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Developing a Team Philosophy

Posted by Giovanni Pacini, Goalkeeper Academy Staff on Feb 12, 2013 in Education 2 Comments

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Every team as part of its organization must have a team philosophy and core values.

My fascination with this came from Pat Riley when he was coaching the LA Lakers during glamour days of Magic Johnson back in the 1980s. He was intrinsically aware that even with the abundance of talent he had, it was vitally important that they all believed in something greater than any one of the them or they as an entire entity. Magic Johnson’s quote “Ask not what the team can do for you, but what can you do for the team” exemplified this mindset.

Below, you will find the philosophy and core values I have laid out for my collegiate team. The players are not only expected to know the core values, but more importantly, what they mean.

The Lasell College Men's Soccer Philosophy

The foundation of the Lasell College Men's Soccer Program is defined in our core values. Each member of the team is expected to understand that no one player is bigger than the team. The players are parts to what makes up the team as a whole. No player should allow themselves to become the weak link in the team chain. The age old adage that says- “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” is very true. The Lasell program has been designed for the high level player who is committed to achieving the highest of standards in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. Student-athletes who commit to the soccer program are ones who have the skills and desire to achieve championship results. We will always strive to be among the very best. Our goals each year are clear- a winning season, capture the league championship, and qualify for the NCAA championship tournament. Our championship mentality expects nothing less.

The Lasell College Men's Soccer Core Values

-- The team is always most important.
-- No one is greater than the team.
-- I will never be the weak link on the team.
-- I will always prepare to compete at the highest level.
-- Hard, intelligent, and relentless work is the way to winning.
-- Pressure is never the enemy; it is the motivation to be my best.
-- I will always keep a positive attitude.

If you are looking for more information about team philosophy, visit the Online Resource Library and download Coaching and the Clock, an article discussing how a team's philosophy and tactics may change depending on the time that's on the clock and game situation.

Giovanni Pacini is the NSCAA Massachusetts and New Hampshire State Technical Coordinator, Chairman of the NSCAA Technical Committee, and member of both the NSCAA National and National Goalkeeper Academy Staffs. He is also the head men’s soccer coach at Lasell College and directs Make The Save Goalkeeper Training.

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    • Robert Dale
    • 02/13/2013 09:08am

    Aye,Aye,Aye.....please don't credit that quote to Magic Johnson!

    • James Mundia
    • 02/13/2013 02:44pm

    Giovanni, thanks for the good article and the link. I think this is increasingly important at the college level since the players want to have a defined role and input into what the team does. Having a clear set of values for them to refer to (and perhaps even help create) can help accomplish that. I look forward to trying this out with my team this season. James