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Green 13 2022 Recipients

Green 13 2022 Recipients

Green 13 is one of the highlights of the year for our team at Lead ‘Em Up. This is our third year of The Green 13 and we received more nominations than ever before. It was very difficult to narrow down the list to just 13 winners, but that’s what makes this award all...

5 Dangers of Red Players

5 Dangers of Red Players

To build green we first remove the red. Red players are a threat to your team, if their behaviors are not addressed the team will never become what it aspires to be.

2022 Green 13 Nominations

2022 Green 13 Nominations

Green 13 is back and bigger than ever. Two years ago we introduced our national Green 13 Program; a celebration of 13 students/athletes across the country who best represent what it means to be "GREEN". Previous Green 13 Recipients Year 1 Recipients Year 2 Recipients...

M-P-S Filter

M-P-S Filter

From the beginning of Lead ‘Em Up we have been committed to building a curriculum that engages young people in a way that leaves them wanting to engage more. Could we build a leadership curriculum that young people viewed as something they “get to do” rather than...

Lead ‘Em Up Classroom Informational Webinar

Lead ‘Em Up Classroom Informational Webinar

Have you been trying to find a way to bring Social Emotional Learning(SEL) to your school or program in a way that is fun and impactful for your students? It would be great if you could join us for a webinar where we will cover the basics of the Lead 'Em Up classroom...

The Top 10 Pain Points Coaches Experience

The Top 10 Pain Points Coaches Experience

At Lead ‘Em Up we are privileged to work with great coaches all across the globe in all sports. Our heart and mission is to make the life of the coach easier by helping them build the leaders needed to win. In an effort to do that, we are constantly asking questions and seeking feedback from the coaches themselves.

Through this process we’ve identified the top 10 pain points the majority of coaches experience.

3 Ways to Fight for Your Green Team

3 Ways to Fight for Your Green Team

A Green Team is built upon athletes who show up special. They are money when it comes to their character, leadership, and ability to make others around them better. The goal is to get as many players living in the green so the team can perform at its highest level.

The Power of Classroom Coaching

The Power of Classroom Coaching

Have you attempted or wanted to teach life skills to your athletes? If you’re like most coaches the answer is, absolutely.

Once athletes start experiencing growth, they want more of it.  So when the team begins to grow in the classroom together, the athletes will want more of it, making leadership development more sought after by the players.

The 2021 Green 13

The 2021 Green 13

The Green13 award is handed out to 13 athletes who’ve represented what it means to be “green.” Coaches nominate their athletes, the Lead ‘Em Up team goes through our voting/selection process and we land on the top-13.

And each winner gets FREE Chick-Fil-A for a YEAR.

Lead ‘Em Up Classroom is Here

Lead ‘Em Up Classroom is Here

We are thrilled to share some very exciting news with you... Lead 'Em Up is now teacher tested and student approved! During the past year we've been piloting our classroom curriculum with four schools across North America. We've received tremendous feedback from...

2021 Green 13 Nominations

2021 Green 13 Nominations

Green 13 is back and bigger than ever. Last year we introduced our Green 13 program: 13 athletes who represented what it means to be "green" as we announced the original 13 recipients of this highly respected and coveted award. (Click here to see the original Green 13...

Lead ‘Em Up Athletic Program Roll Out

Lead ‘Em Up Athletic Program Roll Out

It’s our mission to get Lead ‘Em Up to as many schools and athletic programs across the world as possible.

When working with an athletic program there are typically three ways in which Lead ‘Em Up gets rolled-out Athletic Program wide

Are You Asking Your Leaders This?

Are You Asking Your Leaders This?

In sports, and in life, we will all be a follower at some point and actively participate in the role of a ‘follower’. And in most cases, we will be in that role more often than that of leadership.

So, why not learn to excel as both a leader and a follower?

The Top 10 Most Popular Lead ‘Em Up Exercises

The Top 10 Most Popular Lead ‘Em Up Exercises

We pride ourselves on our unique curriculum which reaches athletes where they’re at, teaches them how they learn, and is filled with themes which are memorable and portable.

While it’s hard to narrow down which exercises are the best, we compiled a list of the 10 most popular Lead ‘Em Up exercises.

The Corner, Featuring Grace Jones

The Corner, Featuring Grace Jones

Improving as a leader also improved my drive to become a better athlete. I trained harder and started seeing the bigger picture. I not only wanted to be a better player for myself, but for my team as well.

The Corner, Featuring Katie Robinson

The Corner, Featuring Katie Robinson

Improving as a leader has transitioned me from an individual centered mindset to team mindset. I have a much better understanding of the value of being a member of a team. Being a part of a team has taught me the importance of everyone working together to accomplish a common goal.

