Essential Elements For Creating A “Football Family”
© April, 2005
by Robert Allman Head Football Coach, The Haverford School, Haverford, Pa.
TO BUILD TOGETHERNESS and a championship attitude, our football program adopted the slogan, “We are one family with one destiny.” Successful programs build and maintain a sense of togetherness — this is the driving force that makes them so successful.
Our coaching staff consistently emphasizes to our players that we’re all in this together and that we must work together to achieve our goals. Everyone must somehow and in some way contribute to the success of the program.
For this to happen, we need to be clear about how each individual can contribute. This means the coaching staff must communicate the idea that each player has the potential to contribute something special to our football program and is valued as both a team and family member by all people within the football organization. This type of atmosphere makes it rewarding for athletes of all skill levels. We remind students that they have a commitment to the team, and in return, the football program has a commitment to the player. It’s a two-way street.
Building Commitment, Team Unity
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