One Word

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Team Cohesion: This strategy could be categorized as either an “individual-relational” strategy or “group-relational” depending on how it is processed within the team setting. Character: One Word helps coaches/athletes place an intentional FOCUS on developing a certain aspect of their own character formation. Values: This strategy helps athletes process through their value system…

Sport Clinics

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: This strategy allows athletes the opportunity to leader model and peer model, which leads to self-modeling. Confidence: Athletes grow in confidence as they teach skills to younger athletes. Values: Athletes will experience the value of serving others. Purpose: Athletes learn to see a higher purpose for their skill development than personal gain as…

Journaling

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Depending on the specific writing exercises and what primary purposes the coach wants to accomplish through this strategy, journaling can strengthen coaches and athletes in all 3Dimensions. Season: In-Season Age Level: Kids need to be old enough to write Resources: Athletes need some form of notebook. For serious performance development of high school and college…

Lunch Room

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Team Cohesion: As Jeff Duke mentioned in the teaching on Team Cohesion, we need to have a strategy to connect the group relationally away from the field or court. This strategy helps athletes to not only be intentional about connecting with each other during meal times (group-relational), but also helps them include…

Note Writing

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: As Jeff Duke taught in the session on Motivation, we need to find ways to step into the home life of athletes. This strategy allows coaches to make a relational deposit into the lives of their athletes away from the sport. Team Cohesion: When it comes to creating an environment that…

A Question to Ask Every Parent

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: As Jeff Duke taught in the session on Motivation, an effective way to create intrinsic motivation is to implement a strategy to “step into the life of athletes away from the field to find out more about them.” Although this is non-physical, you are able to step into their world by…

A Question to Ask Every Parent

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: As Jeff Duke taught in the session on Motivation, an effective way to create intrinsic motivation is to implement a strategy to “step into the life of athletes away from the field to find out more about them.” Although this is non-physical, you are able to step into their world by…

An “Extra Practice” – Clean Your Room

3Dimensional Coaching principle: Motivation: This strategy can be tied to motivation. The extrinsic motivation was you telling them to do it. Ask how many of them felt good about it afterwards. That’s intrinsic motivation to do it again without being asked. Tell them to think about other things they can do without being asked. Significance: This…

Banquet Letters to Parents

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: As Jeff Duke taught in the session on Motivation, all of us are battling an entitlement mentality with today’s athletes that makes the primary motivation for playing sport extrinsic. This simple strategy takes the primary focus off of awards and trophies and places an emphasis on what is most important. Confidence:…

Cross the Line

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Team Cohesion: As Jeff Duke mentioned in the teaching on Team Cohesion, we need to have a group-relational strategy to help the team get to know each other beyond the sport/team context. Motivation: Jeff taught that a motivational strategy is to “step into the lives of athletes” away from the field or…

Canoe Trip

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Team Cohesion: Jeff taught in the Team Cohesion unit about the importance of having a group-relational strategy to get the team to come together. Character: As Mark taught in the session on Character, part of a coach’s job is to put kids in trying situations and help shepherd them towards perseverance, proven character, and…

Captains/Leaders Training

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Team Cohesion: Team Cohesion among the leadership of the team is vital if you want cohesion among the rest of the team. Character: If we want the athletes to demonstrate character (performance & moral) it has to be modeled by the coaches and captains. Purpose: Captains need to understand the coach’s transformational purpose for the…

Cell Phone Ban (Used Strategically)

3Dimensional Coaching principle: Team Cohesion: As Jeff Duke mentioned in the teaching on Team Cohesion, we need to have an individual-relational strategy to connect our players. Location/Facility: Team Meals & Other Strategic Situations Time: NA Season: In-Season Age Level: Any Overview: With the incredible advance and ever increasing availability of technology, we are struggling like never before to…

Ceremonies

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Identity: Sports are so formative in our lives that it is easy for athletes to develop a performance-based identity. Ceremonial markers are very formative in our lives as well. By strategically using ceremonial markers, coaches can help athletes understand that sports are what they DO, not who they ARE. Purpose: Ceremonies can be…

Codes of Conduct

3Dimensional Coaching principles:  Frustration comes from unmet expectations. This is true for coaches, athletes, and parents, so it’s important to “align the sails” of all parties involved with the program so you can unite together on a foundation of purpose. One of the most powerful ways to coach in the 3rd dimension is to demonstrate that…

Contemplation Exercises

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Character: If we want our athletes to display moral character and not just performance character, we must teach them how to cultivate empathy for others. This strategy helps them to see through the eyes of the “other.” Value & Self-Worth: By creating various case scenarios for athletes to think about in this guided imaginative…

FCA Camp

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: FCA Camp allows coaches and athletes to connect on a deeper level by exploring spirituality together. When relationships are strengthened, coaches and athletes become intrinsically motivated by force of love. Confidence: Athletes have an opportunity to see peers pursuing spiritual maturity which empowers them to confidently demonstrate their own core values…

FCA Huddles

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: FCA Huddles allow coaches and athletes to connect on a deeper level by exploring spirituality together. When relationships are strengthened, coaches and athletes become intrinsically motivated by the force of love. Confidence: Athletes have an opportunity to see peers pursuing spiritual maturity which empowers them to confidently demonstrate their own core…

Follow the Leader

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: This on-the-field strategy will help athletes move from extrinsic motivation to intrinsic motivation by learning to become “self-modelers.” Confidence: To help athletes establish confidence, they need to be able to see their peers who have a similar ability level as they do succeed at performing a task. Location/Facility: Practice facility Season: Pre-season, Off-season…

