Definition of Success Coaching
Of course, winning is the preferred outcome when scorekeeping is in play. But, when one thinks about it, there is something better for youth sports coaches than winning. Being remembered in a positive way by your players for a long time, or even forever, is better than winning. That is what success coaching is all about.
There is a difference between coaching for success and coaching to win. Coaching for success goes way beyond winning that day’s game or any championship. There is nothing wrong with coaching to win, but winning is a temporary thing. Success coaching is crucial and it affects kid’s lives even off the playing fields. The good news is that coaches can do both if they maintain the correct perspective.
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We all know what coaching to win means. Coaching for success is the art of helping athletes feel that they are a valuable part of a group. It’s about never taking away their self-esteem. It’s about putting them into positions where they have the best chance of succeeding. Kids should be made to feel like they are winners when they show effort, no matter the score or their individual results.
Coaches must realize that their influence goes beyond the playing fields, which is why it is so important that they strive to be a positive role model to kids. Winning in the game of life can occur for athletes when coaches have success coaching as their top priority. When coaches have an impact on players’ lives now and forever they have achieved what should have been their objective for coaching in the first place, whether their teams win or not.
Success coaching begins with teaching players how to train and compete to a comfortable level. That degree may be different for each player and depends on the level of play. Recreational league players are not expected to have the same dedication and commitment that travel and elite players have.
Success Coaching Plan – Define Success
We often think of success as winning or having the best personal statistics, but the definition of success should be defined differently. Success is simply giving one’s all in the pursuit of a goal, not winning or being a star. Any player who reaches close to their potential through hard work should be considered successful.
One goal of youth coaches is to get this definition of success across to players. Once kids understand that the success is not all about winning or being great, they can relax and have the fun they set out to have. There is no better way to be remembered than to teach life lessons that will help players long after they stop playing sports.
Coaches, who do that and help kids feel satisfied with their effort levels, are priceless role models. As with developing the skills in players, teaching life lessons that make everyone successful is a season-long process. Also, the lessons come to players at different times in their careers.
Lessons to Teach
Great coaches teach:
- Faith – helping players to trust in self no matter how unsuccessful they are or how bad things are going.
- Teamwork – teaching players to believe in, pull for, and trust in teammates.
- Perseverance – displaying a never give up attitude by staying optimistic and by not showing disappointment with other players.
- Motivation – providing inspiration, whenever possible is good. Little things like recognizing players by name and pointing out little achievements are crucial ingredients for self-esteem building.
- Perspective – always considering the physical and emotional health of players first, before winning.
- Excellence – never settling for mediocrity, when teams and individuals have the potential to be better.
- Responsibility – never allowing excuses for bad play by helping kids learn to accept ownership for their performance.
- Consistency – showing a belief in all players by being willing to work with every player who wants to work.
- Fun – realizing that nothing is more important than allowing kids to be themselves and enjoy what they are doing.
- Communication – displaying a willingness to talk things out and allow others to express their thoughts, when appropriate.
It is not easy being a quality coach who practices success coaching, but those who do are never forgotten and make a difference. Best of all, success coaching usually leads to winning, an added bonus. #successcoaching #jackperconte
Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 27 years. His playing, coaching and parenting stories create better experiences for athletes and parents. Jack has written over a thousand articles on coaching baseball and youth sports. Jack is the author of “The Making of a Hitter” now $5 and “Raising an Athlete.” His third book “Creating a Season to Remember” is now available. Jack is a featured writer for Baseball the Magazine. You can also find Jack Perconte on YouTube with over 120 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos.