Pat Summit Thoughts
•There is no such thing as self respect without respect for others.
•Individual success is a myth. No one succeeds all by herself.
•People who do not respect those around them will not make good team members and probably lack self esteem themselves.
•Being responsible sometimes means making tough, unpopular decisions.
•Loyalty is not unilateral. You have to give it to receive it.
•Admit to and make yourself accountable for mistakes. How can you improve if you're never wrong?
•Surround yourself with people who are better than you are. Seek out quality people, acknowledge their talents, and let them do their jobs. You win with people. You can preview a part of the DVD shown below by clicking on either the image or the text below it. Pat Summitt's Building a Championship Team with the Definite Dozen
•Value those colleagues who tell you the truth, not just what you want to hear.
•Communication eliminates mistakes.
•We communicate all the time, even when we don't realize it. Be aware of body language.
•To make sure that they are getting her message, Coach Summitt has asked her players to respond to a correction in practice by saying "rebound," and to being praised by saying "Two points."
•Make good eye contact.
•Silence is a form of communication, too. Sometimes less is more.
•Discipline yourself, so no one else has to.
•Self discipline helps you believe in yourself.
•Group discipline produces a unified effort toward a common goal.
•Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.
•Do the things that aren't fun first, and do them well.
•See yourself as self employed.
•Put the Team Before Yourself.
•When you understand yourself and those around you, you are better able to minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths. Personality profiles help.
•Success is about having the right person, in the right place, at the right time.
•Know your strengths, weaknesses, and needs.
•Teamwork doesn't come naturally. It must be taught.
•Teamwork allows common people to obtain uncommon results.
•Not everyone is born to lead. Role players are critical to group success.
•In group success there is individual success.
•Make Winning an Attitude.
•Combine practice with belief.
•Attitude is a choice. Maintain a positive outlook.
•No one ever got anywhere by being negative.
•Confidence is what happens when you've done the hard work that entitles you to succeed.
•Competition isn't social. It separates achievers from the average.
•You can't always be the most talented person in the room. But you can be the most competitive. There is nothing wrong with having competitive instincts. They are survival instincts.
•It's what you learn after you know it all that counts the most.
•Change equals self improvement. Push yourself to places you haven't been before.
•Handle Success Like You Handle Failure. You can't always control what happens, but you can control how you handle it.
•Sometimes you learn more from losing than winning. Losing forces you to reexamine.
•It's harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb, Continue to seek new goals.
Here are some links to some video segments of Coach Summitt teaching:
Each time you click on a link, you will probably need to scroll down the page to see the video segment.
Tennessee Women's Conversion to Defense Drill narrated by Coach Pat Summitt.
In this clip from Building a Championship Team with the Definite Dozen, she discusses a little of what she feels the purpose of basketball is...
In this video clip, Coach Summitt describes how she handles teams that trap the first pass: Mastering Special Situations
In this video clip, Coach Summitt describes how they prepare their offense to play against the upcoming opponent's defense and how they start practice each day .
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