Because of who we are and what we do, coaches surround ourselves with a protective layer of confidence so we can survive in situations like these: You call time out with 4-seconds left and down by three, and all eyes are on you for the answer. You decide who starts, who plays, and who doesn’t. You […]
A knuckleball is a pitch which has the tendency to move unexpectantly and erratically, veering from its original path. It looks like one thing, yet becomes another. Here’s the thing … coaches are thrown knuckleballs all the time: A starting player has to go home for a family emergency, right before the big game Wednesday’s […]
Persuading someone to take positive action is at the core of what coaches do. And it’s one of the hardest processes for a coach to master. Barking orders at an athlete and expecting positive action is unrealistic — especially today.
Human nature dictates we take the path of least resistance – it’s in our genes. Unless persuaded, we take what we believe to be easiest route. That is certainly true of athletes. As a coach you have to be able to persuade.
What excites you about coaching? What gets, and keeps, the adrenaline flowing? You want to know, because there will be times, maybe many, in coaching where your tennis ball will get lost. Read Drew Houston’s 2013 MIT commencement speech, right here, for perspective.
No coach is an island, and why try to be? There are significant benefits of having someone along with your coaching journey. A few are: New perspective Distraction New tools Relief No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. – John Donne