Motivational Rocks

In Mental Training by Coach Brock

Toronto’s two main coaches appear to be using the same motivational playbook lately.  Last year, Dwane Casey arranged for a 1,300 pound boulder to be placed in the Raptors dressing room, in order to reinforce the team’s “Pound the Rock” motto. During off-season renovations, Randy Carlyle decided to install a slab of limestone, which weighs over five thousand pounds, to demonstrate that the organization is “Rock Solid.”

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Although Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment often tolerates the status quo, they were not apparently not satisfied with the Thornhill quarry that provided last year’s stone, purchasing the from a location in Wiarton instead.  Irrespective of the concept that the coach is employing as extrinsic motivation, players must buy-in and find their own intrinsic motivation if they really wish to excel.