Jumping into the coaching world where there are hundreds of other tenured coaches can be challenging. It’s even tougher when each person has a different opinion about being the best coach and reaching athletes at every level. Dealing with young athletes, parents, and teachers can be scary. We’ve got a few things to remember when you enter the world of coaching.
Don’t Let The Game Control You.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s a tough thing as many new coaches want to control every little thing. The truth is that you can only manage a few things. If you let the game take over everything in your life, you’ll lose yourself. It’s essential to learn to delegate and trust others with specific things to help your overall success.
It’s Not All About Winning
Yes, coaches that win usually keep their job. The scoreboard isn’t what always keeps your job, though. You have to have a long-term plan that helps all of your athletes perform at their best. If you win all of your games because you have a team stacked with talent, your coaching doesn’t matter. If you win games because you’re coaching a team that has heart, you’re making a difference.
Build Your Reputation
A good reputation goes a long way in coaching. When you’re aware of how your actions affect others, you’ll stand above the rest. It would help if you noticed the impact of your behavior on everyone around you. Your reputation impacts your team, other coaches, staff members, and parents. You are in charge of a team. That team’s actions are a reflection of every choice you make as a coach. A bad reputation is tough to reverse. Start on a positive foot. Even if you have a bad day, you can stand tall.
Never compromise your beliefs to win. You must take a job that aligns with your values. If you compromise your core values, you’ll lose yourself as a person instead of gating knowledge. You’ll never truly be successful even if you win lots of games. Remember that you were hired to do a job the best way you can do it.
Realize what you do not compromise on.