Picture this; it’s 1995 and my friends and I are all starting to play football for the Closter Cobras.

Our linemen coach is Sal Wanderlingh. We loved every minute of it.

Not only did he make football fun…but he incentivized us; a box of donuts for a sack, fumble recoveries and other meaningful plays.

This was the ‘pay structure’ and his method definitely brought increased performance on gameday!

Ironically, in the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to reconnect with Coach Sal and have had the pleasure of coaching him along with his sons at Varsity House. These days, I’m the one incentivizing him. Except with protein shakes instead of donuts.

The point is, Coach Sal taught our team to celebrate the little things along with the big wins. He made football fun and taught us that it’s important to recognize our own personal achievements and as a team overall.

It’s so easy to stack up the ‘to do’s’ and what we set out to accomplish, but it’s important to take a step back and celebrate that 5lb weight loss, the 2 second row improvement, or the fact that you’ve actually gotten to the gym a few times a week for a full year!
Reward yourself, remember training is supposed to be fun.

Coach Sal, you helped make football fun and rewarding back in 1995, I’ve been hooked ever since!

Thank you.
-Dan Goodman

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