"When you're demanding excellence from players, you want them to come to work full of energy and excited about walking into the building," says Oakland Raider head coach Jack Del Rio. The Raiders newest leader understands that players and coaches alike need quality in the space where they spend some much time throughout the year, especially during the regular season when it exceeds even the time spent with their own family at their own home.
The Raiders' Practice facility has been lagging far behind many other league facilities and even far inferior to many of college footballs upgraded facilities. The new improvements include 3 new practice fields highlighted by much improved turf and state-of-the-art irrigation systems.
Additionally, there is a brand new weight room and conditioning facility extension spread over 20,000 with a hydration bar and sorely needed newly constructed locker room space. The timing is ideal and the extensive renovations are expected to be completed by August 25th- the point when the Oakland Raiders break camp and set up shop at home based headquarters for the regular season.
Head coach Jack Del Rio is clearly pleased. "It's really going to be a special, special place. When our guys get back, it's going to blow their mind because we've really done some amazing things there." Del Rio is said to have made his contract conditional on owner Mark Davis agreeing to comprehensive facility upgrades.
It does however seem a bit perplexing that Mark Davis has spent a small fortune on such upgrades to their Alameda, California facility in light of the strong possibility that the team could be close to moving to the Los Angeles market, to be based in Carson City, within the next few years. The one consideration however is that the team may continue to keep the newly improved facilities as their home base for several years and then would merely commute to the new stadium where home games may be played in the future.
The positive effects to the physical side of the game can be measured based on what a new facility can do for a team on the rebound. But there is a mental side equally relevant and highly important to a team looking to turn around their fortunes. Originally reported by USA Today, the Raiders and Del Rio have engaged the talents of a "mindset coach" Scott Peltin. The focus it seems is to obtain greater daily efficiency by harnessing high energy and achieving higher performance on a consistent daily basis. This isn’t just limited to players either. The new program targets the folks within the front office as well!
Del Rio understands that preparing to succeed and sustaining that level is a task that extends 365 days a year. He understands that the process is not a race but rather more of a marathon requiring vision that needs to incorporate harnessing the intensity of short term wins and then combine them successively over a greater period of time to get to and remain at the top.
Scott Davis writes blogs and other social mediums about the Raiders