Tipp XC Philosophy
ETA was introduced during the 2014 championship season. As an athlete and coach of multiple sports, I finally came to the realization there are very few things you can actually control. I narrowed this delicate quantity down to 3 measurable and controllable aspects.
EFFORTAn athlete can always control how intense and the level of effort in which they approach their own training, preparation, and competition. One of my favorite quotes reads,
"You can fool yourself by how hard your working!" There's always another level you can tap into...a level that transcends your current performance level. Some athletes never reach this level of effort and intensity. Some are too afraid to push themselves...for fear of failure, or pain, or frailty. My job as a coach is to motivate my athletes to tap into that level of "athletic bliss". The level that is often descreibed as "full throttle". The level in which your heart tells your brain to shut up and keep going and go even harder. The more often you "tap into" this level; the more difficult it is for an opponent to match you effort and intensity. This is what we want to become the "norm" at Tipp XC. It all begins in the summer. For more information about our summer program, click here.
An athlete can control what type of teammate they are and how they impact the team in general. Selfishness and jealousy are the primary enemies involved within a team. They can destroy team unity and foster an attitude of resentment and division amongst the team. I've seen it, unfortunately, have experienced it as an athlete and a coach. Another one of favorite quotes,
"It's amazing what you can accomplish if no one is concerned who gets the credit". I often tell our team, "Everyone Matters". What does this mean? You care....you listen....you comfort....you encourage...you congratulate...then you will ultimately celebrate! We promote a family atmosphere. Face it...this sport is tough enough. We want to go into competition knowing that our teammates have our backs..more importantly our hearts.
I have to admit something. As an athlete, I did not always have a good attitude. I could pout when things didn't go my way. I was overly competitive and could intimidate my teammates. Fortunately, I had some amazing coaches that challenged me to change. I did and I saw immediate results. Not only did my performance improve, but so did my teammates. The most important thing I learned is to respect the sport. Respect running...even the goofy warmup drills and core workouts. Why? If you don't, you're vulverable for a serious let down, injury, or "dragging your teammates down". If you pout too much about your bad race, you might miss out on something important....one of your teammates may had the race of your their life. Just maybe...you could celebrate with them. If you do, chances are your "epic performance" will come soon, and they'll be just as happy for your success as you. One last quote from a poster many teachers have in their classrooms,
"Attitudes are contagious; is yours worth catching."