How to Use Star Patches and Soccer Patches for Positive Reinforcement and As Rewards

When I started coaching I was looking for a way to incentivize my players to come to practice. I was coaching a recreational team and we only had 4 practices before our first game. I realized that it would make a huge difference if I could get all of my players to come to those 4 practices. I was looking for something inexpensive and tried a lot of different things. Finally I found the small one-inch iron-on soccer patches. I paid 55 cents each for them 15 years ago. From the start they really worked. Below are ideas for how to use them as incentives, rewards and for positive reinforcement:

1. Develop a Plan. Think through what you want to encourage and use the patches to incentivize and reward your players. The iron-on patches are used for soccer, baseball, basketball, martial arts, swimming, skating, band, volleyball and other sports. They are also used by schools, churches and clubs.

2. Give them in a Ceremony in Front of the Team and Parents. For the best results, keep in mind the benefits of public praise, competition and group pressure. Everyone loves to be praised in front of a group and it is natural for kids to want to earn something that their teammates have earned. That is why it works best to give the patches out after the game in a ceremony in front of all the players and parents and be sure to PRAISE the players and tell them why they EARNED the patches. This will make them proud and will let the other players know the type of behavior that will EARN a patch.

3. Positive Reinforcement. A positive reinforcement approach gets better results than a negative approach and is a lot more fun for everyone.

4. Visible Symbols. The soccer patches really work to incentivize players and for positive reinforcement. They are a visible symbol.

The Star Patches and Soccer Patches Also Incentivize Other Players Who See the Patches and Want to Earn Them. The patches are an incentive for the behavior you want and when you give a player a patch it is positive reinforcement and a visible symbol that the player has done a good thing and was rewarded. Other players will know how the patches were earned and will want to please the coach and earn patches.

Playing Sports and Succeeding in Business – Why They Often Go Together

I will admit it right upfront. In business, I tend to be partial to colleagues, associates or partners that have a background in playing sports. Or, at the very least, I tend to gravitate towards them. Why?

Because I believe, based on my own experience and those of so many other people I know, that playing sports and succeeding in business go together. I believe that people who have played sports even at an intermediate level, much less an advanced or professional level, were taught things inherently at a young age that others weren’t. This statement obviously doesn’t apply to everyone. There are tremendous business success stories of people whose sole passion and mission in life was to be successful in business and they eschewed playing sports. But, overall as a general rule, I still believe playing sports at a young age is beneficial in cementing certain personality traits which fuels success in business later in life. After all, most people, unless they’re in the minority, play a sport before they even sell lemonade at a lemonade stand as a kid.

Quick sidebar: when I use the term “playing sports”, I mean people who dedicated some portion of time towards getting better and achieving on a high level. Examples would be: making your high school soccer team; earning a college scholarship; playing a sport professionally; becoming a state champion wrestler. What I’m not referring to is taking beginner tennis lessons one summer; going surfing three times; playing golf once every two years; or shooting baskets in your driveway. You get my drift.

So what exactly is it about playing sports which translates so well to a business career later in life? I’ll give you my top four things. There are more, but I’ll spare you since I could go on and on.

1) Discipline. Discipline is basically an activity, exercise or regimen that develops or improves a skill. To do anything well, in sports, business, life or anything else, you must have discipline. Since most people are exposed to sports at a young age before they’re exposed to anything business-related, sports are the first opportunity for kids to learn discipline. The longer you stick with a sport, and the more you achieve in that sport, the more disciplined you get. Sure, pure talent can take some people pretty far. But every single person I know who has played a sport has learned how to be disciplined. How does discipline learned playing sports translate to business? Through learning how to prepare for meetings. How to jump out of bed for an important conference call or meeting. How to finish jobs and not just start them.

