Category Archives: Coaching

#14 – Bundle of Sticks – Playing Together to Achieve Team Synergies

#14 – Bundle of Sticks – Playing Together to Achieve Team Synergies

Sticks in a bundle can’t be broken but sticks taken singly can be easily broken. Same applies to people.

One of the most potent superpowers any team has is Unity. In this episode, we talk about creating unity on the field, amplifying it at home, and using Unity as a measure of a game’s effectiveness.

Sometimes, we just need a simple and effective way to introduce the concept to players so they will understand and be able to apply it. Moms and Dads need a simple message to reinforce at home. Players need a vocabulary that they can use to focus one another on the field on the concept when they need to. “Bindle of Sticks” has served my team[]s for several seasons now and easily deserves credit for much of my team’s success.

The concept is so useful that players will easily take this with them when they leave the pitch for the last time. Employees, adults, families, and even business owners employing the Bundle of Sticks philosophy are better of for knowing it.

How many different ways can you apply the Bundle of Sticks (B.O.S.) philosophy in your life or in the lives of your players? I’d love to hear about how Bundle of Sticks has helped in your neck of the woods.

[00:44] Unconventional Wisdom

[02:27] Pre-Season Ritual

[02:58] Introducing Bundle of Sticks to Players

[03:42] Origins of Bundle of Sticks

[04:24] The Effect of Bundle of Sticks

[05:43] Coaching Bundle of Sticks from the Bench

[06:46] Players Who Play Individual Ball

[07:20] Average Players Frustrating Better Players

[07:58] Cowboys Mess Teams Up

[08:22] How do we Train and Tigger the Bundle of Sticks Method?

[09:38] Reinforcing the Meta-Message on the Pitch and Off

[10:00] Bundle of Sticks Trigger During a Game

[11:35] Finding B.O.S. in Professional Games

[12:32] Bundle Breaking Down

[13:49] Call to Action, Summary, & Bringing B.O.S. Knowledge to Your Team

Resources Referenced in this Episode:

  • “The Father, His Sons, and The Bundle of Sticks.” Fables of Aesop, 28 Mar. 2017,
  • Stick Bundle Image. Brooklyn Museum [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
#13 – Talent is Only Part of Success in Sports

#13 – Talent is Only Part of Success in Sports

Inspired by an article written by Fred Bowen of the Washington Post titled “Athletic Ability is just a part of success in sports,” we hear what 5 high school coaches are looking for from players beyond athletic ability. We also hear about what Tom Statham from Manchester United’s Youth program has to say about essentially… Continue Reading

#8 – Getting Familiar with The Throw In

The throw-in is a basic maneuver that all soccer players, parents, fans, and coaches need to be familiar with. There are rules for the throw-in: where they are relevant, body position, physical position relative to the field, the movement itself, what other receiving players can or can not do, whether offsides rules apply during a… Continue Reading

#6 – The Real and Profound Effect of Dehydration on Performance

Dehydration decreases mental and physical performance on the field and in school in some pretty dramatic ways. Something as simple as not drinking water cut performance by nearly 50% in laboratory studies for patients who were just walking! Dehydration affects the body and the mind in many ways that extend well beyond the soccer field.… Continue Reading