Philosophy

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The more I see top players compete, I realize the difference is mainly mental. Attitude, Discipline, Hustle, Courage, Ability to play better when it matters – are paramount. Parents, coaches and teachers need to be instilling these traits which are absolutely key in developing champions. This approach is captured in our academy philosophy:

Attitude, Training, Results

If a player has the right attitude, backed up with the right training, then the results will follow. – Hobson Philosophy

Winners

  • Take chances:
    Like everyone else they fear failing, but refuse to let fear rule them.
  • Don’t give up:
    When life gets rough they hang in until the going gets better.
  • Are flexible:
    They realize there is more than one way and are willing to try others.
  • Know they are not perfect:
    They respect their weaknesses while making the most of their strengths.
  • Fall but they don’t stay down:
    They stubbornly refuse to let a fall keep them from climbing.
  • Don’t blame fate for their failures:
    Nor luck for their success.
  • Accept responsibility:
    For their lives.
  • Are positive thinkers:
    Who see good in all things, from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
  • Believe in the path they have chosen:
    Even when it is hard, even when others can’t see where they are going.
  • Are patient:
    They know that a goal is only as worthy as the effort required to achieve it.
  • Are people like you:
    They make the world a better place to be.

The Making of a Champion

  • ATTITUDE:
    There is no such thing as a menial task, only a menial attitude.
  • COMMITMENT:
    Committed to a worthwhile endeavor and carries through with it.
  • SELF BELIEF:
    Total belief in oneself to perform under pressure.
  • DETERMINATION:
    Carries out the task no matter what the circumstances, or what people say, think or do.
  • PERSEVERANCE:
    “NEVER QUIT” mentality.
  • HUMILITY:
    Showing respect for your opponent and yourself by acting in the appropriate manner.
  • RESPONSIBILITY:
    Realizing how your actions affect others.
  • DISCIPLINE:
    Realizing what is needed to develop your full potential and doing everything possible to reach that.

Favorite Quotes

  • We believe in teaching through “loaded language.”  The following quotes demonstrate this loaded language and show our philosophy towards training our players to be not only great players, but great people.
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
  • Failures are but the pillars of success.
  • Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
  • Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.
  • Conquer your mind or it will conquer you.
  • Just as we develop our physical muscles through working out – we develop our character by overcoming challenges and adversity.
  • Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.
  • When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of energy left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”
  • Believe in yourself! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful.
  • Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
  • Sweat silently. Let’s have no squawking about a little expenditure of energy.
  • It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
  • Thoughts become words.Words become actions.Actions become habits.Habits they become character.Character becomes your destiny.
  • Are you compliant or committed?
  • Thoroughbred: Is someone, people or horses, who give their best with every pump of their heart to every second of their lives.
  • It’s not what you eat it’s what you digest.
  • Strong legs obey, weak legs command.Strong legs will do whatever you ask them to do. Weak legs get tired and they command you to quit.
  • The greatness of the competitor is in giving everything you have.
  • Try. Make mistake. Fail. Learn. Try better. Make mistake. Fail. Learn. Try better still. Make mistake. Fail. Learn. Repeat until… Try. Succeed. THAT is persistence!
  • Practice like a champion! Intensity and Focus.
  • Bam! – That’s all it takes! Brains and Motivation.
  • Lombardi Time:10 minutes early.
  • You must love to play even if you lose
  • Information in this age is like – drinking from a fire hydrant
  • Hearts and minds first
  • Mediocrity is the killer
  • Association breeds assimilation
  • Passion is a willingness to sacrifice for an unknown
  • Discipline – when the adventure becomes a job
  • Afraid – black door, and you don’t make the changes
  • 20 seconds of courage is all you need
  • Wins should go to your heart, losses to your head
  • Half way is half ass
  • Evil men prosper when good men do nothing
  • Small people in big positions lead to bad decisions
  • Pain is not the enemy
  • It’s not what you eat, it’s what you digest
  • Playing the same tournament is like doing the 3rd grade 5 times
  • Regular shots beat, big shots scare
  • Leadership – don’t dictate, don’t abdicate, delegate
  • When you commit and work hard at something – you play worse at first
  • Give your best forget the rest
  • Look for the mountain to climb
  • Play like Payton Manning, Compete like Tim Tebow
  • Your regular stuff is good enough
  • When your eyes look at the prize they will tell you many lies
  • No second set slumber party
  • Don’t have a scoreboard mentality
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