Do you have a “Wall of Culture”? Or even a board? Or a paper?
I know ‘culture’ is the ‘it’ word nowadays … every coach using it to emphasize the ‘culture’ they want for their program. Nothing wrong with the word…it’s just used a lot :) Basically, it’s your philosophy. But culture is so millenial :)
Coach Porter Moser has a ‘wall of culture’ at Loyola-Chicago and, well, it must be helpful as they just made the NCAA D1 Tournament for the first time in over 30 years!
Anyhow, I think this is a great idea for coaches to do with their program. Maybe you can’t paint a wall, but you can certainly share words, terms, and phrases that are important to your philosophy or culture. At the very least, it’s a great way for players to learn a bit deeper.
Here’s a snippet…then read on and watch the video at the Chicago Tribune article…
In the middle of the Loyola basketball locker room, Aher Uguak sat quietly dressing for practice until his coach put the player on the spot.
“Shadow,’’ Porter Moser shouted to Uguak, a transfer from New Mexico sitting out this season. “What does that mean, Aher?”
Uguak stood up, all 6 feet 7 of him, to demonstrate. First, he located the writing on Loyola’s “Wall of Culture,” a collection of individually painted basketball words and phrases in capital letters that serve as daily subliminal reminders, like personal Post-It notes players take pride in memorizing. SHADOW.
“Shadow means when the offensive player is dribbling up against a main defender guarding him, and a help defender is shadowing him to make sure he doesn’t get to the middle or open lane,’’ Uguak announced, looking to Moser for approval.
Moser nodded as he elaborated, surveying the room for his next contestant.