Tag Archives: qualities of a good coach

What Makes a Master Coach?

Photo: Laura Stone / Shutterstock.com In the education community, they use the concept of the master teacher to differentiate someone who has mastered the fundamentals of teaching, going above and beyond to provide an exemplary environment for their students and who are capable to teach other teachers how to perform at higher levels. Master teachers […]

What Athletes Remember Most About Coaches

When it is all over, what will your athletes remember about you? Your terrific technique? The number of elites you trained? The incredible advice you doled out? Probably not. As Maya Angelou is quoted, “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” […]

The Hero Coach

Earlier this week, I wrote how gymnastics coaches are like superheroes–people with powers far beyond the range of normal human ability, who use these powers to protect the innocent and for the general good. Forget “like”–there are gymnastics coaches that ARE superheroes. This beautifully composed essay reflects on a gymnast named Emily’s first coach’s influence […]

8 Ways a Gymnastics Coach is Like a Superhero

A superhero is a being with extraordinary physical or mental powers, far beyond the range of normal human ability, who uses these powers to protect the innocent and for the general good. Sounds like a gymnastics coach to me. So here are 8 ways a gymnastics coach is like a superhero: Superpower: Omni-linguist The ability to […]

A Dozen Ways for Coaches to Make Sports More Fun

Why should a coach make sports fun? Aren’t coaches supposed to teach sports skills, develop competent athletes and develop a winning mentality? Aren’t sports about learning life lessons like coping with failure, good sportsmanship, discipline and goal setting? Well yes, of course, but sports are also about fun. “Fun” is a complicated word for me. Look, […]

Ending this “Old School” Tactic: 9 Tips to Stop Yelling

Last week I reposted an article about “old school” coaching techniques that need to be removed from youth sports. And while those strategies need to go, there is a tactic that most all of those techniques use that also needs to be tossed out in the garbage: yelling. According to a recent study, 76% of […]

Answering This One Question May Help You Be a Better Coach

Giving feedback to athletes is an essential part of being a coach. And, while that feedback is critical to the development of athletes’ skill, what is even more important is how that feedback impacts children’s self-image, motivation and mindset. It is a fine line between criticism and feedback that we tread upon as parents, coaches […]

The ABC’s of Great Coaching

ADAPTIVE BOLD CARING DELIBERATE PRACTICE ENTHUSIASTIC FEEDBACK GOAL ORIENTED HIGH STANDARDS INTUITITVE JOYFUL KNOWLEDGABLE LIFE LONG LEARNER MEASURED NURTURING OPTIMISTIC PATIENT QUESTIONING READER SPIRITED TEACHER UNDERSTANDING VALUES WILLPOWER X-CITED YOUNG-AT-HEART ZEALOUS

When You Want to Tear Your Hair Out: 20 Tips for Coaching Difficult Athletes

  Let’s face it. If you teach or coach long enough, inevitably you will have some students who you find irritating, abrasive or exasperating. They might not just annoy you, but also other coaches and even their classmates or teammates. Or maybe it is just you. Either way, on the days that they aren’t there teaching […]

The Single Most Important Thing Your Athlete Needs to Know

Do you know what the single most thing your athletes need to believe about their coach in order for them to work to their highest potential? It’s not that you know how to teach a perfect back handspring. Or that you know how to coach them through a tough meet. It’s not that you were once upon […]