December Newsletter 2016

What makes a good coach…

I was once asked “what makes a great coach”?  Well, there are many variables that make up a great coach.  However, I would like to discuss one that I feel gets overlooked far too many times.   During Football season, I try to go to a high school football game every Friday night. Still I am unable to see every athlete I have the pleasure of working with play that night.  As a result of this I get lots of text messages from my high school football athletes on Saturday morning telling me how well they played the night before.  Which always results in me getting goose pumps and I am overwhelmed with satisfaction.  Not for me, but for them.  After all first step to being a good coach is understanding that IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU (the coach, trainer); it’s about that young athlete that is standing in front of you.

Far too many times coaches, trainers (I am referring to strength and conditioning coaches) like to put their wants, needs, and egos before the young athlete’s needs.  I have heard many of coaches talking saying “I really want to beat this team, I don’t care for their coach”, or “I use to coach this team we are playing so I really want to beat them badly.” Although I think losing SUCKS, if you want to win for your own wants and desires, then you really aren’t putting the needs of your athletes first.  I also see coaches posting videos of their young athletes working out or do a max rep and bragging about how they are making their kids strong. When really what I see is a young athlete setting themselves up for an injury, because the technique of the lift is terrible. Once again, we (coaches) are putting our egos before the needs of our young athletes.

Our main job as coaches and trainers, when working with the youth (6-18) is to teach proper athletic skills, and focus on Long Term Athletic Development, as opposed to just focusing on the here and now. The beauty of this is if done properly, you WILL win.  We are put under so much pressure as coaches to win, that lots of times we don’t spend enough time teaching and developing.  When dealing with younger athletes (ages 6-14) it is especially crucial to focus on teaching and developing.  In the long run your hard work and time will pay off.  Trust me, there is no greater feeling then getting a phone call from one of your athlete’s parents thanking you for what you have done for their child, and that their child gives you all the credit for making them better. Humbly, I just let them know that their child was the one who did all of the work; I just guided them in the right direction.

As stated above there are many variables that make a great coach, but if we can all just realize that it isn’t about US, but about the young athletes, then that is a start in becoming a great coach.  Remember, these young athletes look up to us, let’s make sure we give them something good to look up to.

This is the type of coaching that I have implemented at Athletic Revolution Matthews. When a child is brought to our facility, there wants and needs become a priority, and they are guaranteed to receive the best in Long Term Athletic Development.

We want to wish everyone a healthy and happy Holiday season and a very Merry Christmas!!








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