#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[spp-timestamp time=””]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.

[spp-timestamp time=”00:44″] Unconventional Wisdom

[spp-timestamp time=”02:27″] Pre-Season Ritual

[spp-timestamp time=”02:58″] Introducing Bundle of Sticks to Players

[spp-timestamp time=”03:42″] Origins of Bundle of Sticks

[spp-timestamp time=”04:24″] The Effect of Bundle of Sticks

[spp-timestamp time=”05:43″] Coaching Bundle of Sticks from the Bench

[spp-timestamp time=”06:46″] Players Who Play Individual Ball

[spp-timestamp time=”07:20″] Average Players Frustrating Better Players

[spp-timestamp time=”07:58″] Cowboys Mess Teams Up

[spp-timestamp time=”08:22″] How do we Train and Tigger the Bundle of Sticks Method?

[spp-timestamp time=”09:38″] Reinforcing the Meta-Message on the Pitch and Off

[spp-timestamp time=”10:00″] Bundle of Sticks Trigger During a Game

[spp-timestamp time=”11:35″] Finding B.O.S. in Professional Games

[spp-timestamp time=”12:32″] Bundle Breaking Down

[spp-timestamp time=”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, fablesofaesop.com/the-father-his-sons-and-the-bundle-of-sticks.html.
  • Stick Bundle Image. Brooklyn Museum [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Soccer Dad, Coach, and Club President who is devoted to developing kids and their families. With a diverse background in leadership in other settings, David is focused on empowering parents, players, and coaches to focus on the stuff that really matters in youth sports.