Coaching tips absolutes

Coaching Tips Absolutes to Use

Coach Bill Vasko wrote the following in the foreword to my latest book. He hits the nail on the head with these words which set up the coaching tips absolutes listed below.

“I feel that this is where the real satisfaction in coaching comes from – knowing that you have, to the best of your ability, helped prepare a young person for life beyond their athletic career. As a coach, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment, but years later, when you look back, it’s the young people you’ve worked with that you will cherish the most, not how many wins you got.”

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When I look back on my career, I recall a few personal accomplishments, as that is natural, but most of all, I think of the friendships and the struggle of trying to be the best I could be. Those are the things that sports should be about – relationships and trying to reach one’s potential in sport and life. Of course, those do not just happen; It takes guidance from those who have been there before – you, the coach. When you keep the following things in your coaching philosophy playbook, you can look back at your coaching career with the knowledge you did your best, and most importantly, you made a positive difference in many kids’ lives.

17 Coaching Tips Absolutes

  1. The best coaches allow communication to flow both ways.
  2. Coaches motivate with a look of acceptance and belief.
  3. Helping athletes through difficult times is a top leadership goal.


  1. Coaches must earn the trust.
  2. Patience with player progress is a must.
  3. Enjoy the journey and do not dwell on the outcomes.
  4. Stay optimistic through the inevitable challenges.


  1. Treat athletes the way you would like others to treat you – with respect.
  2. No matter the nature of the sport, using thoughtful ways to motivate, not ranting and raving, is best.
  3. Swearing is not necessary or acceptable.
  4. Threats and humiliation have no part in sports.

  1. Specify the roles of parents and ask for their trust.
  2. Help parents understand that an over-emphasis on verbal encouragement in games does more harm than benefit.
  3. * The games are for and about the kids.
  4. * Fairness and sportsmanship are the ideals to coach by at all times.
  5. * The opportunity to teach or reinforce life lessons to kids is a privilege to embrace.
  6. * Bes sure your coaches understand these 3 points, too.


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