Setting the Table for Word Pop

Games are intense.  They require heightened levels of engagement and quick thinking in high-pressure situations, therefore it’s essential to have exercises that help prepare our players for those moments.  When the clock is ticking, their number is called and they have to perform; how well do they do?

Leaders don’t cave in pressure situations, they rise to the occasion.

Word Pop is an exercise that’ll help your players get the reps needed to perform their best when the “lights come on.”  Word Pop will raise the levels of engagement in your players, challenge them to think quick and to stay ready for when their number will be called.

Have fun and #LeadEmUp

"“I loved this exercise.  It required me to stay locked-in and think quick in a pressure situation, just like we need to do in games ”"
Junior Quarterback - Maryland High School

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Word Pop Lesson Plan

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Word Pop Example Videos

See Word Pop in action below to get a better understanding of how to teach the the Exercise.

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Word Pop Shareable Graphics

Share these in the locker room, coaches office or on social media.

Word Pop Exercise Reminder Card

To emphasize and reinforce the lessons learned in this exercise with your players, download and share this graphic with them 24 hours after completing the exercise.

Word Pop Quiz Questions

Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.

  • Leaders don’t cave in pressure situations, they _________.
  • What major lesson does being on your tip-toes teach?
  • How does increased focus lead to better performance?