When a player gets it is a coach’s reward
Coaching a team in any sport is not as easy as it looks. It is not just showing up for games and practices, and it certainly isn’t just standing on the bench shouting instructions or making player changes.
You need to brush up on how to develop players, practices and an overall team concept. If you didn’t know that before, you need to know it from the point you first say yes to the position.
You need to recognize when what you’re teaching isn’t translating to team success and then find something that will.
There are times you have to change strategy mid game or find a new player to plug in with teammates in an attempt to spark the team.
To put it simply, coaching is hard. There are big decisions to make and egos to manage.
And, that is at all levels of sport. Every player, no matter the age, has an ego. They have a predetermined idea of their self- worth — parents too for that matter.
At times, coaching is about keeping that in mind, while making decisions that might not be in their favour. You learn very quickly how players respond to this and then you can adjust accordingly.
It is not about tearing a player down in favour of rebuilding him or her in your image. That’s playing sports god, and you don’t want that.
You have to find ways of making players work in your framework and not just pushing them to fit in.
Doesn’t sound like much fun does it?
Well it isn’t, if you don’t want to put the work in. If you just like being in control and have no real technical acumen to bring to the table, stop coaching now. Just stop. Let someone more qualified do the job.
That’s my rant for this week. Let’s move on to the real subject for this little piece of the sports section.
For as much as coaching is hard, it is equally as rewarding. It allows you to give back to your community and is an education unto itself. Where does it really count? Coaching is at its best when you see a player ‘ get it.’
I don’t mean seeing a player start to come around in your chosen system. I mean a player you’ve taken a chance on suddenly playing the game in a way he shouldn’t be.
That player who started out as an athletic neophyte starting to exhibit qualities he shouldn’t. Maybe it is making a certain cut into open space or performing a move they have been working on the better part of two years.
That is the rewarding part of coaching. Seeing players get better at the sport they love is everything in the world.
Winning games will always be No. 1. But, in certain instances it takes a back seat.
For as much as coaching is hard, it is equally as rewarding.