What Makes A Good Coach?
RESPECT THE GOLDEN RULE
- Treat players, their parents and officials in the same manner that you want to be treated.
- That means no yelling, no sarcasm and no embarrassing anyone in front of others.
BE EVERYONE’S COACH
- As the saying goes, ‘there’s no I in TEAM.’ Let everyone contribute.
- Treat everyone the same.
- To gain respect, you must give respect.
APPRECIATE YOUR ASSISTANTS
- No coach can do it all.
- Find a good assistant or two, give them responsibility and never stop thanking them.
FOCUS ON THE BASICS
- Help your players master the basics of the sport you are coaching.
- Wins and losses come and go, but you only get one chance to develop players’ skills.
- Remind your players that ‘Hussle’ is an important skill.
TEACH AND ENFORCE GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP
- Spend time explaining to your team how to behave after a win or a loss.
- Teach your players to have a positive relationship with the officials.
- Have the courage to enforce sportsmanship if one of your players misbehaves.
UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF THE GAME
- Read the rulebook. (Know the rules).
- You can’t expect your players to know the rules if you do not.
HAVE A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OFFICIALS
- Officials will not respond positively if you try to bully or intimidate them.
- Ask questions, if necessary. Seek clarification if it’s needed.
- Set the right tone for your team by never arguing a decision or bad mouthing an official.
- Avoid being too serious.
- Don’t make winning the ‘be all and end all’.
- Make sure you smile.
- Above all, make sure your players are having fun – otherwise, you are doing something wrong.
- Your players will miss shots/tackles/headers etc. They’re going to commit fouls.
- They need the freedom to make mistakes and be told that it is human to make mistakes.
- It’s your job to help them learn from those mistakes.
- That takes time – and patience.
COMMUNICATE WITH THE PARENTS
- Make sure you communicate regularly with the parents with regard to practices, kit, matches, equipment, funds, etc.
- If a parent has a particular concern, give them the opportunity to discuss it with you.
- Parents come to games to see their kids play; make sure every player has the opportunity to make a contribution.