Beyond the Clipboard is a manual to help coaches establish strong programs.
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Beyond the Clipboard takes a refreshing new look at how to build a strong team in any sport. Having strong teams year in and year out depends on more than just knowing Xs and Os, it requires a coach to be aware of the intangibles that help young athletes mature and grow, creating solid programs in the process. With chapters that include accountability, trust, communication, heading a program, and structuring practice time, Beyond the Clipboard is a manual for both the new coach and the veteran. Packed full of information touching on all the areas that go into creating competitive teams, it is a handbook that will guide coaches from the first day of tryouts right through the last game of the season. Included are worksheets after each chapter to help coaches design a system that fits into their own philosophy. This is a must-have manual for anyone serious about the coaching profession, whether it is a recreation team or a high school program.
You cannot dictate respect. You can tell your players they must respect you, but that will not make them do it. You can insist they adhere to certain practice principles and behavior, and if you enforce your rules strongly enough they will do so. But it doesn’t mean they will respect you. Respect is earned and the way to earn it is really very simple, although it is not necessarily easy.
Walk the talk. Just that. You must be the living embodiment of all the qualities you want your players to have. You cannot slip up on this if you expect your players to buy into what you are trying to teach them. It should go without saying that whatever rules you establish for your team should also apply to you, but it goes much deeper than that. You are the one who has to show your players what it means to live the qualities you are trying to instill. They are watching you whether you are aware of it or not. They depend on you to be the rock on which your team is built and for their sakes you better be that foundation.
Coaches who get caught stretching the rules in any way are telling their players it is okay to cheat. Coaches who consistently get called for unsportsmanlike penalties such as technical fouls are showing their players is it okay to be emotionally out of control. Coaches who humiliate a player are showing the rest of the players that is okay to embarrass a teammate in public or private.
Be fair and honest with your players at all times and they will learn the value of being upfront with people. Communicate your expectations clearly and players will learn the value of setting high standards for themselves, then living up to those standards. They will also learn to open up with those around them and talk things out rather than letting situations fester until they become crisis situations. Set goals for yourself and your team and it will demonstrate the positive energy that comes from working hard to meet a goal.
We sometimes lose sight of the effects we have on those around us and this is never more evident than in coaching. All too often it becomes about the wins and losses and the “win at all costs” mentality that permeates our society has manifested itself in everything from business to politics. There is value to be taught in teaching athletes to do their very best in pursuit of victory, but the lasting value comes in the effort not the result. If we can impress upon our players that there is no shame in being fairly beaten in a game if you have given it your absolute best effort, we have equipped them with something that will serve them very well in life.