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Learn to Step-Aside

by  Dr. Alan Goldberg

Making time to serve your athletes means frequently asking yourself, “How can I help this athlete or situation?” Understand, however, that this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to fix every problem. Repair work may be needed at times, but many creative coaches find that they serve best by stepping aside and getting out of the way to allow athletes to work out their own problems or to come to their own solutions. Too many coaches have a tendency to micromanage situations. This is a trap you need to avoid. The best coaches, like the best waiters and the best teachers, are often those you hardly notice. They quietly do what is necessary, when it is necessary and otherwise they leave you alone.

Dr. Alan Goldberg

Dr. Goldberg was the sport psychology consultant to the 1999 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champion University of Connecticut Huskies, and the 2000 men’s soccer NCAA champions. He is the former Sports Psychology Consultant for the University of Connecticut Athletic Department and continues to work with their men’s soccer program. He draws from 25+ years of experiences working with athletes and teams of all ages and levels to help you develop motivation and achieve peak performance, no matter at what level you compete! Learn more about Dr. Alan Goldberg at Competitive Advantage.