74th Annual NYS AHPERD Conference there were many insightful sessions to go to. The most insightful ones for myself were the Social/Psychology Of Teaching and Coaching, and Risk Management &Safety In Physical Education both presented by Rod Mergardt. The first session talked about how a sports team cannot be successful until there is a foundation of friendship, loyalty, cooperation, enthusiasm, and industriousness. Only until that foundation is build can the team start working well together and succeeding in the season. This thing that sticks out most from this session was his pyramid of people. The pyramid is broken down into 27% of people in your life are at the bottom of the pyramid, then 60%, then 10% and the last part of the pyramid was 3%. Rod Mergardt said that the 27% of the people in your life are a pain and you should cut out the people that only come and take things and never give anything to you or drag you down. This can correlate to the sporting team where they are the athletes that do not want to work hard and cause problems with other team members. The next 60% are the hard working people that need parameters and need to be told what to do consistently. These would be the athletes that are not your star players but are hard working for a short period of time and will give it all they have but will need to be taken out so a mistake is not made. The next 10% are people that are ones when a mistake is made don’t know how to handle it that they continue to make mistakes until they figure out what is wrong. These would be your athletes that have great talent but continue to think about a mistake and then their whole game is affected by it until you take a time out and help them with that problem and get them to shake off the problem. The last 3% are the people that everyone likes to be around. They always have a positive attitude and are willing to help out even if they don’t receive anything in return. These types of people would be your leader of your team. They are hard working, always asking questions on how they can improve their game. If a mistake is made they take that as a challenge to do better on the next thing they have to do. For example if they miss a open shot in a basketball game they then go on defense and make a great play. You can also challenge these athletes to show them they can still improve. At the end I was chosen to show how this works. Rod Mergardt asked me to jump as high as I can and make a mark and did this 3 times with 3 different types of encouragements. First encouragement was the other people in the room(the team) and the last was a reward.