2-4-1 Blog

November 25, 2021

November is About Gratitude — and Football

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things”
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November 12, 2021

Telling the 2-4-1 Story with Chuck Wilson and Even Field

I recently had the undeniable privilege of being interviewed by Chuck Wilson, who among other great career moments, was the first hired by ESPN when they started their radio broadcast in 1991. Chuck went on to be recognized by Sports
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September 9, 2021

The Derek Jeter Ticket

The following is a flashback to September of 2014 and being retold now in honor of the great Derek Jeter being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this week! My oldest daughter taught me a pretty valuable lesson this
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September 7, 2021

“The Start” — Turning Ripples into Waves

My youngest daughter (now a junior at George Washington University) started her college essay for admissions a few years back with the clever opening hook: “My family takes in strays”. It was a successful way to draw in the reader
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April 22, 2021

It’s No Fun If It’s No Fun

It’s no fun if it’s no fun. Fun has such funky connotation.  While most would agree that sports in general should be fun, there are certainly some cynics out there that would say we’re creating a “soft” competitor when fun
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April 8, 2021

Risk Mitigation vs. Risk Free

Originally sent to 2-4-1 Families in early May, 2020 in response to the lack of national guidance we were receiving at the local level…nearly a year later, we stand behind our response and continue to think through how we can
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March 6, 2021

Do We Really Want to Go Back to Normal?

As we work our way back to “normal” in what hopefully will soon be a post-pandemic world, we have an opportunity to approach our youth sports parenting differently. While maybe not the way we would have asked for, we were nonetheless
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March 3, 2021

The Power of the ASSISTant

“Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others is out-weighing your concern for yourself” – Phil Jackson. Near the end of a recent podcast, I was asked “What are the best ideas you’ve ‘borrowed’ from another coach?”  My answer was
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