2) Teamwork. This is an easy one. Playing sports and succeeding in business rely on a lot of team work. What’s that famous phrase….”no man is an island unto himself.” Well, when you kick your first soccer ball, or make your first pass on the basketball court, you’re learning teamwork. Teamwork is a loose term people like to throw around pretty easily. To me, it basically means that you know how to function and communicate effectively amongst others. In business, even if you’re a sole proprietor, you likely have customers, partners, or vendors that are all part of your team that you still have to communicate and work with effectively. There’s that example, all the way up to people who work for large corporations. You need to know how to work with other people directly and indirectly, and sports teaches that.

3) Goal-Setting. My favorite one. When people start out playing sports, even at the beginner level, it is because they want to learn that sport. As they progress, and presumably get better and better, the bar rises. Maybe it is to make your Little League team. Then start on your Little League team. Then make the city All-Star squad. Then make your high school team. You get the idea, but sports is really the first thing (other than perhaps making good grades) which teaches kids at an early age how to set goals, improve, work hard towards them, and then set the next goal. In business, those qualities are exactly the same. Most people, if not every single person I know, never finish their business career exactly where they started. They go through a lot of twists and turns, sometimes in the same profession but sometimes in something completely different. In order to navigate success in business through the various twists and turns, it helps to know how to set goals and how to take precise steps to achieve them. Sports teaches that.

4) Competitiveness. Now the first three things I just listed could be named by anyone who got good at something outside of sports and used those qualities to be successful in business. For instance, if you became a world-class musician at a young age, you likely were exposed to numbers one through three above. It is number four – competitiveness – that makes sports so unique when considering its impact on people’s business careers later in life. Because sports is competitive in at least three ways: mental, spiritual and physical. If you learn competitiveness (while maintaining sportsmanship, please) in all three ways, it is extremely beneficial in business. Often, people who succeed in business that have succeeded in sports know how to compete physically; perhaps by controlling what time to go to sleep, when to wake up, how to control energy levels. Also, they know how to compete mentally; perhaps by controlling your temper, knowing how to keep your cool when things get tough, knowing how to outsmart the opponent. Finally, sports and business can both be very spiritual in the sense that if you can envision your own destiny and the steps it takes to get there, it often turns out how you envision. I’m not much into self-fulfilling prophecies, but I do think confidence, focus and vision are all part of spirituality in both sports and business.

So, my conclusion, and I guess where my biases lie, is that playing sports and succeeding in business go hand in hand.

Do you agree? If so, What are some that I’m leaving out? If not, why?

Mike Sprouse is a Chief Marketer, Corporate Entrepreneur, Author and Philanthropist. He is a recognized public speaker and marketing expert, having run every facet of marketing and corporate strategy for public and private companies

The Strange Sports Fan – Soccer, Football and Celebrities Screensavers and Wallpapers in 3D

It is almost certain that you know someone like me. The guy that hated all school physical activities, the guy that always finished last every race. Maybe you are a bit like me also. Because of this, I grew up disliking everything about soccer and football. Unlike my friends who knew all about the famous players, the coaches and all the football tactics. In spite of everything, my childhood was a very happy one. After all, the activities related to sports were a small part of my daily living, fortunately.

On the other hand, I was born with the gift of pencil drawing very nicely. My friends, the sports fans, came to me for help with the art lessons. So a few years a go I came across Blender3d a free open source software that assists you in drawing 3D pictures and making 3D animations. There are lots of Blender3d movies out there on the net for you to watch.

After mastering the basics in 3D drawing and 3D animation a BRILLIANT IDEA occurred to me: Now I have the perfect tool to MAKE PEACE with sports.

I began to draw the most famous soccer and football teams logos in 3D. Then I started to make simple animations of these 3D logos with different camera movements and with different scenarios. Also, transforming 2D pictures of sports celebrities like players and coaches, created a challenge to me, but it come out not so bad. The next step was to publish my work on Youtube, witch I did.

Without realizing it, I had become a SPORTS FAN in my own way.

Two years ago I learned how to turn my 3D animations into Sports and Celebrities screensavers, wallpapers and desktop calendars in 3D. So this was my short story to you. Remember that … Sometimes our weakest points can lead us to positive outcomes.

