When you look at some of the most successful coaches over time, you’ll find they are all extremely organized. As a result, their teams are almost always prepared to perform at their best.
The New England Patriots, for example, have just one sign on their locker room wall. It says, “Every battle is won before it is fought.” And that’s because head coach Bill Belichick strongly believes in the value of preparation.
A practice run by Dean Smith, the Hall of Fame basketball coach at the University of North Carolina, was said to be organized right down to the location of the water bottles and towels.
Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, puts his team through what he calls “Competitive Wednesdays,” where scores are kept for each individual player on every aspect of the session.
All coaches, of course, wish they could have practice sessions like the legends mentioned above, but don’t have the same resources or staff size. But every coach can be more organized and better prepared by using the DRIVN mobile app.
There are several vital elements involved in successfully preparing a team – communication, proper scheduling with up-to-date information about your team, and a solid plan for practice. But to be able to efficiently accomplish all that, coaches have to have the right tools.
Let’s look at how DRIVN can help coaches prepare their teams more effectively.
Communication is, of course, an essential part of any team’s success. It is an on-going task that needs constant attention. And making sure everyone – players, assistant coaches and other support staff – is on the same page for every practice session is a major piece of a head coach’s communication dilemmas.
For what part of training are your assistants responsible, and what do you expect of them? There’s nothing worse for an assistant to be given 10 minutes of prep time before running a drill. With DRIVN, you can send a topic to your assistant ahead of time and have him or her reply with a detailed plan through a private channel for your approval.
You no longer have to rely on texts that are missed, email buried in spam, attachments that won’t open, and phone calls that go to voicemail to communicate with your staff or team. The chat feature streamlines the process and enhances efficiency.
Working on fitness at a point in the season when your team is mentally and physically exhausted is probably not a great idea. Having the most up-to-date fitness information about your players is crucial and can help coaches plan a week or month worth of training sessions.
With DRIVN, coaches are now able to go from “My team seems to be tired,” to “My team is definitely exhausted.” The trackers and charts featured in DRIVN gives the coach the information he or she needs at their fingertips.
Does the medial staff know what to expect? Include them on the DRIVN chat so they can prepare properly. Do the players know what they will be working on in any particular day? Again, with DRIVN’s chat feature, you can let them know in advance by sending a PDF of the session through the communication feature.
The efficiency of the DRIVN mobile app saves coaches time, helps them be more organized and better prepared.
Check out a free demo and see how your team can win its battles before they begin.