As I’ve noted before, the LinkedIn community for coach’s and administration is a very active community with a lot of rich content. Because these are closed groups, the information and insight isn’t accessible to all. However, when I find a comment or a blurb that I think is especially worth sharing, I’ll often ask the author if I can re-post his/her insight to my blog. I have yet to find someone who has declined. This is an awesome community.
At the end of last year, I stumbled upon a post by Chris Smith (of Pop-ups and Ponies) about passion for the game – regardless of whether you’re a coach or an athlete. Chris’ post reminded me of my article on our emotional bond to sport that usually develops in our youth. I thought it was great insight and wanted to share:
As a coach, a player, and a person, remember to stay true to the passion that led you to the game.
I was at a baseball showcase this past weekend and I was afforded the opportunity to watch some coaches from the top baseball schools in the country put a group of high school players through their paces. The variety and style of coaches in attendance made me wonder and question my own coaching style.
I am always envious of the style of coaches who can remain calm and level headed throughout tense and chaotic games. I also marvel at the constantly cursing coaching style and wonder just how effective that approach is on their players.
The young exuberant coaches and the wizened old stalwarts all have their own coaching style and they have achieved their success because their personality and coaching style are one and the same.
In the course of any season, I will study the coaching style of an opposing team to see if the coach’s style is working or if it can be seen through his players. Invariably the coach’s style is mirrored on his team and on their style of play.
The loud brash coach has a team of loud brash players, and the controlled coaches seem to sport teams under control…teams with poise.
I have tried to be the calm quiet coach or the over the top excited guy but it usually only lasts an inning or two. We need to be the coach and person who was led to the game with the passion we felt for the game.
I can only be the coach who is a reflection of the passion I feel for the game within the framework of my personality. If we adhere to the beauty of the game and the elements that lured us to the field in the first place, then our message to our players will carry that passion and beauty.
Stay true to what brought you to the game and you will never have to worry about the message you are trying to convey.
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