Many sports team today are reshuffling their organizations just to compete effectively with other teams in their leagues. Somehow one of the moves by managements in this situation is to replace the coach, as they think that great coaches make great teams.
Well, in a sense they are not wrong on that matter because it is the coach who will eventually train condition, and even prepare individual athletes to play the game, but on the other hand it is not totally right because it always takes two to tango, so it takes both the athlete and the coach to make a great team, but how do you bridge the connection between the coach and the player? Here are some helpful tips.
Both parties should be able to communicate. But this idea is easier said than done, to clarify this point it should be clear that both the coach and the athlete must be able to maintain a proper professional way to communicate issues and points without being too emotionally drive or without being too personal.
When a coach communicates it must be under the context that they’d want to have the best for the player, and that as a player communicates it must be for the betterment of the whole team. Communicate under the foundation relationship of professionalism.
Be engaged with the Players well-being
To have better connection with them coaches must also be engaged with the well-being of their players not only on court but often off court. It meant that they should look out and become more of a mentor than a boss in terms of keeping their players mentally and physical fit and conditioned.
Such a case in Australia when a football player got injured during a game, the coach immediately sent the player at a Melbourne sports physiotherapy clinic to have the athlete’s condition checked and evaluated. Such is the true meaning and definition of coaching.
Give praises and rewards
Coaches tend to be critical for the sake of bringing out the best in a player but in the same idea it must be remembered that as much as they give criticisms, they must also freely give praises and rewards where it is due to give that little boost of motivation even to slightest of developments on the player’s side.
Work both on the weakness and strengths
A good coach also works both on the strengths and weaknesses of the team and each individual player if necessary. This aspect of building connection and relationship is much harder to achieve because in many cases resistance in the part of the player becomes apparent when their weaknesses are called out, but for a true passionate athlete this meant that behind the hurdle to overcome the weakness is the greater opportunity to thrive and succeed both professionally and personally.
In many aspects of this tips, it can be noted that much of the effort is given to the coach to build the connection.