What it Means to be a Quality Coach
My coaching philosophy is very simple and to the point; it’s a reflection of my morals and values. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to a coaching philosophy because every coach handles situations differently. With this in mind, I’m now going to share my current coaching philosophy.
The first aspect of my coaching philosophy that I want to address comes from the NASPE Coaching Standards. NASPE 1 states that, “Coaches should develop and implement an athlete-centered coaching philosophy.” (NASPE Standard 1) This means that as a coach, I should outline my expectations for my athletes based on my values and beliefs. Also, I should strive to maximize the positive benefits of sport participation for my athletes.
As a coach, I should let my athletes know from the beginning what I expect of them behaviorally, athletically, and morally in order to fulfill these standards. These expectations will reflect my beliefs of respect for the game, respect for people, respect for their peers, hard work and effort, and practicing good ethics. Good ethics includes good sportsmanship, fair play, and respectable behavior on and off the playing surface. (Sabock, 2) If my players do not take responsibility for themselves outside of athletics they will be disciplined for it. They need to maintain good grades and they need to keep themselves out of trouble, especially with the law. Through my efforts as a coach I hope to instill the value of hard work and responsibility in my athletes. I want them to walk away from athletics knowing that hard work and responsibility is important not just in athletics, but also in school and at their jobs.
The second aspect of my coaching philosophy also comes from the NASPE Standards of Coaching. NASPE 2 states that, “Coaches should identify, model, and teach positive values learned through sport participation.” (NASPE Standard 2) This means that as a coach I should teach and demonstrate positive...