Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Good Coach

One on one or big groups. From age 17 to age 67. A good coach understands athletes have varying learning styles and abilities.

He or she uses demonstration, verbal cues and drills to get the athlete to the desired performance outcome.

A good coach appreciates the process and where an athlete is in that process when giving direction.

It warmed my heart this morning to watch my husband direct swimmers of varying ages and abilities in a positive, enthusiastic and effective manner. He wins respect from his athletes not by screaming, shaming or showing them just how much more he knows than they do. He wins their respect by teaching them and giving them the tools to become better, regardless of their age or ability. He leads them by his example and demeanor.

That is a good coach.

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