Steve Spurrier, University of Florida, Notes from Portland
NIKE Clinic 1998
all players fairly. The way they've earned and deserved
to be treated
not demand too much from the lesser talented.
criticizing a player, say something positive to bring
him back the next day.
criticizing say something like, "You're too good a player
to do something stupid like that."
your players every chance that they deserve to be supported.
you must criticize, do it to the player's face.
worst thing is to blame the players. Say, "We did not
coach well enough to beat these guys."
Ross told his assistants not to blame the players because:
"You're the dumb ass that put that player on the field."
all players feel important
unity can be judged by the behavior of sideline players.
your players to be the best they can be. Strive to be
Coach, Coach and Coach some more before you criticize
in Control - cannot lose your temper.
plans are very important - know what you're doing each practice
well organized and keep your players moving.
practice fun for the players.
the FUNdamentals everyday.
your players learn is more important than what you know.
is contagious - Practice it every day
are the most important factor that you can coach/teach.
get away from Every Day Drills.
should never criticize another coach or argue with another
coach in front of another coach or in front of the players
allow a player to talk negatively about another player
concerned about injuries to all players not just the starters.
the game safe for the players.
ever allow a player to loaf - no matter who he is. Put him
on the bench
ever threaten a player unless you mean to back it up.
You lose control if you do not back things up.
and demand that players do well in the classroom.
the game fun for your players
the team so well prepared that their decisions come automatically.
not berate the refs - You cannot make this a habit. Sometimes
it might be OK in supporting the players. Do not use foul
language in front of players. Be willing to suspend or remove
a star player if he is disruptive to the team. Be open to
new ideas and techniques that can make the team more successful.
Listen to your players - don't do all the talking. Maintain
a balance between a friend and the Boss.
you're a good coach, your former players will want to come
back to visit and stay in touch. They will feel very comfortable
around your current players. Honesty is the centerpiece
of a coach/player relationship.
priorities must be God, family, football.
you're a good coach, your players will play very close to
how you teach them to play.