A coaching philosophy clarifies the fundamental reason for coaching and the coach’s core values. This statement should identify and spell out three items:
- The main purpose for coaching
- Personal values
- Leadership style
Your coaching philosophy dictates why you do anything and everything within your team and program structure. A full understanding of the philosophy will be the groups guide for all actions and decisions pertaining to the team. A high level of self-awareness is vital in creating a factual and realistic philosophy.
My personal coaching philosophy states:
To empower athletes, families, coaches, and organizations to create opportunities for lifetime success.
Upon having a written coaching philosophy, it should be shared with the players you coach as well as their families. This statement will assist with setting the expectations for all participants and support groups involved with the team. During an initial parent meeting is a great time to review the details of the coaching philosophy. Defining terms, giving examples, and clarifying values is a must for exceptional programs.
A well thought out coaching philosophy is the backbone of a quality team and program. Your understanding of why you coach and what you stand for and then sharing it with your team over and over again will promote group transparency and cohesion leading to a more positive overall experience.
Empowering athletes, families, coaches, and organizations to create opportunities for lifetime success.
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