Everywhere you go, there is one word you will see and hear constantly around the Campbell Football program: Industriousness.
In simple terms, Industriousness means hard work, although it means much more than that to the Campbell Football program. The word became one of our two cornerstones with the introduction of John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.
When we hear industriousness, two words come to mind: devotion and consistency.
Many people and teams work hard regularly and still seem to fall short of success. That’s because they forget to develop a devotion for success. Our team, before off-season workouts begin, created goals for the upcoming season.
One of our goals for the 2018 season is to win the Big South Championship.
The simple recall of industriousness reminds us of that goal by understanding that we must work hard all phases to develop ourselves to a level where we can help Campbell Football win the Big South Championship.
So, what does that look like for us on a consistent basis?
Let’s start with the clearest phase, practice. During the spring, we are allowed to have 15 practices, including scrimmages. Spring ball starts on Thursday (March 1) and goes until April 14th, the day of our spring game at Barker-Lane Stadium.
The first week of practice is exciting, no more prowlers, gassers, or shuttles, just football. And we have no trouble working hard. However, when we get into week four and five of practice, everything starts to become repetitive and working hard requires a conscious effort. With a basic gesture of industriousness, we know that we need to focus in on our alignment, assignment, and technique each play to continue our development.
The next phase does not have a limit of 15 times, weight training. Like practice, the action required is relatively straightforward, pushing your body past its limit to become stronger and faster.
This is done in three different layers: lifting, conditioning, and our new method, yoga.
Through January and February, we have lifting and conditioning four days a week. We do everything from squatting and benching to overhead pressing and cleaning.
After National Signing Day in early February, our conditioning changes into circuit form that we call coaches stations and us players have the ‘joy’ of seeing our coaches smiling faces as they prepare to drive us to the ground. Although, we dread doing them, we constantly have to remind ourselves to push hard and not get through and industriousness helps us with changing our mindset.
Flexibility is just as important as strength on the field and in the weight room. Mike Stryffeler, our head strength and conditioning coach, saw that we needed to improve in this area and integrated yoga into our workout plan once a week.
Yes, watching 300-pound lineman doing yoga is just as funny as you are imagine in your head. However, we do take the 45 minute session serious and our yoga instructor, Jenn, does a fantastic job with us. We can see a difference in our bodies while running and lifting the rest of the week.
Performance in the classroom is just as important as performance on the field. The two biggest things that hinders performance in the classroom are time management and motivation. We use plenty of measures to help players learn these valuable skills like study hall, integrity sheets, and academic meetings with coaches and advisors.
However, sometimes we need more than what the organization can provide. That’s when one of the leaders on the team will meet with a player to explain to him the importance of industriousness in the classroom and how it will carry over to the field. The goal is to instill the same work ethic the player has on field in the classroom.
Our goal each semester is for every player to have a 3.0 GPA and each player to reach this achievement is recognized in front of the team, providing a little external incentive.
The other classroom we have is the film room and outside of position meetings with coaches, this phase is totally controlled by us. This makes implanting industriousness into our subconscious crucial. We have to secure a grasp on time management to effectively complete our work in the classroom and film room.
The last phase is special to our program. Personal development is essential part of being in college and coach Minter takes it to another level. With his implementation of leadership classes and sessions with sports psychologists, he understands that developing the mind is just as imperative as developing the body.
Everyone has something that they could get better at and after a 30 minute meeting with coach Minter, he can tell you what that something is and how to go about improving it.
That’s the first part of our team philosophy and one of the two cornerstones. Our next post will explain the second piece of the team philosophy, Enthusiasm.
Thomas Hartshorn is a redshirt senior linebacker on the Campbell Football team from Apex, N.C. Read his entire blog series leading up to the start of the 2018 season.