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You Don't Have to Take it - SAVI Performance - Issue #40

SAVI Performance
Have you ever felt like you’re trying to solve a puzzle without all the pieces? Coaching can feel like a constant compromise where it’s impossible to keep everyone happy.
Much too often, you feel like you’re chasing everyone else’s needs instead of following your north star.
I know you sacrifice and obsess over how best to build an excellent program and yet there’s always someone that’s still unhappy.
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but - you don’t have to take it.
It’s time to take back your team and stop making decisions from a place of fear! Now is the time to lead from the heart, tell the truth and enjoy coaching like never before.
I’ve taught 20,000 athletes and coaches how to think the game over the past 13 years. In my former role with PGC Basketball, I thought I’d seen it all.
In the last year I’ve dedicated myself to helping coaches, in the trenches of their programs. I’ve worked with coaches that are begging players to play, dealing with entitled parents and living in fear of a coupe from assistants that think they know better.
My heart breaks for the coaches that toil for little pay and less gratitude. I’m sick that so many coaches are paralyzed by fear and frustrated by the environment in which the serve.
Coach, there’s a better way…
You can take your program back and create something you are proud of, and better yet, you can make coaching fun again.
I’m Tyler and I’m here to help.

Give Your Best
Commit to give your absolute best in service to your program.
Don’t fixate on the results. Commit to excellence in all that you do and you can hold your head high as you walk into any room with clear eyes and a full heart.
Tell The Truth
Much of your pain is a result of things you know and do not do.
You will suffer in direct proportion to how long you postpone telling players, parents and administration the truth.
Truth telling gains others’ respect. When you capitulate to complaint, you lose the program.
Become Un-Offendable
Realize that the opinions of others has nothing to do with you - it is merely result of their own reality.
When you no longer take things personally, you will cease to be a victim of others actions. That freedom will eliminate needless suffering.
Don't Compromise
High standards will scare off low achievers. Lower your standards and you will lose the high achievers. The moment you compromise your standards, you’ve told your team what you’ll allow.
That which you allow, you encourage.
Normalize Conflict
Friction is good! Teams that are scared to disagree aren’t going anywhere special. Set the rules for respectful disagreement. Model it and game it out. Have tough conversations early and often.
Adversity creates friction. Friction develops grit.
Gritty teams win.
Data Driven Decisions
Be sure you have objective evidence for all your decisions.
This will help you eliminate your own blind spots. And at the same time, allow you to know and share your WHY with players and parents.
If you do it, measure it.
Opt-in Over Buy-in
If you wait for others to buy-in, you are basing your game on hope and you will constantly be disappointed and frustrated. Instead offer choice.
Give your program the option to commit to your standards, then they choose the contract. You’re only holding them accountable to their own commitment.
Autonomy wins.
Painful Consequence
Human beings will do more to avoid pain than they will to achieve pleasure.
When people fall short of team standards or don’t fulfill a commitment, be sure to deliver the agreed upon consequence.
It should hurt, badly.
Raise The Stakes
Every season you must be prepared to lose 10% of your team.
The “cost” of participation must go up. Your program is either being influenced by the top 10% or the bottom 10%. Make it too “expensive” for the bottom 10% to stick around.
Go All In or Move On
Identity Commits. Once you are clear on who you are as a coach and what it means to be a part of your program, don’t hold back!
Excellence has no use for half measures.
Commit to the act like a criminal commits to a crime.
I know this is an uncompromising word.
It might scare you… and it should.
You should question whether you can do it.
You should wonder if you have the resolve necessary to lead a program to excellence. You may decide that it’s not for you - that’s ok.
You can still love and serve your program. You will just fall short of excellence and constantly have to deal with complaining. You must be prepared to carry the water until you quit from the exhaustion and frustration of trying to cater to everyone’s vision but your own.
I hope this helps, if you want more ideas and practical wisdom on how to become a SAVI coach, just reply to this email.
I’m here to help.
Tyler Coston
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