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IMCLA Keynote Speech

Postby quickstick » Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:49 am

While I was there, this summary from http://www.collegelax.us, authors Bill Sigmund and Andrew J. Dymski of Duke's coach John Danowski really captured his address. Enjoy:

Coach Danowski of Duke University

The keynote speaker of the first night of the conference, Coach Danowski’s electricity and presence was felt as soon as he stepped on the stage. Coach Danowski’s talk about the basic “non-negotiables” of Duke Lacrosse was reminiscent of a “back to basics” style address for many of the coaches in attendance. By building a program with non-negotiable standards, his players are forced to rise to the challenge and develop personal character. Coach Danowski outlined the individual character traits he reinforced by each of his individual “non-negotiable” rules. Here are Coach Danowski’s “non-negotiable” rules of Duke Lacrosse:

1. Chasing ground balls (attitude, desire, discipline, statement, toughness, will)

Rules:

1.) Two hands

2.) Defense – run to daylight

3.) Between the lines – run through it

4.) Offense – move the ball off the ground

2. Team Face-offs (teamwork, roles, sacrifice, discipline, toughness)

Rules:

1.) Wing Play

2.) Box your man out

3. Team Offense (discipline, responsibility, decision making, trust)

Rules:

1.) Exchanging the ball

2.) Run to the man you’re passing to

3.) Be aggressive with the ball

4.) Turn the corner from X

5.) Finish in front, don’t fade

6.) North South dodging

4. Riding (discipline, teamwork, role)

Rules:

1.) General – two hand checks only

2.) Attack – ride to the midline

3.) Midfield – no one behind you

4.) Defense – no one in front of you

5. Team defense (discipline, attention to detail, seeing the big picture)

Rules:

1.) Approach the ball

2.) Regardless of situation, approach must be the same

Snapshot view would tell us:

a.) That you have a plan

b.) That your feet are in the right spot

c.) Your stick is in correct position

d.) Your posture screams of conviction

6. The clearing game (responding appropriately)

Rules:

1.) Goalies – better to overthrow than underthrow

2.) Defensemen – roll away from pressure

3.) Midfielders- run without it, break back to ball (1 word call)

7. Man down defense (awareness, high lacrosse IQ-Personnel, Passing Lanes, Less is more, Discipline, Anticipation, Trust)

Rules:

1.) Sticks up

2.) Stop the ball

3.) Turn ball side

8. Goalie play (master of your craft)

Rules:

1.) Stay between the pipes

2.) Run out all shots

3.) Use up to three seconds after making a save

4.) Have a bad memory

9. Transition defense (less is more, anticipate, discipline, communication)

Rules:

1.) Defend the paint

2.) Stop the ball

3.) Turn ball side

4.) Stick in the passing lane

5.) No collisions

10. Transition Offense (alert, aggressive, athletic, react)

Rules:

1.) Run without the ball

2.) Threaten the goal

3.) Follow the slide

IT ALL BEGINS AT PRACTICE

11. Practice Situations (discipline, attention to detail, attitude, appropriate response)

Rules:

1.) No offsides

2.) Appropriate immediate response

3.) Touch the lines

4.) No walking between drills

5.) No palms up ever

6.) No whining

7.) Eye contact in all huddles

8.) Listening/communication “clear and clean” – questions are okay!

9.) Run on and off the field “no walking!!”

12. Others

Rules:

1.) Everyone celebrates after a goal

2.) Leave the bus clean

3.) Leave an opposing locker room clean

4.) We do not issue a press release about signings

5.) We do not issue individual awards at the end of the year

6.) We do not promote all Americans, all conference, etc.

7.) Everyone dresses the same, weight room, running, practice, game, travel.

Coach Danowski said that once he had given these rules and habits in a clear and consistent manner to his players, they had internalized and habitualized it by game day. He also shared a story of how, in being clear and consistent in his message, he had to “ride certain players hard” who were the stars of his team. Being consistent, no matter who a coach is coaching, is something coach Danowski stressed. The biggest point coach Danowski made was that coaching was more than generating wins and developing national championship teams, but rather developing the character, leadership, and discipline of young men. When you look back through his presentation, and see all of the valuable character traits Coach Danowski attempts to instill in his young men, it’s quite clear why he is such a successful coach.

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Re: IMCLA Keynote Speech

Postby Billax » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:47 am

Really nice summary, quickstick. I could not find the article at the link you provided, however. Any chance of a more specific URL?
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Re: IMCLA Keynote Speech

Postby quickstick » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:25 pm

When I make a great play it is because my opponent made me do so.
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Re: IMCLA Keynote Speech

Postby honorthegame » Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:31 pm

I will add my quick thanks to Quickstick for sharing this, and will certainly pass it on to my son and his coaches and teammates. =D>

It reminds me of a quote from another great coach and builder of young men, John Wooden: "Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character."
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