A good coaching philosophy allows you to establish the work ethic and standards you would like to ask of your program or team, beyond just winning and losing. Your coaching philosophy will be guided by your beliefs, values and experiences. Implementing this level of expectation early on will help:
- Establish team rules.
- Define the way in which you build relationships with your athletes.
- Provide tools for managing stress and emotional situations.
- Support the overall goals you would like your team or athletes to accomplish while being coached under your tenure.
A good philosophy also encompasses the way in which you approach the sport. This will allow athletes to understand where they fit within your coaching system, and what skills they need to develop in order to contribute to the success of the team. This leads into the area of setting goals and expectations for the team. Whether this involves approaching the season one game at a time, or whether it has to do with establishing a long-term approach, understanding and communicating your expectations and goals will ensure that there are no surprises or frustration when the going gets tough. It will also keep the team focused since goals have been established and are clear, no matter the outcome of the games.
To develop a successful coaching philosophy,
- Identify your values and beliefs
- Establish objectives, priorities and responsibilities
- Develop a coaching method
- Establish team rules and consequences
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