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Topic #1 Philosophy
Every professional in a position of leadership should have a philosophy.  As a teacher and coach you have formed certain beliefs, concepts, and attitudes.  This is your foundation for the road ahead.  Your personality will display your philosophy as you teach and coach.  Coaches with a good philosophy will have a greater chance of success.

If you teach life values through the vehicle of sport with a philosophy, your students will be motivated to play under you.  You will be a role model for them.  Your impact on your athletes will vary in the short term, but showing them that you care about them, will give them a long term connection.  Several of your athletes will become productive members of society and will credit you for their success.    



Topic #2 Ethics 
Ethics are principles of conduct governing a teacher or coach. They are usually expressed through behavior, and easy to recognize. They convey a person’s judgment, morals, and character. Chronic unethical behavior will eventually get a coach in trouble, while very severe ethical violations usually provoke an immediate reaction. Coaches should believe in and display strong ethics every day. 

Allow me to present several examples of unethical behavior and my remedies:

1. Consistently blaming officials for your team’s losses and poor play. 
Remedy: Learn the rules of your sport and do not question judgment calls. During the course of a season bad calls even out for all teams, everyone makes mistakes. Set the correct example for your players and fans by being a good sport.

2.Starting your Son or Daughter over someone is who clearly a better player. 
Remedy: Always include your coaches in deciding who should start in every situation. You should make   the final decision if it cannot be resolved.

3.Constantly using profane and threatening behavior. 
Remedy: Simply treat all your players as if they were your son or daughter. If you become a more positive role model, you   will experience more success and fewer problems on and off the field.

4. Betting on the team to win, lose, or shave points!
Remedy: Gambling, smoking, alcohol and drugs are part of society and in some form might infiltrate your team. You must not be a problem yourself. Get yourself on the right path so you can truly lead. Then, you as a role model must weed out any team problems and deal with them effectively.

5. Getting involved in an indecent relationship with a student or married parent of one of your players. 
Remedy: Judgment in your personal life can effect your professional life. Be focused on making good decisions, and don’t flirt with the devil!   



Topic #3 Introspection
Introspection results in better self-understanding.  When you look inward for your thoughts and feelings, you will more easily understand your personality patterns.  This should improve your effectiveness when you communicate.  Your , inadvertently, developing better people skills.  You might also have a better idea of how people will react to you.

Perhaps using introspection, you might use your conscience to tweak a negative thought into a positive one.  On the other hand, If  you just speak without much thought, mistakes are more likely to occur.  A coach could be  perceived  as : inaccurate , impatient, insensitive, indifferent, arrogant, angry, sarcastic, or pompous! These are all negative responses and adversely affect the coach/player relationship. Coaching can be very stressful.  When a person deals with stress effectively, everything slows down.  The result is better self-control.  

If one has a sense of humor, kids love it.  A coach is more likeable, when he or she is willing to have some fun.  Don’t take yourself too seriously; after all, their parents aren’t perfect either!                                                                                                                                          



Topic #4 Transference
Transference is the redirection of feelings and desires, unconsciously retained from childhood toward another person. If one’s childhood is relatively normal, the child develops feelings of:  love, security, self- esteem, and a sense of responsibility! This would indicate healthy development and a strong foundation for adolescence and adulthood.

If a child is unhappy, he or she will repress many bad experiences into the unconscious mind.  Naturally, a child loves their parents.   When, the basic needs are not being provided, the child develops coping skills for self -preservation. Living with feelings of:  fear, insecurity, inferiority, and guilt at the beginning of life, does not paint a bright outlook!

As an adult, one maintains the same feelings, but they are repressed in the unconscious mind. A coach may or may not be aware of the dark side of their personality?  When these feelings surface, the coach responds by getting angry.  Anger is irrational; however, it gives a person more power and less self- control. Rage follows, then blame and shame!  This ugly pattern is usually reinforced by people close to the coach and the program, who rationalize his or her behavior, usually because they are all feeding off of a winning program.

