As I was deciding what to write about this week, I reflected on previous coaches I have had in the past and compared that to the way I currently coach my team today. I looked at and evaluated each coaching style of my previous coaches and if they had an impact on the way that I coach. As we all know, there are a number of different coaching styles and/or techniques; however, after some research, I think that there are two main coaching styles we use today in everyday life at any age group. The first one being transactional coaching and secondly transformational coaching styles.
As a coach or a parent are you concerned about what position your son, daughter or young athlete occupies while playing basketball. Many coaches today start teaching young athletes about specific positions in basketball and informing those players that they must play that position for the whole season. Children at this age do not know the difference between a shooting guard and a power forward; rather, they just want to play the sport and have fun.
A skill that separates an exceptional athlete from the rest is the degree to which that individual believes in themselves and trusts that they can be successful in the sport. Confidence is defined as how strongly an individual believes that he/she can achieve the desired goals. This skill is applied at all levels within sport and is developed over time. The way that Tom Brady is able to make that winning touchdown pass or LeBron James making that defensive stop in clutch moments all stems from this confidence and the belief that they can perform these tasks on a regular basis.
Think about it. When you were playing sports or in the classroom, did you ever have a coach or teacher that made learning so fun you did not want to leave? Or when you were not having the best day, was that person able to cheer you up and get you back on your feet, performing your best? Or did you have that one coach or teacher that pushed you to be the best you could be, while still being supportive and understanding? I know I did.
The coach-athlete relationship is said to be one of the most important bonds when playing sports and could significantly boost an athlete’s performance levels and self-confidence. On the other hand, a negative coaching experience can significantly turn athlete’s away from playing a sport they may love.
Mental toughness is defined as the ability for athletes to resist, manage and overcome doubts, worries or circumstances that may prevent the athlete from excelling at a specific task set out to achieve. Acquiring the mental skill, will allow athletes to have a “psychological edge” that enables them to cope better than their opponents with the demands sport places on the athlete. Sport is more than just the physical aspect, but a main factor in sport is being in control of your mind as well as the emotions involved.
Mike Klinzing is Founder and Executive Director of Head Start Basketball (Cleveland, OH). Offering youth basketball camps and skills training for over 20 years, Head Start Basketball uses the game to improve character, develop leadership, and promote sportsmanship.
Parents often face difficult decisions regarding their child’s youth basketball experience. What coach or program is the best one for my young player? These decisions are often complicated by misinformation that is shared by parents of other players. How can you make a good decision about where to play and what coach is best for your young player? Start by asking these nine questions of the coach or program administrator.