BUILDING A REAL TEAM – Chad Longworth Velo Shop


A few years ago I attending a coaching clinic with one of my mentor coaches as many of you have, I was looking for 1 or 2 gold nuggets to help me provide more value for my players in their plans and our team in our goals.  When I sat down to listen to Gary Gilmore, Head Baseball Coach at Coastal Carolina, talk about a team building program he used for his program little did I know this was exactly the nugget that would eventually lead our team over the hump we had been stuck on and into a championship run.  I will speak alot about John Maxwell, but his 18 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork  should be the corner stone of every program in the country all the way from youth through the highest level D1.   I will take the next few emails to outline a couple samples and exerts from the book.  If you don’t have it, Click the above and below links and buy it right now from Amazon.

The Law of the Niche

“ All players have a place where they add the most value”

  • Good things happen when a player takes where he or she adds he most value.  Great things happen when all the players on the team take the role that maximizes their strengths;  their talent, skills, and experience.
  • Everyone wants to be the “go-to-guy”, yet with all the right people in all the right places everyone is a “go-to-guy” but “One is too small a number to achieve greatness”
  • Finding you Niche is not an easy thing to do, here are a few things that you should follow
  1. Get to know yourself:  You won’t be able to find your niche until you have honestly identified your strengths and weakness.  Do what it takes to remove personal blind spots.
  2. Trust your leader:  A good leader will help you in getting started in the right direction.  If you don’t trust your leader, look for another team.
  3. Look at the Big Picture:  Your place on the team only makes sense if it is working along with the big picture.  If your only motivation for finding your niche is personal gain, your poor motives may prevent you from discovering what you desire.

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