From the player’s perspective, a good coach is someone who…
- Can motivate and teach
- Encourages and inspires
- Is insightful and compassionate
- Communicates in an understandable way
- You can communicate with
- You can trust and learn from
- Is a tactician
- Knows the fundamentals
- Explains and can physically demonstrate skills
- Develops character first, then the athlete
**You must develop coachability in yourself. Be open to seek and implement ideas, techniques and philosophies.
To determine whether a coach is right for your child a parent should…
- Observe the coach conducting a practice
- Observe the coach in a game situation. If possible, watch in a winning and a losing situation.
- Ask: “how does the coach make the kids feel?” Is he/she likeable?
- Ask: “Is the coach involved and interacting with all the players?”
- Ask: “what is his/her tone?” Does he/she yell to encourage? Yell to criticize? Or does he/she pull players aside to instruct?
- Ask: “how do the players react to the coach? Hi-5 coming out?
A parent looks for a coach who…
- Has a personality which renders them approachable by parents and players
- Has clear objectives and a stated team philosophy which meet the needs of your child
- Has an effective style of communication
- Has good people skills
- Encourages all players regardless of ability
- Invites questions directly from players
*Source: Brandi Chastain “It’s Not About the Bra“