Coach at De LaSalle has it right, movie: When the Game Stands Tall

Recently, I was able to see When the Game Stands Tall. It is a movie about the year that The Streak was broken and the coach that was involved in building the program at De LaSalle HS in California. I was quite impressed with the process that he used to build and maintain a championship program.

Bob Ladouceur is the architect of the program.

“I spent a year with ‘Coach Lad’ and I never heard him use the word win,” author Neil Hayes of the book When the Game Stands Tall, said. “I really don’t think you can win 151 games in a row if you’re trying to win.”

A team building activity that caught my attention was that each week Coach Lad gave every player a white index card to write down a practice goal, a game goal, and a conditioning goal. The players would stand up at the weekly meeting, announce the goal and, most important, to whom they were pledging their commitment. It was the other player’s job to stand up the next week and tell the team if the player had accomplished his goals.

And the movie got it mostly right!

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there is another documentary, 151: the greatest streak, i cant find


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