Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Coaching Philosophy

            As an athletics enthusiast and a coach, there are 5 major beliefs that I focus on, value, and implement for each one of my athletic teams. These 5 beliefs are teamwork, dedication, leadership, family, and success.
            On any team, teamwork is most likely a top priority. Teamwork is essential for a team to become proficient and have success. Without teamwork, a team is not a real team. Players and coaches have to work hand-in-hand with each other and they have to do it well. Many good teams are said to have good “team chemistry.” This is that they have very good teamwork. Players work well together and they respect each other. They know that they are all working together towards a common goal and they will do the best that they can in order to help the team out. Teamwork may be a hard quality of a team to achieve in a short time period, but when taught correctly and reinforced on a daily basis, teamwork can be achieved and improved fairly quickly.
            For any good team to become a great team, dedication is needed on the part of the athletes as well as the coaches. Players need to practice hard and really try to get better. This doesn’t mean just showing up to practice and then when practice is over, it’s over. Dedication means practicing and working on getting better on your own time and during the offseason. This goes for the coaches as well as for the players. Coaches need to be dedicated to helping players get better. They need to do just as much work while off the court as while on the court in order to be able to best prepare their teams for upcoming games or practices.
            My next major belief is leadership. On every team, there can a number of leaders. Different players can be leaders at different times. However, there always needs to be at least one leader at all times. You cannot have everyone be a follower at the same time or success will be very difficult to achieve. A coach needs to be a great leader. They need to be a person that the players and assistant coaches can look to in a time of need. They know when they need to show confidence for the team and they need to be able to bring the team together and get them motivated. It is great to have some players on the team that can be good leaders because they can relate to the other players and help the coach out a little bit with leading the team, but a coach needs to always be a leader. Leadership does not mean making all of the decisions for the team and being the only one who takes the team into account. Leadership means taking the team into account and seeing what players and coaches feel is the best for the team while being able to put forth ideas to help the team succeed to their best ability.
            A good team is like a family. You have every person on the team working together for the best of the team and what effects one person affects everyone on the team. In a family, everyone has each other’s backs and they support each other. They are there when they need each other and they help out when they can. This in no way comes quickly. It takes time and effort among the players as well as shared experiences of playing with each other. However, when this is achieved, a team becomes so close and can become great.
            My last major belief of coaching is success. When coaching an athletic team, success is the ultimate goal. This not only means success on the score board by winning games, but it means progressing as a team from year to year, achieving the “family” status, working together as one unit, or achieving any other goal that your team has for it. Setting realistic goals and working hard towards goals is important for any team to experience success. There is no greater feeling than seeing your team succeed and seeing all of their hard work pay off in the end.

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