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5 Effective Ways To Motivate And Support Your Football Team

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5 Effective Ways To Motivate And Support Your Football Team

When you support a football team, you don’t support them because of trophies, players, or their history. You support them because you found a connection with them, you feel like you belong there. So, if you are you looking for ways to show your support to your favorite football team in the ground, then go out there and support your team in the best possible way with these great tips.


For die-hard fans, there is no better way of supporting your football team than showing up hours or days before game-day to tailgate. A tradition with humble beginning on the back of pickup trucks, tailgating has grown in prominence and a common and cherished experience at high school, college, and professional football games.

Ardent fans enjoy the experience of driving RVs filled to the brim with the latest and greatest party gear. The gear ranges from premium barbecues to satellite dishes; anything that gets the party going is welcomed. In most cases, tailgating parties almost as exciting and entertaining as the live games.

If you are planning to host a pregame party, you ought to plan way ahead. First and foremost, familiarize yourself with the stadium, its parking facilities, and regulations. It may be the case that tailgating around the stadium and/or consumption of alcohol within the parking area is prohibited or restricted to certain designated areas.

When you pack, prioritize efficiency and portability. The last thing you want is to miss kickoff while packing your gear and other items back into your vehicle. The most important gear to have while tailgating is a portable grill, utensil for cooking and eating, and perhaps a folding table and some portable chairs. Any other item is optional; you can do without that big screen, party tent, or campers. A minimalist tailgate party enhances your experience.

Learn the Traditions

Part of being a football fan is knowing and participating in your team’s and the fanbase’s traditions enthusiastically according to sports handicapper Wunderdog. Whether high schools, college, or professional teams, few teams will lack a fight song played and sang during touchdowns, timeouts, and big plays. Learn the word the rallying songs and any choreography that accompany the songs. If you are attending a school game, learn the alma mater.

There is more to supporting your team than singing, however. Fans will cheer and participate in other spectacles during games. The very best example of this is college football games. In any typical football game, tens of thousands of fans might move in unison while cheering or yelling to support their team and get them fired up.

University of Arkansas’ “Hog Call” is a very good example. During kickoffs and any other major events during the game, all of the Razorback fans deafen the stadium with the “Woooooooo. Pig. Sooie!” chant. University of Wisconsin fans – the Badgers – shake the stadium to its foundation by bouncing to House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” Such traditions might seem silly, but they are the makings of special and emotional memories that you will live to cherish.

Let Your Team Spirit Shine Through

Almost every football programs, right from the smallest highs school in rural America to the latest Super Champions, offer merchandise you can buy to support your team. Quite often, the merchandise on sale includes clothing items such as t-shirts. However, larger teams will l likely offer a diverse variety of merchandise goods that are more profitable. Profitable items include things like license plate frames and personal checks.

Louisiana State University, a college football powerhouse in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), offers more theat 2,600 items on its official merchandise shop (LSUshop.net) for teams selling this kind of items, it can be profitable and supports the team immensely. For instance, in 2008, the University of Texas sold more than $17 million of the team’s merchandise. However, this revenue bundled together the sopersorhip and advertising deals revenue with merchandise revenue (source: Dexheimer).

In a nutshell, no matter the football program you support, you can show your loyalty by buying their team merchandise. It can be as simple to buy the team’s flag to decorate your car with your head to a game or a magnetic patch to stick to your door. If your team is trying to get its fan’s section wearing the same color, consider purchasing the team shirt. Go a step further and buy their coffee mug with their logo. Not only will you give the team a little advertising where you use the mug, but it’s also a good way to display your bragging rights when the team wins.

Get Creative

Supporting your team should not end with wearing a store-bought hoodie to the games. Some fans go a step further and get creative with how they support their teams. For instance, many fans will use homemade body paint, signs, and costumes to support their teams. If you want modest painting, head to the tailgating booth to have your cheeks painted your team’s colors.

Some fans go all out and paint their entire bodies, from head to toe, in their team’s colors. Others will paint the initials of their team on their chest and head out to the games bear-chested, even in the frigid cold. If you prefer staying warmer on game night, wear a costume that resembles your team mascot or even buy your favorite patriotic light up toys. The Oakland Raiders fans are renowned for wearing outlandish costumes that combine chains, skulls, shoulder pads, and spiked helmets.

That said, body painting and costumes are not for everyone. If you want to support your team, but painting your body is not your cup of tea, use creative signs instead. Posterboard statements have become staples at football games across all levels of the game. You could use signs that as ubiquitous as the “John 3:26” verse to intricate signs with an acrostic of team letters.

You could go for simple, funny, or highly-decorated signs, as long as the letters are big enough for the people around to read. You could also involve your friends and family by having them hold a series of signs to spell out something interesting regarding your team, such as the mascot’s name.

It is important to ensure you are considerate of the people around you when using your sign during the game.

Give Money

Unfortunately, the tailgate parties, the body paint, and car stickers will not go a long way in buying jerseys, fund scholarships, or pay for stadium renovations. Football can be an expensive sport, and the tickets and the merchandise revenue might not suffice in paying for all the program’s cost, especially for smaller universities.

In 2008, only 25 of the 119 college teams that make up the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division 1-A) reported having a budget surplus. The other 94 football teams operated with a budget deficit averaging $9.87 million (source: Moltz). If donors do not contribute to these football programs, the 94 schools have to take funds from the general operating funds to run their football program.

Universities are always appealing to their communities and the alumni to donate to the football teams to fill the budgetary gap. Donating monetary gifts is a good way to support your team, especially high school and college teams.

