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Colors In Sports

January 4th, 2018

Now that hockey season is in full swing, there are some significant Color dynamics at work. That’s not just in the NHL, but also the beer leagues, and any other sport for that matter:

Orange players are motivated for today or this week. Don’t give me a lot of “why,” just tell me what you want and when you want it. Give me a chance to “win” – tangible and immediate rewards of more ice time, power play, etc. – Criticism in public is OK as that’s a big motivator to “show you” – They’re eternally optimistic, the constant trash talkers, and the energy players on any team and in any room who function well when they’re mad. You’re paying them a lot of money to practice and travel – they’d gladly play the games for free because of the adrenaline rush from the actual games that matter and the crowds.

Green players value the breakdown of the games in the film room. They need the dozens of “why” questions answered before they buy in. They tend to be very introverted and hard to motivate. Their sarcasm is something that teammates need a little time to understand and appreciate. They’re perfectionists. If it’s worth doing, it has to be done right, or perfect, or they can view themselves as a failure. When things aren’t going well, they don’t verbalize their feelings, but will just shut down and become anti-social and withdrawn.

Blue players live life through feelings and a roller coaster of emotions. For them, the team and their friends is what it’s all about. They’ve visual learners, constantly sharing the credit and for whom winning is about succeeding together. They are usually very soft spoken, lots of eye contact, incredibly positive, really sensitive, and emotional. But since this is 95%+ women, it’s very difficult being a Blue male in a tough team sport such as hockey or football as they can never ever show anyone their deep feelings. Ironically, this was a large number of old-style enforcers such as the late Rick Rypien, and former Oiler George Laraque. The depression and other issues arise out of their DNA in wanting to get along yet having to fight…some have often stated they’d have to sit in their vehicle half an hour early to get themselves psyched up to be able to do what’s so unnatural for them.

Gold players are a huge number of Canadian NHL players. They’re big on details, old-style skills and drills, quite superstitions, organized, very private, and serious. You’ll rarely hear them trash talking off the ice and you certainly wouldn’t know their income is in the millions of dollars a year – they’d seldom flaunt their wealth. Criticism in public from their coach (or even in media stories) shuts them down, and often destroys their motivation.

Incredibly high standards make them very hard on themselves – nobody can ever beat them up better than they do to themselves – structure, plans and to do lists – get stressed with changes but know what they need to say publicly while internally they’re really scared, but can never admit it. Will take a bullet for family and their (very few) friends – very disciplined, always ready and prepared, never forget anything. They certainly don’t need babysitting or reminders. Even at age 18 and getting drafted they are mature beyond their age.

The most powerful example of a Gold was Mike Modano when he was captain of the Dallas Stars (Golds tend to be the “best” captains) As Golds are planners and disciplined, he would constantly go after other players in the room that he perceived as undisciplined or not putting up a 100% effort, etc. That’s why the Stars so often had enough points banked before Christmas to assure making it into the playoffs…that was in large part due to him – and started way back in Junior. Conversely, Oranges live for today. It’s a subconscious mindset that October games really “don’t matter that much” since there’s no payoff until April. At that point, in most team sports, they’ll “turn it on” and think they can go 9-1 as they can see the prize (of the playoffs). That happens more when it’s a sport with a lot of games – less so in football due to the fewer number of games..


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