Setting the Table for Touch Points

You know those special players who show up to practice every day with great enthusiasm, who go around connecting with each of their teammates and brings life to the team.  Those are special players we should look to develop more of.

It’s essential our players connect with one another prior to playing.  Often times, the first time our players communicate each day is in the huddle, on the field, on the court or in-action.  This goes for coaches as well, we often speak to some players for the first time each day when we’re coaching them on the field or court.

Touch-points is a small and simple way to bring “life” and “connection” to our teams, prior to stepping into action.  A great reminder to each of us; Connect Before You Lead. Touch-points help make everyone feel connected, everyone feel important and helps remind us that everything is not about us, but rather about the team.

You know those players who show up.

""Touch-points is so simple, yet so powerful.  Getting players into the habit of demonstrating "touch-points" has changed our team.""
High School Varsity Football Coach, Maryland

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A quick, oftentimes physical in the form of a handshake, hi-five, or fist tap, acknowledgment of a teammate with the goal of creating connection and energy

Touch Points Shareable Graphics

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

Touch Points 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.

Touch Points Quiz Questions

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

  • Leaders connect before ___________.
  • What can a connection be?
  • Why is it important to connect with a teammate before you get to the game?