A (basketball) player often forgets the power that their coach has. Remember, the coach controls what role each player will have, the playing time, the game-plan, and lots more. However, players still get in their heads over things they can’t control. Therefore, I want to talk about what to look for in a coach and what traits are red flags.
We have all heard the typical phrase, “a good coach can always make you push a little harder, run a little faster, hold on for a little longer.” Hence, a coach can put the athlete outside of their comfort zone because they know what the athlete is able of. So, believe it or not, as much as a coach can help their players to develop they can also break them down and make them look/feel/play worse than they ever have. As much as a coach can improve their team he/she can set the player up for failure. Let me introduce you to my check list for coaches.
Traits to look for in a coach, someone who:
- Has a solid knowledge and credentials but always open to learn and listen to players
- Sets up tactics around players, not trying to change a player who’s already professional
- Can communicate and come to agreements together with players
- Interact with players on and off the court in a professional manner until the season is over
- Sets up the team and personal goals for each player
- Highlights progress and gives feedback after practice/games
- Is honest and realistic regarding you as a player and the ability of the team to succeed
- Has a clear sports (basketball) philosophy and makes the players fit in it even if that means that some plays might be changed
- Knows how to reach out to all players and how to motivate them
- Believes in sport psychology!
Avoid coaches who do this:
- Humiliate players and never gives constructive criticism back
- Ignores non-sportsman behavior
- Manipulates and tries to create drama or “sides”
- Doesn’t value players
- Doesn’t show respect to everyone
- Plays the players who are paid the most instead of the ones who are more skilled
- Doesn’t value the bench
- Doesn’t make changes when the team is losing or when the other team makes a run
- Makes the same mistakes over and over
- Refuses to listen to players constructive criticism
The most important question, do you and your coach have the same goal and will your coach make you better and use your best qualities or not?
Until next week, make sure you write down a list of what kind of coach you are looking to play for. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below 🙂