The Power Of Good Coaches

I have had dozens and dozens of coaches in my sports career and each of them touched my life in more than one way. As a child growing up, I looked at my coaches and we felt for me almost like my other parents. The power of a trainer can be similar to that of your parents. They can teach valuable life lessons such as hard work, determination, teamwork and leadership. Experience so far has shown that the influence of a coach can stay with a player forever until the day of his death. The more involved a player, the more likely it is that the player can trust the coach. From what I noticed, all good coaches have certain qualities that everyone has. I will share with you three qualities that in my opinion all good coaches have.

The first and most important feature is commitment. The coach has to show that he is ready to do everything for his players. As a player he doesn’t want to make you want to win more than a coach who is full of passion and love for his team. A committed coach makes the players more involved in hard work and being better people on or off the pitch.

Another characteristic is trust. The coach must trust his players on and off the pitch. If a coach can’t trust his players, how a player should trust his coach. Trust can help players to feel more comfortable in situations of high pressure. I say this because if the most powerful person in the building trusts you with a ball or bat in your hand, you should be able to trust each other in this situation.

The last characteristic is patience. The famous saying “patience is virtue” is true in almost all aspects of life, especially in coaching. Patience allows players to believe in themselves even after hard training or heavy matches. There is nothing worse than playing for a coach who loses consciousness after one turn, mistake or interception. The coach who tells you to go on and keep your head up after a physical mistake are the coaches the players love to play about. Now, of course, everyone will not agree with me that these are the three most important qualities, but I believe that everyone can agree that all good coaches have these qualities. These three qualities are mandatory for all good coaches.

Three musts that trainers must do to improve the teamwork culture. These three things are to encourage players to buy in the system, create an acceptance environment and create a hard-working expectation.

Bringing players to buy a coach in the system can be a delicate process when it comes to athletics at college level. This may be because players come from all over the country and have been trained by different coaches throughout their lives. As an example we will use baseball. Currently, most baseball players are products of individual hits of coaches, infield coaches or pitching coaches, and these coaches think that their style is the best. These players buy a coach in these philosophies because he got them at college level. Now college coaches want to change something about a player, and players are reluctant to change because their college coach’s ideas are not the same as their striking coach or pitching adolescent coach. In order for coaches to make their players buy, they need to understand why the system works in the same way as their coach does. The coaches have to meet the players and explain to them that we do these exercises because it helps in “X” and then “X” will help us to become better players. If the players don’t understand why they do what they do, they don’t have a chance to buy what the coach believes in. Another thing coaches have to do is to show their players successful results because of the system in which they operate. They should show current player statistics and videos of old players who played for them. For a new coach, they should show them statistics and videos of teams that lead similar systems to what the new coach is trying to implement. My ISU head coach meets at the beginning of each year and tells us about the new exercises that we will do and explains what each exercise helps. This helps my teammates to trust my coach and builds a sense of trust between players who know that they are all on the same side, working towards the same goal.



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