The Corner, Featuring Chloe Murdock

The Corner, Featuring Chloe Murdock

Discover how Chloe Murdock’s leadership growth has impacted his teammates and program in this edition of The Corner from Lead ‘Em Up.

The Corner, Featuring Damir Miller

The Corner, Featuring Damir Miller

Player Name: Damir Miller Year in School: 8th Grade Sport: Basketball Name of School: China Grove Middle School Brief bio/summary from coach about player: Damir had never played basketball leading into try-outs for 7th grade two years ago. He steadily worked on his...

The Corner, Featuring Noah Allred

The Corner, Featuring Noah Allred

In this edition of The Corner, we learn how Noah Allred’s leadership transformation has impacted his team at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.

Five Leadership Lessons From The NFL Playoffs

Five Leadership Lessons From The NFL Playoffs

Leadership is more than quick soundbites while being mic'd up. We often hear announcers comment, "He's such a great leader for his team." But what does that mean? What does he do? What traits does he possess which make him a leader? NFL Wild Card weekend was full of...

8 Traits of the Best Teammates

8 Traits of the Best Teammates

If you were to ask any athlete past, present, or future what their favorite sports memories include, what would they say? Teammates. It's bigger than the scoreboard. Sports are about being a part of something bigger than yourself. Sure, they can bring individual...

The Corner, Featuring Will Harriman

The Corner, Featuring Will Harriman

Player Name: Will Harriman Year in School: Junior Sport: Basketball Name of School: Biddeford High School Brief bio/summary from coach about player: Will Harriman will be a Junior for the 2019-2020 school year.  Will averaged a few minutes per game at the varsity...

Become The Coach Your Athletes Will Learn From

Become The Coach Your Athletes Will Learn From

Who Do Athletes Learn From? Which coach did you learn best from growing up? Were they the “cold, ivory-tower” type of leader or were they warm and personable? We are willing to bet the coaches you learned best from were also the one’s you loved the most. Are today's...

Classroom Sessions

Classroom Sessions

Do teams need classroom time to be successful? Almost 90% of our hosted Lead ‘Em Up sessions now take place in a classroom, a contrast to our early years when most sessions were done on court, on the field or in a locker room. The classroom is the ideal environment...

The Corner, Featuring Maya Taylor

The Corner, Featuring Maya Taylor

Player Name: Maya Taylor Year in School: Junior Sport: Girls Basketball Name of School: South County High School What has helped you develop the leadership mindset you have today? Seeing the impact it has on my team, myself, and life on and off the court has...

The Corner, Featuring Jaylon Gibson

The Corner, Featuring Jaylon Gibson

Player Spotlight - Jaylon Gibson Junior Varsity Basketball Raleigh, North Carolina What has helped you develop the leadership mindset you have today?   I developed my leadership mindset after being put in a situation where there was no team leader other than the...

Good Character May Not Be What You Think It Is

Good Character May Not Be What You Think It Is

When you ask a group of players, "who has ever heard a coach say they're looking for kids with good character?" You'll see a room full of players all raising their hands.  We say it and they hear it. Often. We've recently polled hundreds of players asking them "when...

The Corner, Featuring Sara Moring

The Corner, Featuring Sara Moring

Player Spotlight  - Sara Moring  Senior  Varsity Basketball  Oak Hill High School; Wales, Maine Sara is a shooting guard who is in her third year starting for her program's varsity team. She started her sophomore year due to injury to a senior and has never let go of...

5 & 5 Social Media Strategy

5 & 5 Social Media Strategy

Utilize our 5 & 5 Strategy to help assure your social media consumption (which we all know is frequent) is one of the areas helping you grow and not holding you back.

Two Sides of The Game

Two Sides of The Game

Two Sides of the Game We hear it.  How can you not?  It’s everywhere we go. The players say it, the coaches say it, athletic director's talk about it, and parents have even said it. Why are we spending time developing leaders when we should be practicing? Shouldn’t we...

One Team Warming More Than Hearts This Holiday Season!

One Team Warming More Than Hearts This Holiday Season!

Program Spotlight - United Girls Basektball, Monmouth Illinois Have a you ever wanted to make a big impact in your community? Have you ever wanted to find a way for your players to come together, serve others, and grow closer together? If that's something you've...

The Corner, featuring Jordan Hawkins (Player Spotlight)

The Corner, featuring Jordan Hawkins (Player Spotlight)

Player Spotlight - Jordan Hawkins Sophomore Varsity Basketball Gaithersburg MD As a freshman starter on Varsity, he helped lead his Gaithersburg Trojans to a Regional Championship and to the State Semifinals at University of Maryland. What has helped you develop the...

