-Lived

A Life Well-Lived By Mark Hull It was a reminder of how fast time passes. I sat with my family at the funeral of a legendary coach and family friend. The most influential (and the most accomplished) coach in my life, Olympic medalist and Wrestling Hall of Fame member Russ Hellickson, got up to speak…

The Dark Side of Glory

The Dark Side of Glory By Mark Hull Every four years my sleep patterns get messed up for a fortnight as I allow the Summer Olympics to invade my everyday world. This past week I’ve relived the stories with friends who won medals and friends who were denied opportunity (1980 boycott). One story being written…

Frustrated Coaches

Frustrated Coaches By Mark Hull Not long ago, a top level women’s basketball coach left the coaching profession out of sheer frustration. On her way out she told us why: “Kids are not as coachable as they were years ago,” she told the Associated Press. “I see kids sometimes talking back to their coaches and…

Influencing the Influencers

Influencing The Influencers By Wes Simmons We’ve been helping coaches implement the 3Dimensional Coaching philosophy for many years now, and it’s having a powerful impact. Katie Gremar, a high school soccer coach in Illinois, shares part of her transformational journey below:  Anna* was new to the soccer team. She was a standout athlete, and she…

Powerbrokers of Sport

Powerbrokers of Sport By Wes Simmons Dr. Billy Graham once said, “One coach will impact more people in one year than the average person does in a lifetime.” While this weighty statement may be hard to empirically qualify, for those of us who have spent our lives in and around sport, we know there is…

Investing in the Culture You Want to Create

Investing in the Culture You Want to Create By Wes Simmons As leaders, it is our job to provide opportunities for the people we lead to grow. The most effective leaders commit to putting their people on personal growth plans that are designed to hone their strengths and improve their weaknesses. At the 3D Institute,…

Simplify

Simplify By Wes Simmons Things always tend to drift toward complexity. In an age of “more and more, faster and faster,” 3D Coaches need to be those who drive toward simplicity. How many times have you had this conversation in the past week? You greet an acquaintance, friend or family member with a cordial, “Hi,…

Transactional vs. Transformational Coaching

Transactional vs. Transformational Coaching By Mark Hull The two most powerful words in the English language are, “Coach says.” This however comes with a warning: Great power requires great character for that to be a blessing and not a curse. Words under the control of a transformational coach will build. The careless words of a transactional…

Recovering Honor in Sport

Recovering Honor in Sport By Mark Hull Correlation is not causation. Still, there’s a correlation that’s got me thinking. It all started with an article on the National Public Radio website titled, “The Secret to Japan’s Little League Success – 10 Hour Practice.” Here are a few outtakes: “This is the Japanese way of doing…

Just Let Them Play!

Just Let Them Play! By Mark Hull The school day came to an end and Coach D caught a young man exiting the front door. “How are you doing in class? Will I see you at the meeting? Let me know if you need any help!” Knowing that I spend time with most of the coaches in…