Some boys discover a passion and love for a sport at a young age and can’t be held back; they pursue it with everything they have and demonstrate a true dedication to the sport. However, even these boys will have days when it doesn’t seem worth the effort. Other boys might love a good game of rugby or footy but are easily discouraged and doubt their ability. A good coach will help athletes stick at their chosen sport and improve their skills, but a great coach will inspire boys to develop physically and emotionally, as well as encouraging a love of sport and teaching life skills that can be applied off the field.
Here are five ways a coach can inspire boys:
1. Demonstrates a love for the sport and how it should be played
When a coach truly loves the sport and demonstrate a real passion for the game, it is infectious. A passionate coach will go above and beyond for the boys and the sport. This might mean extra training sessions to help someone who is struggling, or providing emotional support and mentoring for the team. A coach is not required to do these tasks, but their love for the sport and commitment to developing the boys’ abilities, makes them want to.
2. Teaches good sportsmanship
Good sportsmanship is an integral part of any sport. A great coach will encourage boys to put in their best effort and play with passion, but they will never allow winning to get in the way of treating other players, coaches or parents with respect. Good sportsmanship is not just something a great coach will talk to their boys about he or she will also model this behaviour. A great coach will teach players how to cope with losing and build resilience, and how to win with grace.
3. Teaches players to solve problems
Encouraging boys to find their own solutions will not only engage creativity and problem-solving skills, it will also give them a greater sense of ownership over the game and benefit them in all areas of their life. When boys feel greater ownership of the sport, they are more invested in the game and its result, which inspires more effort and passion for the sport.
4. Knows when and how far to push
Different boys will respond in different ways when pushed to perform. Push too hard and you might discourage them, don’t push enough and they could underperform. Determining the right type and amount of encouragement for each boy can be difficult, but is something a great coach will strive to understand and achieve.
5. Support off the field
A great coach cares for more than just the team’s results, they will care for the wellbeing of boys as well. Looking out for the boys’ mental health and encouraging positive decision making will help to grow a strong relationship between a coach and the boys – giving the boys someone they can look up to and trust. This will lead to improved relationships in the classroom as well.
There are plenty of good coaches who help their players perform better, but a great coach can have a significant positive influence in a boy’s life. By demonstrating a true dedication to the sport and players, a great coach will push boys to perform at their best, respect their opposition, and develop life skills and a love of the sport they play.
Trinity aims to provide the best environment for boys to flourish and develop. The unique programme of Sport that we offer plays a key role in this aim in many direct and indirect ways, and is an integral part of School life and a well-rounded education. In addition, Trinity became the first school in Australasia to be accredited as a World Academy of Sport Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC), being one of only nine schools in the world to receive this accreditation.
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