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Topic #1 - Philosophy

Every professional in a position of leadership should have a philosophy.  As a teacher and coach you have formed certain beliefs, concepts, and attitudes.  This is your foundation for the road ahead.  Your personality will display your philosophy as you teach and coach.  Coaches with a good philosophy will have a greater chance of success.

If you teach life values through the vehicle of sport with a philosophy, your students will be motivated to play under you.  You will be a role model for them.  Your impact on your athletes will vary in the short term, but showing them that you care about them, will give them a long term connection.  Several of your athletes will become productive members of society and will credit you for their success.




Topic #2 Ethics


Ethics are principles of conduct governing a teacher or coach. They are usually expressed through behavior, and easy to recognize. They convey a person’s judgment, morals, and character. Chronic unethical behavior will eventually get a coach in trouble, while very severe ethical violations usually provoke an immediate reaction. Coaches should believe in and display strong ethics every day.


Allow me to present several examples of unethical behavior and my remedies:

1. Consistently blaming officials for your team’s losses and poor play.


Remedy: Learn the rules of your sport and do not question judgment calls. During the course of a season bad calls even out for all teams, everyone makes mistakes. Set the correct example for your players and fans by being a good sport.

2.Starting your Son or Daughter over someone is who clearly a better player.


Remedy: Always include your coaches in deciding who should start in every situation. You should make   the final decision if it cannot be resolved.

3.Constantly using profane and threatening behavior.


Remedy: Simply treat all your players as if they were your son or daughter. If you become a more positive role model, you   will experience more success and fewer problems on and off the field.

4. Betting on the team to win, lose, or shave points!


Remedy: Gambling, smoking, alcohol and drugs are part of society and in some form might infiltrate your team. You must not be a problem yourself. Get yourself on the right path so you can truly lead. Then, you as a role model must weed out any team problems and deal with them effectively.

5. Getting involved in an indecent relationship with a student or married parent of one of your players.


Remedy: Judgment in your personal life can effect your professional life. Be focused on making good decisions, and don’t flirt with the devil!




Topic #3 Introspection

Introspection results in better self-understanding.  When you look inward for your thoughts and feelings, you will more easily understand your personality patterns.  This should improve your effectiveness when you communicate.  Your , inadvertently, developing better people skills.  You might also have a better idea of how people will react to you.  Perhaps using introspection, you might use your conscience to tweak a negative thought into a positive one.  On the other hand, If  you just speak without much thought, mistakes are more likely to occur.  A coach could be  perceived  as : inaccurate , impatient, insensitive, indifferent, arrogant, angry, sarcastic, or pompous! These are all negative responses and adversely affect the coach/player relationship.

Coaching can be very stressful.  When a person deals with stress effectively, everything slows down.  The result is better self-control.  If one has a sense of humor, kids love it.  A coach is more likeable, when he or she is willing to have some fun.  Don’t take yourself too seriously; after all, their parents aren’t perfect either!                                                                                                                                        


Topic #4 Transference

Transference is the redirection of feelings and desires, unconsciously retained from childhood toward another person. If one’s childhood is relatively normal, the child develops feelings of:  love, security, self- esteem, and a sense of responsibility! This would indicate healthy development and a strong foundation for adolescence and adulthood.

If a child is unhappy, he or she will repress many bad experiences into the unconscious mind.  Naturally, a child loves their parents.   When, the basic needs are not being provided, the child develops coping skills for self -preservation. Living with feelings of:  fear, insecurity, inferiority, and guilt at the beginning of life, does not paint a bright outlook!

As an adult, one maintains the same feelings, but they are repressed in the unconscious mind. A coach may or may not be aware of the dark side of their personality?  When these feelings surface, the coach responds by getting angry.  Anger is irrational; however, it gives a person more power and less self- control. Rage follows, then blame and shame!  This ugly pattern is usually reinforced by people close to the coach and the program, who rationalize his or her behavior, usually because they are all feeding off of a winning program.

Therapy is needed and can be very effective. Overtime, a person can sense the feelings coming on, and can pull back before they strike out! If a coach needs help, they should seek it.  After all, their health and happiness are at stake.  Certainly,   the  players would function better in a more pleasant environment!




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