I started my own website and it became my hobby. Julio Silva alias SportsCelebrities3D was born in the Azores Islands, Portugal and graduated in computer science. A few years ago he started to use Blender3d to help in his 3D drawings and animations.

How Plyometrics Drills Enhance Volleyball and Soccer Training

Plyometrics for volleyball can help an athlete increase explosive power and vertical jump in the court, but it should be done together with a sport-specific training program.

Although plyometrics is considered a very efficient method of power training, there are a number of important factors to consider prior to incorporating this form of conditioning into the training regimen. First and foremost, bear in mind that explosive power is a task of both muscle contraction speed and strength. The drills will also help shape up the neuromuscular system. As a result, you will be able to apply a larger amount of force in a very short span of time. Nevertheless, if you do not have enough strength, its efficacy will consequently be limited.

This type of training in volleyball is usually done during the middle or the late pre-season stage of training. The period before that is typically used to improve functional, as well as maximal, strength.

Since volleyball plyometric drills necessitate maximal muscle effort and high-intensity movements, other forms of training like endurance runs and the like should therefore not precede them. Needless to say, a comprehensive warm up session should always be performed first.

On the other hand, the simplest plyometric drill you can do for the sport of soccer consists of jumps. Start out by jumping over a regular soccer ball. Jump repeatedly to the left and to the right, and then forward and backwards over the soccer ball. You can perform this drill in twenty repetitions.

The next exercises you can do is jumping with the left foot over the ball, and then do the same thing using your right foot. Use the similar directions of the previous jumping drill.

Sport and Soccer and Football Can Disappoint But Here is Something That Will Never Disappoint

The World Cup which is underway in South Africa is being severely criticised for its lack of skill and excitement, but also for the appalling noise from these horns.

One analyser yesterday said that he was giving his fee to charity because the game was so poor and unexciting and boring. Now, I have never heard that previously! The two broadcasters mentioned that the ‘road report’ back home in the United Kingdom would be more exciting.

There is something far wrong with soccer or football, as we call it in Scotland.

Players are being paid absurd sums of money and they are producing very little ‘entertainment’. The tournament may improve, but the first few days have been most disappointing.

We know there will be nothing really new in the World Cup competition. There may be stunning goals and surprising disappointments, resulting in massive upsets for some fans, and there will be one winner, just as there has always been in the past.

Writing as a disciple of Jesus Christ, and a student of the Bible over many years, we know that there is nothing new under the sun.

The strips and the footgear and the type of ball may change, although when it comes to the ball, there must be a question as to whether that has been an improvement. So far it has been criticised, and not without good reason.

Under the sun, there is really nothing new. Sin and selfishness and depression and war appear to be becoming worse and worse, and the persecution of those who believe in Jesus Christ and who stand for the scriptures, as we have them in the Old and New Testament, is certainly increasing in various nations throughout the world.

There has been persecution of believers in Jesus Christ since the Day of Pentecost.

We are dealing with sin and sin appears to be abounding in virtually every walk of life.

One day this thing we call sin will pass away, but that will not happen until Jesus Christ returns.

Just as we know how the World Cup will unfold, so Almighty God knows when and how to deal with the sin of the world.

A person’s individual sin can be dealt with now. Jesus Christ shed his blood to wash away our sin and give us that opportunity to enjoy a fresh start. Jesus Christ willingly laid down his life and became the sacrificial Passover Lamb that we might be rescued and redeemed and brought from darkness into light.

His sacrifice was accepted by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. That is why he is more than able to deal with all those troublesome issues that bother us.

Our gracious God knows how to deal with sin, and Almighty God has a love for people, and cares about them and He is concerned that they may be lifted out of the messes and problems in which they find themselves.

Sport and soccer and football and people may all disappoint us at times.

Jesus Christ will never disappoint nor let you down. It is not in his character or nature to do so.

Jesus Christ can make all things new. We are taught that in the Bible. He can make you a new person now, and one day there will be a new heaven and a new earth. There is nothing surer.

Sandy Shaw

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.