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IT IS FAR MORE COMPLICATED

It’s not just how well your team plays that is a judge of your success. It is far more complicated than that. If you happen to coach a winning team this does not automatically make you a good coach. Just as if you coach a team with a losing record doesn’t automatically make you a […]

Ask Questions

If you want to effectively serve your players, then ask them the following four questions in individual meetings, probably best done at the beginning of your season: 1. What would it take for you to play at a higher level? 2. What would you like me to do to help you? 3. Are you feeling […]

Serving Others in Your Child’s Sport

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Serving Others in Your Child’s Sport So you want your child to be happy and healthy. You want your child to excel. You want your child to experience as much success as possible on the court, field or track. Good for you! There’s no problem there. The more important question is how will you go […]

“The Man in the Mirror”

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“The Man in the Mirror” When you get all you want as you struggle for self, and the world makes you king for a day, then go to the mirror and look at yourself and see what that man has to say. For it isn’t your mother, your father or wife whose judgment upon you […]

What Makes A Great Coach? #11

by  Dr. Alan Goldberg Great coaches USE THEIR ATHLETES’ MISTAKES AND FAILURES AS VALUABLE TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES –  They know that their athletes need to be relaxed and loose in order to play to their potential and that a fear of making mistakes will always undermine this relaxed state. To this end, the good coaches give […]

What Makes A Good Coach? #10

by  Dr. Alan Goldberg Good coaches TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN TO AND EDUCATE THEIR ATHLETES’ PARENTS – They make it a regular practice to communicate with the parents and educate them about the sport and the role that they need to play on the team. Your success as a coach often depends upon getting […]

What Makes A Good Coach? #9

by  Dr. Alan Goldberg The great coaches are GREAT COMMUNICATORS – They understand that communication is a two-way street and involves a back and forth between coach and athlete. Bad coaches think that communication is a one-way street. You talk and the athletes listen. Instead, effective communication entails that you as a coach carefully listen […]

What Makes A Good Coach? #8

by  Dr. Alan Goldberg The best coaches are FLEXIBLE – They approach their teaching by continuously looking for a beter way to reach each athlete.  When an athlete struggles learning something the better coaches do not look at this as a “learning disability” and blame the athlete for their incompetence.  Instead they approach it as […]

What Makes A Good Coach? #7

by  Dr. Alan Goldberg The best coaches COACH THE PERSON, NOT JUST THE ATHLETE – Really effective coaches take the time to get to know the athlete as a person. They take an interest in the athlete’s life off the field, court or track. They don’t see personal, academic or social problems as a distraction […]