October 12, 2010
How to Keep Your Team Skillful & Motivated by Ronald Jackson
There are many different aspects in being a sports coach as you have to make sure your athletes putting on their best performances and your team as well as each individuals being successful at their sport. Being a coach means you are a teacher one minute and become a motivater the next. Coaches who are successful at their job are those who can well manage the balance and cover all the areas that are expected from the athletes and themselves.
Teaching the skills and strategies will be an important part of the job as you'll obviously have to teach your plans and tactics to your team and individuals so that they know what they are and are able to act upon them when they need to in a game or competition. A good teacher is able to engage their students and inspire them so some coaches may have different teaching methods from others, some may teach by talking or reading whereas others will have practical exercises that may help to make their instructions clearer.
A team will need a leader and the coach is often put in this role whether they are barking orders from the sideline or setting a positive example for their team members. You should be inspiring your athletes to victory but this doesn't necessarily mean yelling at them for getting something wrong, instead explaining where the individual or team went wrong and showing how they could avoid this from happening again is going to be more of a meaningful lesson and ensure the team learn from their mistakes.
Setting an example is important especially when coaching children as they will often imitate those they see around them or professionals in the sport. If your team are showing bad habits or poor sportsmanship this is not only a poor reflection on the team but also yourself as the coach, many spectators may believe that these actions have been taught by you so it is important to not only coach your team with strategies and tactics but also conduct and professionalism.
Check back next week for another great Coaching Article.