Therapy is needed and can be very effective. Overtime, a person can sense the feelings coming on, and can pull back before they strike out! If a coach needs help, they should seek it.  After all, their health and happiness are at stake. Certainly, the  players would function better in a more pleasant environment!   



Topic #5 Over-Specialization
The contemporary sports culture has taken specialization to a new level.  At what age and developmental stage should a youngster focus on only one sport?  Certainly some players might want and need year-round participation in one sport.  If he or she budgets their time and the family approves, this could be a wise choice.  It seems logical that these decisions should be handled on an individual basis, rather than the coach expecting, demanding, and pressuring the entire team to participate year round.  The coach might rationalize by thinking more is better or everyone else is doing it.  This is a short-sighted approach to your program!  Extra off-season participation should be voluntary.  Some players may decide it doesn’t appeal to them. 

Consider this:

  • Several athletes want to play more than one sport and haven’t chosen one over the other yet.         
  • Some other talented players may have many varied commitments they want to keep.
  • Some athletes have jobs or family vacation plans that limit their availability.
  • Perhaps sensitive financial problems are the reason!

Pressure works like a rubber band; it might stretch for awhile, but eventually it snaps! It could result in player and parental resentment and early player burn out in that specific program!                   



Topic #6 Disappointment

One of the problems of children starting competitive activities early is dealing with disappointment! Coaches and parents have a big responsibility to nurture the youngsters along, so the early experiences are lots of fun! They must handle losing with "kid gloves”! Don’t pile on by reacting to a loss as some kind of tragedy!   

Parents, who live vicariously through their children, could be difficult to deal with! They might feel that their child is ordained for greatness, and a loss or poor performance might set them off! This creates a difficult situation for the youngster, the coach, and anyone within earshot of the parent’s tirade! Realistic parents, on the other hand, have a much better perspective, and can be a big help to their child, and the entire program!

The child is emotionally vulnerable at this stage, and needs help dealing with disappointment! Disappointment can actually be very beneficial in small doses; similar to a vaccine! It can help develop a person’s emotional tolerance, so they can deal with life’s problems much better!   

Coaches’ should approach disappointment as a teaching opportunity! Relate the sport’s experience to real life setbacks! This approach presents a more sensitive side of the coach and it creates a stronger emotional bond between the child and the coach! If the parent and coach are truly secure, they won’t focus too long on a loss! Everyone would be better served to develop "sports amnesia " and move on!  



Topic #8  Improvement

Coaches should focus on player improvement throughout the season. Conduct an early season evaluation of your players, to help determine what kind of season to expect. Include your assistant coaches in the process of developing realistic goals. These expectations should be in harmony with the actual talent level and experience of this current team. Now, you established a ‘set point’ for this year’s team. Coaches can begin observing and logging individual and team improvement. Coaching a sport requires very intense teaching.  Improper technique is not usually self- corrected!                                                     

Various teaching methods should be used, such as short precise lectures, demonstrations, drills, game situations, video study, etc. Teaching must constantly be part of the process in order to establish  perpetual  improvement. When athletes master the techniques, their confidence increases. When they play better in   competition, they feel better about themselves, the coaches, and the sport. Too much competition, or too many very hard practices without enough recovery time, can lead to more injuries, fatigue, and burnout! Physiologically speaking, the body needs to repair itself.  Sore and  tired muscles negatively affect  performance .Psychologically, recovery time is important. It keeps your athletes mentally rested, and eager for the next competition.

At the end of the season, determine if the team and the individual players met or exceeded the coaches’ early season goals? Explain your findings to the team first, then privately with the individual players. Describe their strengths and advise them what they need  to improve on in the off season. A subtle and objective presentation to the players will be effective and appreciated. It will give a player more clarity between his perceived ability and progress, compared to the coaches’ evaluations of the player. Each player can deal with reality now, and check their gut feelings as they reach this motivational crossroad!  A few might feel that their sweat equity investment fell flat, and don’t have the desire to continue in this sport. The vast majority will be eager and motivated for another commitment next season! Almost all of this group will try to improve their weaknesses in the off season in one form or another, so they can become more successful in their chosen sport!   

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