All Coaches want to win. I do. So knowing this, how do I become more competitive against the opposing coach. Its the same method that we coach and train our athletes. I have listed some points to reference and enhance your coaching abilities.
1. Know all the rules that regulate your sport. This is the most
common complaint from umpires and officials.
2. Learn at a faster pace. Know your sport, are you current
and more knowledgeable than other coaches and your
athletes about new skills and strategies. The
internet is a wonderful tool. You can compare ideas from
one coast to the other, from one country to another.
3. Know each athletes physical and mental limits during
practice. You do not want to find this out during
competition. Your training should be more challenging
than the actual competition event.
4. Know each of your athletes passion for your sport. This is
only accomplished by spending time with each individual
athlete. Engage with your athlete, know there fears and
5. Become a creative coach. When it comes to playing time,
I admire coaches that play the whole bench and remains
competitive. This is done by a creative coach.
6. Do not become set in your strategies during your season.
Because each season is like a game or meet, it changes as
the clock ticks.
7. Most coaches video there games. Effective coaches video
there practices. You can evaluate your effectiveness of
drills, teaching skills, discipline, and assistant coaches.
8. Effective coaches are not talking 24/7. Effective coaches
observe 24/7, not just during practice, matches or games.
Observe how your athletes, coaches, parents, administrators
interact in public.
9. Wining in sport is not just being the fittest athlete. It is an
effective coach that teaches each athlete to be the best in all
the dimensions. Physical and mental training, skills, school,
attitude, sleep, nutrition, recovery, self management, etc.
10. Use short term performance goals. Make sure your
athletes and team can reach them. This builds a wining
momentum and that's hard to stop
I hope that there are tips in the above that will help you become an effective coach. Talk it over with your staff,
athletes, parents and administrators. An effective coach is a great communicator.
Coach Tom Van Buskirk