Team Bonding

What happens when a new player comes into your team? Just imagine for a second that you are a player, showing up for practice as usual and all of a sudden there’s a new face next to you in the dressing room. You shake this persons hand and present yourself and maybe ask a couple of questions that leads you to conclude that you have a new teammate.  The players on your team are used to talk about certain topics, they do this in a certain way and they have become so used to each others body language that they … Continue reading Team Bonding

Coaching Convention

For the third straight year I attended the “Soccer Coaching Convention” in Chicago last week. It’s a fascinating event with its size and the amount of coaches that attend. The scale of the event is huge and the locations are so big that you get enough exercise just walking through the convention hall once. This year it was reported that it was over 14.000 coaches attending, I’m not sure where they all were, but it sure was a lot of people continuously walking around. The question is what they were searching for during these days. For me, before traveling to … Continue reading Coaching Convention

Team Culture

We have all heard players and coaches who have just won a big game or a championship talk about the incredible team culture that made them persevere and reach this pinnacle of their careers. They often speak about their team culture with great pride and with an aura of mysticism.  As a coach you want to create a good team culture, whatever that might be, but it’s probably a team culture that increases the chance of your team winning more games. You’ve read about great teams and great coaches who’ve been able to install a team culture that produced results. … Continue reading Team Culture

Prisoner’s Dilemma and Teams

There’s a simple gambling game called the Prisoner’s Dilemma that is played by two players against each other with a banker who pays out winnings to the two players based on the outcome. Outcome 1 is both players cooperating and getting paid $300 each. In outcome 2 both players defect and is fined $10 each. Outcome 3 is when you cooperate and the other player defects, with the banker paying the other player $500 (for the temptation) and fines you $100 for being a sucker. In outcome 4, the last one, you defect and the other player cooperates with the … Continue reading Prisoner’s Dilemma and Teams