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The Full 90 with Coach Mike Avery

90 word reflections on coaching. (Not as easy as it sounds, but neither is coaching.)

REGULAR TIME (90): 90 words on "head on a swivel".

The words echo clearly from young days as a player.

“Head on a swivel!” Coach reminded.

Early decisions based on scanning the field is still taught by coaches everywhere.

Paying attention, calmly assessing, playing with intention.

Response over reaction.

The greatest value in sport is found in the application of lessons, especially lessons that flow both ways.

We learn things in life that apply to the game, and we learn things in the game that influence our lives.

Head on a swivel.

Eyes wide open.

Noticing all the best parts.


"Almost all of us have been on a flight, and whether we are paying close attention or not, we've all heard the preflight safety speech. The reminder to take notice of the nearest exit, to look around you because - that's right - the nearest exit might actually be behind you.

This reminder holds true with our players when they are trying to keep possession in tight spaces. Pressure often forces the head down, and when the head is down the player may not see the closest exit to break the pressure.

Entering a tight space, the nearest - and maybe best - option to exit may be behind the player.

Eyes up. Head on a swivel. Scan the field. Take it all in." - Coach Mike Avery


“As Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines succinctly put it, 'Strategy, overdone; doing stuff, underdone'.”

"In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth."

- Patti Smith

i still promise...

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