Before You Eat – “Thanksgiving Two-Step

Before You Eat – “Thanksgiving Two-Step

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your team on behalf of the Lead 'Em Up family. Before you eat today, whether it's immediately before (during a toast or a prayer) or earlier in the day, together with your family go through the Thanksgiving Two-Step What is a...

Recognize The Drop Off

Recognize The Drop Off

As leaders responsible for leading our athletes we need to recognize and become aware of the leadership drop-off; a common occurrence in leadership. Whatever level you are at as a leader, there will always be a drop-off from your level to those around you. If they...

The Corner, featuring Marquez Cooper (Player Spotlight)

The Corner, featuring Marquez Cooper (Player Spotlight)

Player Spotlight – Marquez Cooper If you follow High School football you’ve most likely heard about the star running back Marquez Cooper out of Quince Orchard. Cooper has been dominating the competition and is being talked about all over, just read this and this to...

Players: Are You Setting Yourself Up For Success?

Players: Are You Setting Yourself Up For Success?

What do you do when you’re your gas light is on but you’re only a few miles away from where you're going?  You find the fuel your car needs and fill it up.  You don't take trash, blend it up and funnel it into the gas tank.  You don't dump Gatorade or the soda sitting...

Small Change… Huge Difference

Small Change… Huge Difference

As leaders, we have to be conscious what we allow into our minds. We all know what our players consume matters, but it's hard for them to see the bigger picture at times. So it presents the question, "What is our role as a coach?" It's difficult to get the message of...

Player Spotlight: Jao Ituka

Player Spotlight: Jao Ituka

As part of our effort to bring maximum value to players and coaches, Lead 'Em Up will begin sharing a montly player and program spotlight. We believe some of the best learning takes place from our peers. Think about it, some of the best stuff you get at coaching...

In-Season, Off-Season, All-Seasons

In-Season, Off-Season, All-Seasons

We often get asked by coaches when they should do the Lead 'Em Up exercises with their teams.  Our answer is always the same: in-season, off-season, all-seasons. Leadership is a lifestyle and needs to become part of our players lives.  It's not something they can just...

That’s All It Costs?

That’s All It Costs?

Only $99? That's crazy. "Wasn't it like $350 a team before," you may be thinking You are right. We decided to transition our product from a $349 a season price to a $99 a year all-access program. We did this for a couple reasons: Over the past 3-years, we've had...

Paint the Picture

Paint the Picture

Coaches fully understand when the leader improves, everybody wins. But how many players do? One of the best things about investing in leadership development is the multiplying effect it has. Individuals, teams, programs, schools, and communities all benefit when...

The More You Pour Into Your Players, The More They Have To Give

The More You Pour Into Your Players, The More They Have To Give

"What's down in the well, comes up in the bucket." We're sure you've heard this countless times, but it's one of those great quotes which we need continual reminders of. The Naval Seals have a saying, "You don't rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your...

Leading By Example Is Not Enough

Leading By Example Is Not Enough

When thinking of the characteristics which define leadership one of the top responses is always, "leading by example." We've all heard this phrase for as long as we can remember. Does it have merit? Yes...but it can't be the only thing required or expected of the...

Better People Make Better Athletes

Better People Make Better Athletes

Oftentimes the emphasis in youth and high school sports is placed on talent level alone. Adults get too caught up in the things which matter least in the long run. When we pause to reflect on what's most important, we should consider the following: How many great...

Leadership is a Lifestyle

Leadership is a Lifestyle

What do great leaders do more than anyone else? Great leaders lead all the time. More than anything else, great leaders are consistent. Leadership affects our every day interactions and experiences. As leaders, everything we say and do has an impact. We either bring...

Make Leadership The New Cool

Make Leadership The New Cool

Is leadership cool? We absolutely believe so! Many times leadership isn't viewed as cool, but when we stop and reflect on the best athletes and coaches in the world, the vast majority of them exhibit tremendous leadership ability. It's time we address the coolness of...

Leadership Needs Reps

Leadership Needs Reps

Are we born strong? Are we born with the ability to lift a ton of weight or run great distances? Of course not.  The best athletes in the world have to consistently workout, practice, and get their reps. Why should leadership be any different? Too often we hear...

When The Leader Improves, Everybody Wins!

When The Leader Improves, Everybody Wins!

One of our guiding principles at Lead 'Em Up is when the leader improves, everybody wins. We believe in it so much, it's one of the foundational blocks of Lead 'Em Up. In everything we do, we strive to improve the leader. When the leader improves they become an...