Food Kitchen

3Dimensional Coaching principle: When it comes to creating an environment that fosters team cohesion, it’s important to remember the “Team Cohesion matrix.” Individual-task Group-task Individual-relational Group-relational   As Jeff Duke mentioned in the teaching on Team Cohesion, the research shows that the most powerful group-relational strategies are those that create opportunities for teams to serve…

Helmet Awards

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Confidence: Part of creating confidence is creating opportunities for athletes to watch their peers succeed. While we definitely want to create these experiences for 1st dimension objectives, strategies like this help athletes gain confidence to excel at doing the right things off of the field as well. Team Cohesion: As Jeff Duke…

Home Visits

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: As Jeff Duke taught in the session on Motivation, if we want to motivate athletes from within, we need to be willing to capture their hearts by stepping into their lives away from the field. Purpose: After a coach defines his/her transformational purpose, that purpose must be clearly communicated to parents and…

Honor Calls

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Character: Character is forged in times of trial when display the moral courage and inner fortitude to do the right thing even if its unpopular or against conventional wisdom. Values: This strategy helps athletes process through their value system and gives them an opportunity to display those values in times of competition.…

Journaling

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Depending on the specific writing exercises and what primary purposes the coach wants to accomplish through this strategy, journaling can strengthen coaches and athletes in all 3Dimensions. Season: In-Season Age Level: Kids need to be old enough to write Resources: Athletes need some form of notebook. For serious performance development of high school and college…

Lesson Plans/Themes of the Week

3Dimensional Coaching principles: To fulfill our Transformational Purpose in coaching, we need to address the whole of our athletes’ beings. This should include a strategy to help athletes to grow in all of the 2nd and 3rd dimension attributes. A great way to facilitate growth in all of these areas is to utilize the various…

Lunch Room

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Team Cohesion: As Jeff Duke mentioned in the teaching on Team Cohesion, we need to have a strategy to connect the group relationally away from the field or court. This strategy helps athletes to not only be intentional about connecting with each other during meal times (group-relational), but also helps them include…

Masculinity/Femininity Issues

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Identity: At the heart of most of the social ills that we are facing as a society are the issues of false masculine and feminine identity. These resources empower coaches to help male and female athletes recognize and push back against the lies of the culture of what it means to be…

Mission Trips

3Dimensional Coaching principles: This strategy will foster growth in every 2nd & 3rd dimension area of need. Location/Facility: Find, identify, connect with an orphanage through a local church.   Time: 5- 7 days need to be identified before or during pre- season practice. Season: Pre-season Needed Resources: After identifying needs of the orphanage acquire the necessary…

Note Writing

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: As Jeff Duke taught in the session on Motivation, we need to find ways to step into the home life of athletes. This strategy allows coaches to make a relational deposit into the lives of their athletes away from the sport. Team Cohesion: When it comes to creating an environment that…

Nursing Home Outreach

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Team Cohesion: As Jeff Duke mentioned in this teaching on Team Cohesion, we need to have a group-relational strategy to connect the group relationally. The best way to do this is to create opportunities for your athletes to serve away from the field or court. Purpose: Allows athletes to give themselves to…

Put Ups

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: As Jeff Duke taught in the session on Motivation, an effective way to create intrinsic motivation is to implement a strategy for modeling. This allows for peer-modeling in a powerful way because kids are afforded the opportunity to model seeing and verbalizing what is RIGHT for their peers. This feeds into…

Slip N Slide

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: When kids are having fun on a playground, they are motivated to play hard even though there are no extrinsic rewards like trophies or potential scholarships. By creating a strategy to take the playground to the practice field, we can undermine unhealthy extrinsic motivation and an entitlement mentality by allowing the…

Spotlight Drill

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: As Jeff Duke taught in the session on Motivation, an effective way to create intrinsic motivation is to implement a strategy for modeling. This allows for peer-modeling in a powerful way because kids are afforded the opportunity to model seeing and verbalizing what is RIGHT about their peers. This feeds into…

Spring Clean Up

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Team Cohesion: Along with individual-task and group-task, a 3D Coach needs to have an individual-relational and GROUP-RELATIONAL strategy. Creating opportunities for your team to serve others is a great group-relational strategy. Identity: Many athletes desire to be identified as “great” because of their ability to perform in the 1st dimension. An unhealthy pursuit…

Sticky Notes

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: This strategy helps coaches ascertain information about what is going on in the lives of athletes away from the game. This empowers coaches to be able to step into the athlete’s life in a strategic and effective way to demonstrate their willingness to care and help. Capture their heart, and motivation…

Tag, You’re It!

3Dimensional Coaching principles: Motivation: When athletes are having fun, they are motivated to work harder. Emotions: Coaches need to have a level 2 strategy for dealing with the emotions of the athletes on the team. This strategy helps to create the positive-helpful emotion of JOY and to combat the positive-harmful emotion of COMPLACENCY. Location/Facility: Practice Facility Season: In-Season…

Upside-Down

3Dimensional Coaching principle: Emotions: Coaches need to have a level 2 strategy for dealing with the emotions of the athletes on the team. This strategy helps to create the positive-helpful emotion of JOY and to combat the positive-harmful emotion of COMPLACENCY. Location/Facility: Practice Facility Season: In-Season Age Level: Any Overview: In a team sport where you have different…