Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Coaching Philosophy

With all of the stuff going on at Rutgers about the coaches verbally and physically abusing players, I thought I would share my thoughts on the matter.

In today's world, it seems that some coaches equate yelling with coaching.  They think that scolding their players will automatically make them play better.

Personally, I do not think that constantly berating high school and college players is an effective coaching method.  It might work at the professional level, since those are adults, but I do not think that it works with kids.

In general, most of these kids are pretty good people and are not used to being yelled at constantly.  Consequently, when their coaches start scolding them for making a mistake, they become introverted and "retreat into their shell."  They become more afraid of making mistakes on the playing field, instead of just having fun and trying their hardest.  As a result, they play tentatively, which makes them ineffective.

You might be able to get away with yelling at college athletes, but definitely not at high school players. It will not work.  These athletes are still children, and they are human beings.  Therefore, they are going to make mistakes.

However, at the same time, each kid is different.  Some athletes might respond to the yelling, but I do not think that most do.  If coaches were to patiently talk with the players about how to improve, I think they would see a positive result.

Don't yell at the kid for blowing a coverage.  He already knows that he blew the coverage.  Instead, talk with him about his positioning on the field and how he can fix it for next time.

What are your thoughts? Please feel free to leave comments! Thanks!

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