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Athletic coaching demands execution of few fundamental principles. A successful coach is able to demonstrate a sound perspective on the sport he or she is a proven expert. The most vital aspect of coaching is having the ability to motivate, though. A good coach appropriates a balance between being a teacher and a leader, without needing to be a drill sergeant.
Authoritative leadership must be a method of leadership. The art of successful coaching is building relationships. This means a dictatorial style of overseeing individual player progression will ultimately lead to failure. Understanding how certain players react to certain verbal and visual cues is necessary in order to cultivate a positive learning environment. All in-game criticism needs to be constructive, reinforcing positive ideals taught in practice
A high-quality coach positively impacts all athletes’ lives on a realm outside of sport. Confidence is the single most important attribute an athlete must have in order to believe in his or her abilities. If a coach is detrimental toward a specific individual’s ability to develop a sense of swagger, that player will inevitably fail. That sad occurrence is never an issue of ability; it’s a matter of inadequate coaching.
Athletics, in a primal perspective, are competitive to the core. But sports are also supposed to be fun. A successful coach understands how to establish a balance between discipline and fun. The life goal of sport is for athletes to gain the ideals associated with structure and teamwork, optimally leading them to become strong individuals in the real world. Competition is at the root of all major life-changing decisions. A good coach teaches players how to make the right decisions, regardless of sport, and succeed in crunch-time situations.
Expectations are a crucial component of coaching. This specifically coincides with efficient communication, which relates to developing real life relationships. A coach-player relationship should extend beyond the boundaries of a basketball court or football field. Teaching is a foundational emphasis of coaching, but offering adult wisdom to players seeking guidance is what separates teachers in sport from coaches. Problems arise off the field; great advice speaks volumes to players. They must always know what to expect from a coach, as they learn to develop expectations for themselves.
Respect is a defining aspect of succeeding in competitive environments. A coach must teach his or her players the value of the “three R’s:” respecting the game, respecting team-wide objectives and respecting the opponent. Respect is a derivative of discipline. It’s not unconventional for a coach to force his team to take a few laps for slacking off in practice. Similarly, it wouldn’t be frowned upon for a coach to bench players that deliberately disrespect opponents or referees.
Coaching is an art of constructive leadership. A successful coach is able to embody the characteristics of an authoritative leader that commands respect, but also showcases a candid ability to exemplify what it means to be a good person.
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