The t-shirt design has changed multiple times over the years but the joy of receiving a photo of a player proudly wearing an Alercio OLine Clinic shirt never changes. Several years ago, while I was speaking at a football clinic, a coach in the audience pulled up his polo shirt to reveal an Alercio OLine Clinic t-shirt underneath. When I think of the thousands of shirts we have given out over more than 20 years, I hope they bring a sense of joy and pride every time they are worn.
While having a conversation with another coach about camps and clinics he shared the two schools of thought: “You can make a lot off of a little, or a little off of a lot.” His example was that if you charge $100 and get 40 kids, it is the same as if you get 100 kids and charge $40. I have always and will always choose the latter. Most of us coaches get into the profession to impact the lives of players the way that our coaches and mentors impacted our lives. Zig Zigler, The author/trainer/motivational speaker used to say, “You can have everything you want if you’ll just help others get what they want…” I’d rather help hundreds rather than dozens of players learn and develop. Even if it costs a little more in t-shirts or takes a little longer at registration check-in, it’s worth it to help these student-athletes learn and achieve more.
I look forward to the next such opportunity; Sunday 11 June on the campus of St Johnsbury Academy for our Vermont Alercio OLine Clinic. Student-Athletes and coaches will travel from all over the Northeast and Canada to learn, work, and play together. They’ll take home a t-shirt, some new skills, new friends, and a belief in their potential as teammates. We’d love to have you join us. The more, the merrier!
Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at firstname.lastname@example.org and share http://www.olineskills.com with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time!