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Beating the Odds

Before Drills

I just attended the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ annual clinic in San Antonio. Sue Semrau, coach of the women’s team at Florida State, gave a knockout talk on “Building a Program.”

She relayed one of the best quotes I’ve ever heard.

“If you’re going to build ships, don’t hand out wood and nails, or divide up tasks or give orders. Instead, instill a yearning for the vast and endless sea.”

Wow. In other words, before you do drills and create systems, make it a priority to fill your athletes with love for the task. Great advice for coaches, bosses and teachers.

Thank you, coach.

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Mike Tully speaks to sports, business and educational groups. He also works with coaches, athletes and teams to make their practice time more productive and efficient. He and Gary Pritchard are co-authors of “Ten Things Great Coaches Know.” You can follow Coach Tully on Twitter at coachtully@twitter.com


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