Try Using Movies to Inspire the Team

If your players need a pep talk or some new form of motivation, why not inspire them with a sports movie?

Nothing sends players a message better than one from a popular movie starring some of their heroes. For instance, how about playing a DVD of Al Pacino talking to his team in “Any Given Sunday?”

Maybe they need to hear a different voice other than the coach? Have them watch a scene from the movie about America’s favorite underdog, “Rudy.”

Here are some other favorite sports movies to help you inspire your players — or give you that extra oomph before, during or after the season.

1) Have your players listen to Pacino say, “Life is a game of inches” in the memorable scene from “Any Given Sunday.”

2) Ok, so you may or may not be able to visit Philadelphia and have your players run up the steps to the art museum and raise their arms in the air a la “Rocky,” but they can watch a motivational speech from “Rocky IV” instead.

3) When people recall the film “Rudy,” they usually remember his tackle when he finally plays at the end of the movie. Rent the DVD and play it for your team.

4) The United States hockey team’s win over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics will go down as one of the best moments in sports history. In the film “Miracle,” Kurt Russell, playing coach Herb Brooks, gives a speech before the players take the ice that will give your team much motivation. Go ahead, see if the local video store has it.

5) If you want to bring your team together in pursuit of the ultimate goal — rather than just thinking about themselves, watch Denzel Washington in “Remember the Titans.”

Sometimes, thinking outside of the box to motivate players can be as simple as watching a Hollywood movie!