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Sport Should Teach Life Lessons

Sport teaches us lessons of life.

The video embraces the greater message that sports sole purpose is not about winning or losing. Sport teaches us something else, it teaches us to become better human beings.

I know Mike Boyle has read Joe Ehrmann’s book ‘InsideOut Coaching’ this video cements Joe’s message.

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If you watch this you will be well on your way to a great day today.

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Boys to Men

Boys To Men

respect fa imageIn the changing rooms on Thursday I said I would post something on my blog regarding my role as coach-teacher on the subject of learning how to be a man. There are some notes taken from Joe Ehrmann’s book ‘InsideOut Coaching’.

Here is one of my roles as coach-teacher:

  • Model and teach respect toward the opposite sex and the value of self-respect and respectful relationships

halloween 2012Self Respect And Respectful Relationships

I would like to make people aware of the frightening statistics regarding relationships. These are from Liz Claiborne, Inc’s ‘Love is not abuse program:

1. 50% of teenagers in a serious relationship have compromised personal beliefs to please a partner

2. 45% of teen girls know someone who has been pressured or forced into having intercourse or oral sex

3. 33% of teens experience some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships including verbal and emotional abuse

4. 27% of teenagers have been in a dating relationship in which a partner has engaged in name calling and disrespect

5. 20% of teenagers report having been hit, slapped or pushed by a partner

6. 20% of teenage girls are physically or sexually hurt by a dating partner

Add in the growing epidemic of dating abuse via technology, sexting and social media and the statistics are even more frightening.


Through the football we play at Collingham Football Club we need to learn to respect ourselves and others. That includes our teammates and our opposiCRFCtion.


Sport can be a powerful way in which to learn respect. This can have a direct impact on our relationships.


I will leave you with this quote from Joe Ehrmann:

“A team is defined by the quality of its relationships and the commitment to its cause. Every team has a common purpose, performance goals and objectives. In addition, every team has a mutually accountable work ethic and is built on the trust, respect and integrity of every team member” 

My Aim Is For You To Transform Your Life

InsideOut bookI am at present reading Joe Ehrmann’s ‘InsideOut Coaching’. This book was highly recommended by Mike Boyle.
I am over half way reading and making notes from this book. Although I haven’t finished it I am already absorbing the powerful message. I have to admit I have been left feeling a little confused to how I can become a transformational coach. How do I put this into practise? To my amazement I have already started. I was talking to a manager of a youth under 7 football team who said they are looking for someone to help out running the team. They told me that the aim was to win. My message to this coach was; win, lose or draw, the aim should be to love the game.
A brief synopsis of this book in my words: Joe Ehrmann was a professional athlete for 13 years. He played American football for the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Colts. He was known as a ruthless player and a party man. This story tells of his battle with himself, drugs, and physical and emotional abuse.
Throughout his time as an athlete he had many coaches, good and bad. Joe draws on a diverse range of characters for his coaching inspiration.
His aim is to educates athletes, coaches, parents, teachers to become transformational coaches. Joe states that the biggest influence on a child, second to their parents, are coaches or teachers.

I highly recommend reading this book by Joe Ehrmann ‘InsideOut Coaching’.

Here is a link below to his website:

Further information on Specialisation in Sports and 10,000 hours theory.

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I just read an article in which Kim McCullough ( a former MBSC intern by the way) talked about the difficulty of balancing the concept of early specialization with the concept of 10,000 hours needed for expert status. If we really need to accumulate 10,000 hours to become an expert in any discipline then it would appear we need to start very young? However on the flip side, all the expert experience seems to point away from early specialization in one sport? Who’s right?

Kim quoted a Scandinavian study that showed that elite performers cranked up the hours between ages 15 and 18? How and why is this significant? I think potentially in three ways:

1- Non specialized hours count early. All movement counts toward the 10,000 hours from ages 5-15. If  mastery of a particular sport is the goal it is not about hours of that particular sport but…

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