Effective coaching is something that we can all admire. However, not many coaches spend a great deal of time practicing and refining their craft. As the local league off-season draws near, now is a perfect time for coaches to invest some time in their own learning.
John Wooden is considered by some to be the greatest coach to have ever lived, and was awarded ESPN’s Coach of the 20thCentury (look him up if you get a chance). He placed learning as the most important thing that a coach can do, and every off-season he would pick one topic related to the game that he wanted to learn more about. He devoted his time and effort into learning as much about that one topic as he could.
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Some of things you may want to consider in order to improve your coaching during this off-season are:
- - Define your coaching philosophy: Write down the principles of value to you, and that will guide your coaching next season.
- - Get a coaching mentor: Somebody to discuss your problems and successes with, and whose opinion you value.
- - Learn a different system: Pick one system of play and learn it inside and out!
Here are a few more tips to consider when planning your coaching for next season:
- - Focus on learning and not winning – this creates a more conducive environment for skill development, creativity and motivation.
- - Create high performance expectations for your players – if you expect a lot from them and show them how to achieve it, they will be more likely to improve.
- - Don’t be concerned by losing – use failures as opportunities to learn.
The off-season is an important time of year to develop your coaching. Take the opportunity to learn.