In college, all the athletes went through a sportsmanship training program called Influence.

Every year, all the athletes received a shirt with a time on the back. 40:00, 30:00, 20:00, or 10:00. The times represented how much “game time” you had left to influence as a North Central Cardinal.

It was an interesting concept and one that I have always appreciated but wondered how to better implement it as a coach. Coaching the character aspect is one of the more complex and rewarding aspects of dealing with youth.

As we draw to a close on March, and near the end of the school year. How do we choose to use the remainder of our time this year? How do we choose to influence our peers, students, and athletes with our last two months of this school year?


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