Counsel for Implementing Competing Biblically

THIS WAS MY COUNSEL TO A COLLEGE COACH WHO IS IMPLEMENTING THE PHILOSOPHY OF “COMPETING BIBLICALLY”

WE MAY OF COURSE AGREE TO DISAGREE ON THE BELOW – NONETHELESS, WORTH CHEWING UPON THE ISSUES
KESS
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A COLLEGE HEAD COACH HAD SAID (IN RED FONT)

What would you do with guys that are hard hearted but respectable and hard workers. I have a few guys that are great to my face and work hard but it is obvious that they are not onboard and are pretty influential.
QUESTIONS
IN WHAT WAYS INFLUENTIAL?

DO THEY STEER OTHER PLAYERS AWAY FROM THE PROGRAM GOALS?

ARE THEY INFLUENTIAL “AGAINST” THE PROGRAM BY WHAT THEY SAY/DO?
OR DO THEY KEEP TO THEMSELVES AND YOU SIMPLY “KNOW” THEY HAVE NOT BOUGHT IN. HOWEVER, THEY ARE NOT INFLUENCING PLAYERS AWAY
ARE THEY MOVING THE PROGRAM BACKWARDS OR ARE THEY NEUTRAL AT SOME LEVEL……NEITHER HELPING OR HURTING, SIMPLY GOING ALONG WITH THINGS AND “DOING THEIR JOB” BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO CHOICE, EVEN IF THEY DISAGREE WITH THE PROGRAM DIRECTION
ARE THEY CREATING “DRAG” TO THE PROGRAM IN ANY WAY?
A SECOND COACH COMMENTED ON THE INITIAL QUESTION ABOVE  (in small text/purple font, and I RESPOND IN LARGE TEXT BLUE FONT BELOW)
Here is my (teams) example. While we always have knuckleheads and guys that may not buy in right away, the ones who don’t usually leave on their own with enough pressure.

I WOULD AGREE IN THE VAST MAJORITY OF CASES. SOME UPPER CLASSMEN WILL HANG ON SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE ALMOST “DONE”, WANT TO PLAY, AND SIMPLY PUT UP WITH IT

I think for us the key is being patient with new guys and then needing to be relatively ruthless with older guys who have had time to adjust and make a decision about buy in.

VERY WELL SAID AS A GENERAL POINT

PRAY THAT GUYS “SMOKE OUT” AND GET ON BOARD OR GO
AND IF THEY ARE PULLING PLAYERS AT ALL AWAY FROM BUYING IN……….THAT IS A CONVERSATION OF CHALLENGE WITH THE PLAYERS IN QUESTION (GET IN OR GET OUT OR GET GOING)
DO NOT SACRIFICE THE WHOLE FOR THE ONE (A LITTLE LEAVEN LEAVENS THE WHOLE BATCH). MAKE SURE THE CORE IS PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS.
* THIS IS NOT IN CONFLICT WITH THE GOSPELS AND JESUS GOING AFTER THE ONE LOST SHEEP. WHEN JESUS WENT AFTER THE LOST ONE, THERE IS NO SENSE THAT HE PUT THE 99 IN JEOPARDY TO DO SO
YOU ARE IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS; YOU ARE NOT A HOSPITAL
I had two very bad seeds ( we did not know it at the time ) who played as true freshmen and we worked with them for some time.  They were not great players so I am not even sure why I was so serious about keeping them around… but they became very influential as they got older. I suppose somewhere around 2ndsemester sophomore year I knew they were not going to be adding to our team in anyway but for some reason kept them around. Social trouble, grades, eventually drugs. I tried to work with them and do all kinds of management stuff. In the end one was kicked out last Feb. and the one who came back to finish out his 5th year this season ended up being mutually kicked off/quit the team mid season this year.  I attribute most of our really bad team dynamic last year to those two guys and I attribute most of our really good team dynamic this year to both being gone.

WOW

VERY LEGIT REALITY AND INSTRUCTIVE OF WHAT WAS SAID ABOVE, I BELIEVE
GOOD HEARTED COACHES ARE OFTEN “TOO PATIENT” WITH NON BUY-IN PLAYERS
I HAVE EVOLVED TO SAY MUCH SOONER THAN IN THE PAST; “I LOVE YOU. THIS IS WHERE WE ARE GOING, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU. GET IN OR GET OUT”.
At the end of the day playing with guys you don’t mind losing with is best for all involved

AGREED

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Easier said than done.

YES, A LEGIT TENSION, IN PARTICULAR WHEN “WINNING” IS THE PRESSURE YOU FEEL/FACE, INTERNALLY OR EXTERNALLY

BOTTOM LINES –

1) HAVE CONVICTION/KNOW WHAT YOU BELIEVE

2) BE RUTHLESS ABOUT THE VISION GOD HAS GIVEN YOU
3) LOVE PEOPLE, FIRST AND FOREMOST
4) NO COMPROMISE (THE TEAM IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE INDIVIDUAL)
HOPE THAT MAKE SENSE
KESS
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