Weekly Roundup, Ready for the Challenge

Ready for the Challenge. The Wednesday Weekly Roundup is Where The Coaching Conversation Points You to Interesting Articles on Coaching, Leadership, Sports, Performance, Health and Fitness, and sometimes, money.

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Manchester City News  (Twitter)

“No problem, it is a challenge and they will do it….Ideal situation doesn’t exist in football. I am ready for the challenge.”–Pep Guardiola (Click for video on twitter)

Or, as Bill Bellichick would say about the Patriots’ ability to be ready for the challenge (Management Secrets of the New England Patriots)

We’ve tried to build the depth all the way through the system. The preparation comes earlier rather than the week a crisis hits.”–Bill Bellichick in Management Secrets of the New England Patriots

Maybe I am Dreaming (The Player’s Tribune)


The truth is that we all fail, constantly. And when I was a young manager I failed a lot.

I think 98% of football is about dealing with failure and still being able to smile and find joy in the game the next day.

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019–Quote Sheet (US Soccer)

“Beyond making history as the first coach to win back-to-back Women’s World Cups, Jill has raised the standard for the women’s game to new levels. She is an icon of women’s football for us in the United States and we are very thankful that her peers have chosen to recognize her with this tremendous honor on the global stage.”

FIFA Technical Group Gives Key Insight Into Best-Ever FIFA Women’s World Cup (FIFA.com)

Tuck in, mandatory reading ahead.

Coaches in Women’s Sports (Level One Sports and Entertainment)

Data on women in coaching.

Is the NWSL Ready to Stand on Its Own (yahoo.com)

Caitlin Murray asks the right questions and places them in important context.

For Women Running is Still an Act of Defiance (1843 Magazine)

Criticism came from other quarters too but the intent was the same: to stop women in their tracks. Journalists derided women’s foot-racing as “unnatural” and “dangerous”.

Google Doodle honors Junko Tabei, the first woman to scale Mount Everest (Yahoo)

Speaking of firsts and someone clearly ready for the challenge:

Sunday’s Google Doodle celebrated the feats of Junko Tabei, the first woman to reach the ceiling of the earth by scaling Mount Everest, on what would have been the legendary climber’s 80th birthday.

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The Junko Tabei Google Doodle

Nevertheless, she persisted, telling the Times, “There was never a question in my mind that I wanted to climb that mountain, no matter what other people said.”

You’re Not Here to Have Fun, You’re Here to Work (CoachReed)

Many experts agree there are 3 critical elements that motivate children in sport: enjoyment, autonomy, and intrinsic motivation. The foundation is enjoyment. Enjoyment is about the satisfaction of improving each day and achieving your goals.

The Player (Player Development Project)

More on a holistic development model

Ray Allen Can Teach You to Great (TCC)

Ready for the challenge. Work ethic, willingness to fail, professionalism.

How Two Kentucky Farmers Became Kings of Croquet, the Sport That Never Wanted Them (Deadspin)

Sometimes being ready for the challenge is just getting in the door. Great read.

Inside the Connection Mississippi State Coach and a Kentucky Player (Clarion Ledger)

Bowden said the first thing he looks for in someone is a feeling of mutual trust. He found that and more in Moorhead.

“He was just a goofy dude,” Bowden said. “But he was really straight-forward with me. He was telling me what I could do and how he saw me making an impact in his program.”

A little more about Bellichick and the Patriots

Finally, the soccer field at UNC will be named for Anson Dorrance, my college coach.  What an honor.