the iceman manifesto

I felt it was time to codify this. I will probably add to it from time to time. (It’s not in a specific order.)

  • Look for the higher percentage throw. At all times.
  • Remember — you don’t huck as well as you think. That’s a gun that should stay in it’s holster a whole lot more.
  • Relax. At all times. If you are not relaxed… then relax. You can be intense and yet relaxed. Try it. It’s cool.
  • Don’t yell at your teammates. You can talk to them, but you can’t yell at them. (Yes, you may have to be loud to be heard. But use your volume for communication, not to attack them.)
  • Channel your frustration into energy for cutting and defence. Keep your frustration out of your face and your voice.
  • If you can’t rein in your frustration, get off the field. Sit down. Have a drink. Relax. Then go back out.
  • Don’t act out when you make a mistake. This includes yelling out apologies when you throw a bad pass, or lying on the ground when you miss a defensive block. The mistake is in the past. By drawing attention to it, you are only discouraging yourself and your teammates and encouraging your opponents. Get back into the game immediately.
  • If you are giving suggestions or comments to a teammate, always shape your suggestion in a constructive manner. Don’t tell them what not to do, tell them what they can do.
  • Support your fellow players at all times on the field and from the sideline. Let them know you are there and you have their back.
  • Let your teammates know when they have done something well. Everytime.
  • Be aware that you will not always be able to play at the top of your game and allow yourself to be all right with this.

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