27 January 2009
A Good Soccer Coach
Coaches who have had winning and successful programs have taught many other coaches how to creatively motivate and inspire their athletes and programs as a whole. Believing in your team is one of the most important traits a coach can have. Having the confidence and knowing that you can beat any team is a strong push towards a program full of power. A good coach will always emphasis the importance of commitment and hard work. An equally important factor is a coach’s ability to instill and inspire, in a comfortable environment.
Winning traits in a competitive athlete are enthusiasm, courage, compassion, tenacity, desire, belief, selflessness, and patience. These great qualities become the glue that binds a team, the spark that enlightens the spirit and passion within the athletes, letting them to with hold high levels of performance during their competing years and beyond. Creativeness in your coaching is about bringing in these qualities in yourself as a coach and finding ways to teach them to those you lead.” On the soccer field, kids soon learn the value of cooperation and teamwork” (25). Without these traits your team would not be a victorious one.
Times have changed in the coaching industry in the past 25 years. Players seem to be more complex, and more about fighting for what they feel they deserve. Today, for example, athletes expect to be listened to and to be treated with respect; anything less than that is not tolerated by them or by administrators. Players have rights, as they always have, but today they are more about embracing themselves and getting what they deserve. Athletes are now attracted to coaches who can treat them with respect, care, concern, and compassion, as individuals who have something more than their sport and perhaps in education.
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