The challenges of coaching

While it may not seem like a hard job to do, there is a lot to coaching that people don’t know about. There are a lot of politics in coaching and so many different personalities. The focus on coaching is to empower a group of people to be motivated, engage in the skills they have developed and to achieve greatness.

The difference between being a good coach and a great one can be very subtle. Yet, it can make a world of difference to players. While knowledge of the game, ability to demonstrate drills and organizational skills are important. There are other traits that can make a good coach, a great one!

Great coaches give their teams direction and motivation to help them reach their goals. They have a plan, they are organized and they know how to find a way to encourage their teams. They make their team work to believe in one another and to work together at all times.  The best coaches know how to lead an enthusiastic, compelling, motivated and growing team by personal example.

Every coach wants to win games, but not at the expense of skill development. Great coaches realize it's about the team and not the man behind the bench. The best coaches won’t measure their success by their trophy case, but by the smiles on their players’ faces.

When a coach has a passion for the game and the team, it makes the experience a positive one for everyone involved. Excitement for the game and improvement is contagious. If the coach has it, the whole team will catch it too.

The same goes for negativity. If a coach acts up on the bench, there is a great chance his or her players will also become negative during the game.

Great coaches take the time to get to know their players on and off the field. If coaches take the time and make the effort to listen, understand and treat players with respect, the players will return the favor.

Great coaches know that their team is only as strong as their weakest player. They will work hard to give every player the chance to improve their skills and prove the strides they are making.

Coaches can know all of the technicalities involved in the sports they are coaching, but if they don’t communicate and teach effectively, that knowledge is useless. Clear communication stems from realizing how each player learns and tailoring the information to reach their intended target. The best coaches are able to deliver criticism and praise in a way that players will take to heart.

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