Trust the process.

02.25.2020
Dave Mason

I read a ton of stuff related to coaching youth sports. A phrase that seems to pop up a lot is ‘trust the process’.

I Googled that one.

Trust the Process is a slogan used by fans of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, though it has since become popular elsewhere in sports and culture. Coined during a rough patch for the team, it basically means “things may look bad now, but we have a plan in place to make it better.”  It can also mean to focus on what you’re doing and not worry so much about the outcome, something like “stop and smell the roses.”  On the other hand, it can mean to stick to the plan and not chase short-term distractions. Trust the Process can also mean something like “everyone chill out. We got this.”

My interpretation of all that is that when it comes to youth sports, everyone (kids and parents) should trust that there is some kind of plan for improvement, and that the people in charge of that plan (coaches) can actually execute it. Maybe it’s just me, but if I’m going to trust any kind of plan put in place by anyone—but especially if that plan involves my kids—I kind of need to know what the plan is, I need some insight into the people who are going to execute it, and I need to know how things are going as the plan is unfolding.

From their kids’ teachers, parents get insight into pedagogy, curriculum, mindset, philosophy, and the progress and proficiency levels of their children by way of a constant flow of metrics, ratings, comments, and human interaction. They get continuous feedback. And that—along with the fact that the school system, with its K-12/college structure, grading, GPAs, honors and AP classes, ACT/SAT scores, etc. are universally recognized, expected, understood, and accepted—helps most people trust the education process.

Why not give kids and parents the same level of insight into the sport process that they get into the academic process?

PowerPlayer makes it easy for coaches to communicate directly with players and their parents. It helps create connection, insight, and confidence by delivering a flow of private, individualized quantitative/qualitative data, comments, video, etc.—the sports equivalent of quiz and test scores, grades, and report cards, etc.—that can help players and parents understand and trust the process. 

Coaches who use PowerPlayer have told us it’s changing the way they’re coaching because it challenges them to really look at each individual player, and to focus on each player’s personal effort, proficiencies, and challenges. They’re reporting elevated compete levels in their players—not just in games, but in practices and fitness or skills sessions. They’re finding that kids are more likely to talk with them after reading a comment or viewing a video. And they’re hearing how much parents appreciate the personal attention and information they’re receiving about their children.

We also hear a lot of positive comments from parents. One mom mentioned the positive change in demeanor she’d seen in her 10 year old son, and the huge smile she’d seen on his face after he read some of the comments his coach had provided. He was energized, engaged, and having fun learning to play hockey. That made her very, very happy.

And, trust us—that kind of feedback makes us very, very happy too. 

Want to make PowerPlayer part of your process? Give us a buzz.