Alternatively, you can support your team by purchasing season tickets. Teams rely on season tickets, which guarantee your seat whether you attend or generate a reliable income team. Teams will provide reserved parking, choice seats, and other perks on game days to show gratitude to season ticket holders.

The Well-Being Revolution: Building a More Resilient Workforce

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The Well-Being Revolution: Building a More Resilient Workforce

Join me October 14, 2021 at 9am EST!

Well-being is in the midst of a revolution and the more organizations understand wellbeing – what it is, what it’s not – better they and their workforces become. I speak with Occupational Health & Safety and Well-being expert Kate Field to talk about well-being and what it really encompasses. As Kate puts it, well-being is not just “yogurt and yoga” and you’ll have to listen to know what that means. Kate will talk to us about how resilience in people and organization’s is created by trust and working together; bridging various groups instead of working in isolation. We’ll even get some pointers on how Business Continuity professionals can help with and contribute to, the wellbeing revolution.

If you want a better workplace, don’t miss my chat with Kate.

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Well-Being: Creating Resilience in the Teams You Lead

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Well-Being: Creating Resilience in the Teams You Lead

Join me May 20/21, at 9am EST!

All organization’s strive to be more resilient as they move forward. They want resilient processes and operations but without resilient leaders and resilient employees, an organization will never get there. I talk with noted speaker, coach, instructor and consultant, Tammie Horton on how to create resilience within your teams. Tammie will describe the characteristics that can make a person more resilient, as well as describing how the brain functions in relation to resilient states of mind. COVID has put allot of stress on individuals, teams, and organizations, putting a strain on the well-being of many. Mental health and one’s own well-being is key to creating a resilient mindset, workplace, and team. Full of insightful information, this chat with Tammie is not to be missed if you want your teams and team members to be more resilient.


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Strategic Leadership Lessons by Luis Vicente Garcia

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Strategic Leadership Lessons by Luis Vicente Garcia

Leadership with a Strategic Vision.

Leadership is a key factor for success in today’s business world and we all learn from different perspectives, as well as our experiences. As a Leader, you need to develop important abilities while having a clear vision of where you want to be.

Your team will follow you and your ideas if you are the best example they can follow; this is why leaders lead by example. And if Leadership is an art, all leaders need to inspire, empower and motivate constantly.

In our lives we encounter many obstacles and challenges and we are the ones that need to be determined in order to make an impact and achieve the change we aspire to happen. This is what leaders do every single day.

And former Air Force F-15 Pilot Steve Olds is now applying to small business the leadership and growth skills he has learned and developed over the years and has developed not only a clear leadership vision but also has helped many business owners and small entrepreneurs focus, grow and develop a vision of their own.

Leadership is about mentoring, guiding, about teaching others. As a result, to be an excellent leader in the business world today, Steve draws form his own personal experiences to define leadership in a different way, focusing on small and mid-sized businesses while developing international teams and ventures.

Join Luis Vicente Garcia and Steve Olds on this very interesting and inspiring episode as we discover the importance of strategic leadership.

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Bio: – Steve Olds; PATRIOT MISSION Founder, President & CEO

Steve Olds was a combat decorated F15 Eagle fighter pilot. Since moving into the private sector, he has served at every level of small business operations including creating and funding new ventures, building large international sales teams, product development and strategic consulting.

Steve is now leveraging more than two decades of entrepreneurial experience as a visionary, leader and communicator to execute his current role as Chief Executive Officer of PATRIOT MISSION which is a US based leadership development company. Their mission is to Rebuild America through The POWER of Small Business™.


Is your TEAM ready to win the World Series? by Luis Vicente Garcia

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Is your TEAM ready to win the World Series? by Luis Vicente Garcia


Baseball season is just starting.

Baseball is not only a great sport for those of us who follow it and love it, but is also played in many different countries in the world. Of course the US has the best baseball league but many other Caribbean and South American countries have played baseball for almost a century now.

So as the 2016 baseball season is underway, all Coaches, players, fans and staff have a renewed hope to be in the play offs and then winning the World Series.

And here are a series of important elements that will help you make it but one, above all else, is the number one #1 Key to success:

Is Your TEAM Ready to win the World Series?

It really means asking you the following questions:

– do you have the best players, strategies and coaches?
– Can they work together and at the same time improve their individual abilities?
– How is your farming system and are you constantly training them to reach new levels of performance?

There are many important questions that every leader and manager need to answer in order to achieve your organization’s goals and many of them are related to TEAM PERFORMANCE.

Join us on this interesting show as we discuss the importance of TEAMS to achieve our goals.

Tune in Live every Tuesday at 3pm PST to Performing at Your Best: Mindset Evolution with Luis Vicente Garcia


We’re Number One (or are we?)

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We’re Number One (or are we?)

Number 1

What is wrong with being Number 1? Numero Uno? The best?

If you or your organization is truly the best at what is being claimed, there is nothing wrong with being proud about this singular achievement. Likewise, there is also nothing wrong with being confident in one’s own or their team’s / organization’s ability to achieve a particular result PROVIDED that it is rooted in reality.

The problem is when the claim is not rooted in reality. After all, ‘best’ and ‘#1’ are absolutes. And despite the myriad claims by many, there can only be one that occupies this exalted ground. Yet, there are many that make this claim.

Over-confidence is yet another bias which prevents us from improving, implementing meaningful change and being better leaders. This bias is called illusory superiority bias – the statistically improbable belief of being above average.

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