Preparation Failure

nfl_a_bbostick_dj_576x324As a high school coach of swimming for the past 24 years, I have learned a great deal of things.

Swimming does have its moments in crunch time like any other sport does. There are parts of the meet that are crucial to the outcome.

These are high school student/athletes mind you, not professional athletes that are being paid for their craft.

When we get to the crunch part of the season like the one that we are headed into right now, the thing that I remind my coaches is that we need to make sure we prepare the athletes for the circumstances around them.  We need to make sure that we practice the scenarios that may occur during the 2 plus hours of the meet.

I have been mocked to a certain level of my attention to detail the day of our State Championship Meet. There are a great deal of things I can control that day, but weather and traffic are not one of them. But we build that into the model.  Why? Because in November, the Badger football team has had home games for the Girls Championship Meet. Why? Because we have had monster snow storms for the Girls Championship Meet. All things that we have prepared the team for.

We also can encounter anything from not having a cool down pool, or the warm up pool is too crowded, or goggles breaking, or switching the order of a relay, etc. All seem pretty small to an outsider. But critical to the success of the team.

We also practice stroke technique into the last week, often to the dismay of the team when the biggest meet of their life is right in front of them. But working on the things that got us to that point are just as important as being there.

We try to eliminate as much doubt as possible to maximize peak performance. And we work on knowing what each persons role is on that day.

What was clear and evident today was that Mr. Bostick was not clear on his role nor objective on the play. Sure, the easy finger is to point to the player that botched the play. And he can say he was suppose to block, but proper coaching would have told me that this would have been executed enough times at practice that when it happened in a real game the player would know exactly what to do. And in this case, letting the ball go and let Jordy Nelson get it. But maybe it was not practiced enough for this to be an instinctive move for Bostick?

Now that all seems simple from my point of view. But I am a firm believer in preparation allowing you to execute correctly. This is more of a preparation failure.

Liebster Award

Yay! I have been nominated by my friend Dana Wielgus, or as I like to call her, Dana Northstar, to receive a Liebster Award!

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This award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers by other bloggers. It’s a way to publicize & promote your blog, gain more activity on your site, and overall acknowledge your fellow bloggers’ awesomeness, despite the lower numbers of readers. Thank you so much, Belle, for the honor!

Here are the rules for the nominee (Me):

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you in a post.
  • Share 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger (Dana) created
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers whom deserve recognition (you cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you)
  • Post 11 new questions for them to answer
  • Notify all nominated bloggers

11 Facts about Kyle

  1. I am an Eagle Scout. A dying breed. Not many more good ones out there that understand how great of an honor this is
  2. Celebrated being married 20 years this past week by being at Girl Scout Camp with my entire family
  3. I have been an IT nerd since sophomore in high school when I joined Computer Homeroom.
  4. Marquette University High School is a great high school. Unless you attend class there, you will never fully understand the bond that an all male high school can have.
  5. Met my lovely bride in fact #2 freshman year at Carroll College. Her first impression of me was not great. Ask her about it sometime 🙂
  6. Swimming has been a passion of mine for a long time. Coached 16 years at Divine Savior Holy Angles before moving to Waukesha North in 2007. I will be eternally grateful to Peggy Braun for taking a chance on me to coach.
  7. Hate the fact that there is not enough time in the day or week or month to staff fully connected with my friends from High School and College. No matter how much time is carved out, there is still not enough
  8. Traveling to Australia during January of 1991 will always be one of the greatest trips of my life
  9. It has taken this long to get to my passion for sports and fantasy sports? Something is wrong. ESPN is a mandatory channel selection and the NFL RedZone is the greatest thing ever invented. Fantasy football is something that I take serious but it does help with fact #7
  10. Same with Golf. Enjoy playing golf or as my brother calls it “Hit and Chase”. No course is a garbage course when playing gold, well except for Portage Country Club. That is a Dog Track
  11. My real brother Brian, lives 5 houses from me, and “my bro” lives 0.5 miles away from me. My real brother is often accused of being older, although I am 4.5 years older. “My Bro” is Jim. At Girl Scout camp, a number of the younger campers often thin we are brothers.
Brian and I
Brian and I
Jim and I
Jim and I

11 Answers for Dana:

1. Why did you start blogging, and why? Really wanted to capture my thoughts while practicing to write more. Most of you know that I have a million things in my head at one time and I thought this would help get them out in an organized way. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, right now, where would you go, and why?
As long as I can take Michelle with me, we are going back to Australia. Just something about the people and the culture that is so much fun

3. If you had the chance to travel back in time or into the future, which would you pick, and what would you want to see/find out?
Future. So I could see how my kids turn out. Not that I am going anywhere soon, just want to make sure they are productive members of society that are happy and loved.

4. Apple or PC?
PC. MAC this, Mac that…still cannot live without a PC

5. How did we meet?
I was the Head Swim Coach and you were the eldest Diver on the team. And we probably met at GS Camp as well.

6. What is your guilty pleasure?
Planning to get everyone out of the house, cook up a steak on the grill with mushrooms, turn on ESPN, while drinking a cold beer

7. At my funeral, I want this song played:
Good Riddance by Green Day off the Nimrod album

8. What do you think of when you hear, “Wisconsin?”
Camp Randall Stadium on a cold crisp fall afternoon with 90,000 fans screaming for Bucky

9. What is your favorite season and why?
Summer. Pool, Beach, BBQ, Beer, Golf

10. I never, ever, want to do this again:
Be too busy for a friend in need.

11. What do you like most about yourself?
That I am a giver and not a taker

I Nominate:

  1. Jason Muelver at http://jasonmuelver.tumblr.com
  2. Lisa Dorsey at a Blessed Life
  3. Shiloh Buchman at Hand It Over
  4. Erika Berger at the American Calgarian
  5. Dave Erickson at Nerds Eye View
  6. David Wallach at Pace of Chicago
  7. Another Dave I respect in Dave Steffen at http://dsteffen45.wordpress.com
  8. The Principal of the Purple Palace by Jody Landish
  9. Dale Van Keuren at The Tech Corner
  10. SDW Technology Now
  11. Brenda Ster at the Charmed Suite

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Greatest Sporting Event you have ever attended and why
  2. Holiday Parades? – In or Out and why
  3. What is your greatest fear
  4. Favorite State to visit
  5. Who is the greatest inspiration in your life
  6. If there is a person that you could spend one day with, past or present, who would it be?
  7. Favorite Concert of all time that you attended and why
  8. Summerfest or State Fair? Please defend your position
  9. If you were forced to give up one of the 5 senses, which one would it be
  10. What candy could you never give up
  11. Ice Cream or Custard? There is a difference, pick one.

Thanks Readers! ((Editor’s Note: There is no real award handed out for this – Just a great way in my opinion to develop more ideas for posts and to get more readers))

Super Sunday

Flag or No FlagThis post is for all my officiating friends, and it does not matter what sport.

Sunday’s Big Game is on the line and the outcome is in the balance, and an official makes a “No-Call” on a play.  The TV Announcer says that this is a good “No-Call” because the players need to make plays.  And the more times he watched it in slow motion he talks himself out of that premise, and says it could have been a call.

Now regardless of who you wanted to win the game, what is your position on the “No-Call”.  In a sport like football, basketball, and maybe soccer — the “No Call” has become more and more the norm instead of the exception.

For my swimming friends, I can only equate it to not calling a stroke infraction or early take off in the 400 free relay because it is the last event in a dual meet.

My position has always been, that if it was a foul or penalty 2 minutes into the game why does that change when there are only 2 minutes left in the game?  No more situational officiating.