AND I DON’T KNOW HOW DESCRIBE MY EXCITEMENT. I THOUGHT MY NET DIED AS I WAS GETTING THEM AND I WAS STRESSING THE FUCK OUT. AND I MISSED A COUPLE OF CLASSES CAUSE I WAS WAITING IN A FUCKING QUEUE FOR AGES ONLINE EVEN THOUGH I HIT BUY NOW SO FAST. AND AHH. I GOT SOME. My friends better appreciate me getting them too, It is so stressful buying tickets for something selling out fast.
One of the world’s leading Athletic Development (aka Strength and Conditioning) coaches, Vern Gambetta gives his thoughts on the root of winning teams — a winning culture.
The root of successful teams is the culture. It is not something that just magically happens. Like talent a winning culture is grown, encouraged and nurtured.
What exactly is it? Honestly I can’t quite put my finger on it. You know it when you see it, you can sense it, it is a feeling, sometimes a state of mind. It is not inspirational signs all over the walls, or t-shirts with slogans, it is a way of getting it done everyday in a workmanlike manner without fanfare. It can be changed both for the better and for worse. It is not something you can take for granted.
Look around at coaches who have successful teams and individuals they get it. It is doing the little things consistently well. It is how you wear the uniform. How you fail as well as how you win. It certainly is not facilities. It is people, a way of life in sport that fosters a sense of confidence without being cocky. It may be intangible but you know it is there.
This year’s 2012 Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs went to the extent of developing their own team haka. It wasn’t performed pre-match like other NZ school and representative sides but it was obviously used as a tool to foster a sense of belonging within the group.
You may not need a haka. But you do need to develop your own unique culture.