Coaches Sports Philosophy Network

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True Competition: Promoting Partnership

Started by Dennis Scott in General CSPN Discussions May 22, 2014.

Spectator Sportsmanship 1 Reply

Started by Dennis Scott in General CSPN Discussions. Last reply by Dennis Scott Oct 5, 2012.

Sports: Serious or Silly?

Started by Dennis Scott in General CSPN Discussions Oct 7, 2011.

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Setbacks and Comebacks

World Cup Champions and the "Freedom to Fail".Congratulations are certainly in order for the U.S.…See More
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Creating a Culture of Christ-likeness

When I arrived at our School our school had a perception for bad behavior even though our teams…See More
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Squirrels, Acorns, and Sports

Ever heard of squirrels being used as a team mascot?  Neither had I until I did a brief search on…See More
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Creating a Culture of Christ-likeness

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Welcome to CSPN!

 While CSPN is primarily designed for coaches, anyone interested in developing a philosophy of athletics is welcome to join. Invite others to participate in the network!


As an organization, we're embarking on a huge next step with the organization of TSPN, The Sports Philosophy Network!  This is an exciting time to be a part of CSPN/TSPN, and we need your support to get this ball rolling.

Please take a few minutes to read this and contemplate the impact and the opportunity available to us all.

TSPN Opportunity

As we talked to people across the country about CSPN, it became apparent that a value-based philosophy of sports was needed not just for coaches, but for all those associated with sports, including athletes, officials, organizational leaders, parents, and the general fan base. This broader vision led to the creation of The Sports Philosophy Network (TSPN), which aims to reach all stakeholder groups with the message that character in sports matters.

Over the next several weeks and months, we are working to get support so that TSPN can formally launch as a non-profit with paid staff who will then have the time to focus on what needs be done to move TSPN forward. We have identified a marketing agency to help us create branding, a logo, general marketing services, and a new custom built website and network platform for TSPN's long term future.

As initial members of CSPN, which has steadily grown since 2009 to over 500 members, we trust that you have both benefited from CSPN, and are excited about TSPN's future. We've not made a habit of asking for financial support thus far, and to date we've invested over $10,000 of our own personal funds to see CSPN have the impact that it has had and to keep the vision for TSPN moving forward. We are asking for your help now in two simple ways to help kick off TSPN's grassroots campaign:

  • Please donate $20.
  • Please be a purposeful ambassador for TSPN/CSPN for the next 3 months and see if you get 3 people to match your gift of $20. That is just one person each month who you connect with, talk about CSPN, and get to donate with you because you both believe in and are excited about the future of TSPN.

We've made it super simple to give by launching a crowdfunding project through Crowdrise.com at www.crowdrise.com/tspn/fundraiser/cspn. All gifts are tax deductible. Please read about the Crowdrise project and forward the link to anyone you want.

We value your support moving forward and look forward to partnering with you to impact society with a sound, value-based philosophy of sport and competition that has a lasting impact on generations to come. There is a huge need, and therefore a huge opportunity for TSPN moving forward. We are very excited, and trust that you are as well. 

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Creating a Culture of Christ-likeness

When I arrived at our School our school had a perception for bad behavior even though our teams were highly competitive. At our first A.D. meeting for conference fall sports awards our school placed dead last in the sportsmanship voting. After meeting with some A.D.'s privately we set out to make some changes to  the culture of our athletic program.
1. We evaluated  our program from God's perspective. …

Posted by Damian Ahrens on April 23, 2015 at 5:18pm

Building a Great Program

This past week, I watched a basketball game that could only be defined as “ugly”. Despite the efforts of both teams to lose the game, one team eventually had to win on the scoreboard. Sure enough, the team with a winning record prevailed despite multiple turnovers and missed free throws in the final minutes. The losing team continued its winless season, and as I spoke to their despondent head coach after the game, I was again reminded of the hard work it takes to build a winning program. He…


Posted by Josh Beers on January 27, 2015 at 9:48pm

Tips to the Young Coach (From Me to Myself)

See more posts like this atTheAthleticDirectors.com!

Did you ever wish that you could go back in time? I do. I wish I could go back and slap some sense into myself at various points of my life. God’s been so good to me, no doubt. However, like everyone else, I’ve lacked some serious perspective from time to time. As I approach my 28th birthday, I get further away from my first job as a head…


Posted by Jeff Peterson on July 30, 2014 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments


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