Core Values are the foundation of team culture by Coach Amber
Core values are the foundation of what you do and why you do it. For a team, they are anchoring principles that ground you and guide you toward collaborative success. Team values serve as the essence of what your program stands for and they are expected to be shared by everyone.
Where do you start?
Developing and communicating core values begins and ends with the coaching staff. However, because core values are central to team success and character development, it is vital to involve your team in determining them, making them visible, emphasizing them, and using them as a guide for your program’s daily decisions and actions. Each year, your team has new faces and new minds. A good tip is to have a few non-negotiables that do not alter year to year. Then after determining your teams, have a transparent chat about what your goals are and the best way to achieve them with the mental and physical talent your new squad possesses.
At the Dollhouse, this is no exception. When DD was coming to fruition, the first thought was that KIDS ARE FIRST. For us, it is not just about educating proper softball skill but developing real connections on a deeper level which will lead to empowered character development. We are not churning out hardware hunting softball warriors but future business leaders, moms, friends, team mates, and more. Those titles will define us forever and leave a lasting legacy not how hard we can throw a softball. We are proud to say we are helping to grow a village of little lady warriors, we just happen to speak "softball" to do it.
Even at the tater tot age levels, these practices can be implemented! Keep it simple and age appropriate.
Our weekly leadership lessons lately have honed in on positive affirmations and how they can influence our actions.
I WILL - Changing our mindset from I hope, I Wish, I Dream - Instead to I WILL.....
My little lady leadership class is finishing up their lessons and we have been working hard on POSITIVE MINDSETS & ACCOUNTABILITY. I want to point out that these little ladies are between the ages of 9 and 14! Even at the tater tot levels, we can introduce core values and begin building a foundation of empowered team mates.
The power of the mind can set us in the right direction. As we wrapped up our last big homework for the next 2 weeks, I challenged them to start each day with completing their "I WILL" sentence and then holding themselves accountable for reaching the goal.