Your Influence in Times Like This

Coach, the influence you have is likely more extensive than you realize.  What you say and do certainly impacts your players.  It can also affect fellow coaches, parents, and community members who know who you are because of your role as coach.  When something significant happens in the community, nation, or world, people take notice of how you respond. As …

Fighting Fatigue

If we’re honest, most of us are tired of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.  We realize that our fatigue pales in comparison with that experienced by health care professionals and others who are battling COVID-19 on the front lines.  We’re deeply grateful for their heroic efforts.  Our weariness is different, but it’s still there as we wonder when life, including …

Coaching the Tongue

In the ESPN documentary series The Last Dance, we hear Chicago Bulls’ GM Jerry Krause claim, “There’s no backstabbing going on here.”  This was clearly not true.  Sadly, the problem of speaking harmfully about others behind their backs is not just something that happened with the 1997-98 Bulls.  It happens far more widely in sports and in life.  Perhaps it …

Relentless

In a recent “Sports Spectrum” podcast, Jason Romano interviewed Tom Allen, head football coach at Indiana University.  Last fall IU had its best football season in over 25 years.  A vibrant follower of Christ, Coach Allen talked about how he builds team culture using biblical principles.  This year one of the values he’s emphasizing with his team is being relentless. …

Living in the Present

The continuing situation created by the coronavirus pandemic makes it tempting as a coach to adopt the same “survive and advance” mentality you have at tournament time.  You just try to survive the present game/match so that you can advance to a better game/match.  During the pandemic, you’re just trying to survive the present situation (including the lack of sports) …

What About the Future?

Questions are swirling about what will happen with sports in the foreseeable future.  Will sports resume at some point this summer?  Could the fall sports season be postponed or even canceled?  Is it possible that there won’t be any sports at all for the next year?  As a coach, it’s easy to get sucked into anxious speculation about the future.  …

Patience

“Patience is a virtue” – but it’s certainly not easy in many coaching situations.  You’ve probably faced times when wins aren’t coming as fast as you’d like or your team isn’t improving at quite the pace you’d hoped.  Perhaps you’re in one of those situations right now as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues.  Many of us are finding …

Jesus’ resurrection matters for our purpose

1. How would you define your purpose in life?  How does this understanding of your purpose impact how you play or coach sports? In a recent FCA huddle, three former college athletes who are now all coaches emphasized this point to the current athletes present: “Take advantage of the platform sports gives you for the Lord!”  What exactly did they …

Jesus’ resurrection matters for our work

1. When working on something, when do you feel most motivated to do this for Christ?  What hinders you at other times from feeling like you’re working for Christ? “No plays off.”  “Go hard or go home.”  These are mantras that coaches and athletes abide by.  They capture an essential element of what it takes to be successful in sports.  …

Jesus’ resurrection matters for our trials

1. When you encounter trials, how might Jesus’ resurrection make a difference in your experience of these difficulties and what results from these trials? Have you ever had a game (or maybe even a season) in which it seemed like everything that could go wrong does go wrong?  It’s tempting in situations like that to ask, “Why me?  Why do …