“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke
Legendary University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has a philosophy that aligns with that famous quote. He shared his perspective at a press conference when speaking about how he expects his players to act.
He said he expects them to be positive, passionate team players, whether they are in the game or on the bench. He and his coaching staff put a “huge premium on body language” and it impacts whether girls get in the game.
This two and a half minute video is absolutely worth watching with your teens and tweens.
Auriemma’s approach is clearly successful. The UConn women’s basketball program is incredible, with a 109-game winning streak and having won a record 11 NCAA Division I National Championships, including taking home the title for the last four years.
This video is great for anyone who participates in any kind of team of group activity. Focusing on being a good teammate and doing what’s best for the group is a much better path to success than the “me, me, me” mentality that Auriemma says is so prevalent today.
I watched with my teen and we talked about different teams she’s been on, and whether their success correlates with the approach of the team as a whole. It was interesting to get her perspective.
At the risk of sounding like a spy or a lyricist for The Police, I’ve been telling my teen for years that she’s being watched.
I want her to know that her behavior matters, and that you never know when someone will notice. This also goes along with the idea of how you do one thing is how you do everything and that you have to be committed at all times, not just when you think the spotlight is on you.
Auriemma’s discussion of how he notes behavior the bench when watching game film reinforces that idea.
I think all kids can benefit from a reminder to be a team player, be positive, be engaged, and always do your best.
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