Category Archive: Coach Wade Salem

Mar 27

Bracketology: Breaking down the Final Four

It is that time of year for sports – March Madness with its brackets and the road to the “Final Four”. Just think of all the games, the teams, the excitement and bracket busters! With that in mind it brings me to a thought for coaches – what do your brackets look like on the …

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Mar 11

Time to ENDURE

Be a Finisher!

Character Matters Timeout: ENDURE Coach “Do not grow tired of doing well, for at the proper time you will receive the rewards if you do not give up.” It has been said “It’s not how you start the race but how you finish.” This has been a staple of sports since sports originated. In order …

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Feb 15

It Matters

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It Matters Every single issue you deal with today is a character issue. We live in a day when “image” is more important than character and “style” counts more than substance. We tend look at outward appearances and ignore the essential qualities that lead to excellence. It’s time to change our priorities. What are you …

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Feb 01

Do Your Players LEARN

Be a Teacher of the Game!

Quality: LEARN You coach so your players can learn. It is absolutely necessary to be coachable in order for a player to find success. To learn is to gain knowledge and knowledge is power. Your players need to fully understand the skill through study and experience. In order to find success, you want your players …

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Dec 13

“Am I doing what’s right?”

Am I doing what’s right? “Am I doing what is right?” This is the question many coaches ask at the end of a season. Many try to justify the answer with wins and losses, but that is a futile pursuit. Instead, here are six questions that will help determine the “Real” success of your season: …

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Dec 03

Quality: NOBLE

Is your program a "Character Factory"?

Quality: NOBLE To be noble is to be outstanding. The best and excellent, all of which make up the “Inside Stuff” that is necessary for greatness. To be noble is to possess outstanding qualities. Qualities of superior nature, especially in character. A noble player will always aim to do what is right. Noble character leads …

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Nov 19

Character Matters TIMEOUT: Gratitude

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Coach The Quality “Gratitude” is something we need to demonstrate more consistently beside just Thanksgiving! The definition is “to make known to others in what ways they have benefited my life.” The mindset that stands out to me is “Appreciate vs. Take for granted”. Let us not take anyone for granted that has benefited our …

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Oct 09

Welcome to October – Battle of the 3 F’s

Welcome to October!! The Great Divide of the Season. It is time to either survive or Thrive. It’s time for the Battle of the 3 F’s. The big question is how will we go about the rest of the season, regardless of the record? For many teams the season is over and they will just …

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Oct 05

Character Matters Timeout: PATIENCE

PATIENCE Coach One of the greatest qualities we can have as a coach is Patience. Patience is not the same as indifference, it conveys the idea of someone who is tremendously strong and able to withstand all assaults and rise above it (preparation, players, practice, parents, people, etc) with class. When you choose to be …

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Oct 05

Character Matters Timeout: ENERGY

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For all activities in life, energy is needed. Energy is the fuel behind your efforts, driving you to your goals. Energy puts the human will into action. Energy in sport can also be conceptualized as “passion.” Energy is a vigorous action, a capacity for performing work; however, energy can be directed in a positive manner …

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