Saturday, March 28, 2015
Previously I have highlighted on helping the athlete, but in reality the athlete is not to the only one who may need help. Coaches are normal people who make mistakes, and may require some assistance from time to time. In this section will be addressing a few problems that coaches may have when they are feeling at the end of their rope.
First off, attitude is always an area that can use some adjustment and guidance from time to time. Since we spend so much time with the athletes, they tend to have the ability to read our emotions and attitudes extremely well. If you show negative attitude, then you will show your athletes that is ok to act like that. “Your main motivation must be a desire to help and guide the athlete to achieve the highest possible level he can achieve for that particular season.” 1 Remember you are a role model for your athletes, so this is a very important time to lead by example.
Secondly, it is important to maintain a high level of patience with your athletes, especially during instruction and drill work. . Making the required level of instruction a little more detailed, meaning the coach may have to slow down a little for one of the athletes who is having a hard time learning the drill. “Youth sports coaches, in particular, require patience to handle the growth and development of the young players. This patience is displayed through your own self-control and discipline, which can rub off on the players, assistant coaches and parents and ultimately lead to improved performance by the team.” 2 Patience is a virtue and will do nothing but ease the pain of having to repeat yourself.
Lastly, being able to communicate with your athletes will tie it all together. Communicating what you need someone to do whether, verbally or physically showing them can be a taxing job, but coaches who are good at it tend to get better responses from their athletes. In a study over coaches done in the early 2000’s shows, “In all, they observed more than 70 coaches, coded more than 80,000 behaviors, and surveyed nearly 1,000 athletes. They found that athletes responded positively to coaches who provided positive feedback after a good performance effort…” 3. The study is portraying how well athletes reacted to a coach who was a good communicator compared to a bad communicator.
A coaches attitude can be his best friend or worst enemy depending on his outlook, his patience level, and communication skills, but with all three of those mastered you are showing your athletes that virtues are not just something of the past.
1. Cavall, D. (1999, January 1). On Coaching Runners. Retrieved March 23, 2015, from http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/technique/147_Cavall.pdf
2. Hoefs, J. (2015, January 28). Characteristics & Qualities of a Sports Coach. Retrieved March 23, 2015, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/438821-characteristics-qualities-of-a-sports-coach/
3. Burton, D., & Raedeke, T. (2008, January 1). Good communication skills are key to successful coaching. Retrieved March 23, 2015, from http://www.humankinetics.com/excerpts/excerpts/good-communication-skills-are-key-to-successful-coaching