Coach's Corner: Credible Coaches are
Every month US Lacrosse sends out monthly newsletters to
parents, program administrators, officials and coaches. And every
month I add a Positive Coaching Alliance and Coaching Tip for all
the coaches out there.
Here is where I'll keep the extended version of those tips as well
as other topics that come about related to coaching.
Feel free to share this resource with all of your coaching
colleagues and suggest in the comment box below with other topics
for me to cover.
PCA – Lessons from Losing
It’s important to teach players how to both win and lose
gracefully, because they almost certainly will have both
experiences. People can often learn a lot more from losing than
For example, it sometimes takes a loss to awaken players to flaws
in their game or the team as a whole that they otherwise could have
overlooked. Losing can also help renew their commitment to
mastering their sport.
It can help players recognize any lapse in intensity of their
practice, conditioning or mental focus. And, if your team uses the
loss as a springboard for correcting a lapse, you will return to
competition stronger than you were before.
Coaching Tip – Credible Coaches are
(Excerpt from The Seven Secrets of Successful Coaches by
Jeff Janssen and Greg Dale)
“You have to create an environment where everybody feels
good about themselves and what they can do.”
For your athlete to really buy into a positive coaching
environment, a coach must strive to build the confidence of their
athletes. Confidence is essential to athletes playing at a high
level. The confidence you show in them, directly impacts the
confidence they will have in themselves. With their ever-increasing
exposure to feedback from peers via social media, athletes feel
they are under scrutiny more so than ever before and it’s the
coach’s duty to protect the psyche of their athletes.
Confidence is Fragile: Handle with Care
Athletes are entering sports with increasingly less confidence
from year to year according to Coach Pat Summit, former Tennessee
Lady Vols women's basketball head coach and all-time winningest
coach in the NCAA basketball history. Sport involves a great amount
of failure, whether it’s via wins and losses or learning a
new skill. As such, confidence levels in athletes will fluctuate
over the course of a season. Be cognizant of your athletes’
confidence levels and make sure to build them up at the right times
to keep them performing at a high level. Likewise, you must know
when they are getting too high on themselves and be able to taper
the building so they do not develop a false sense of confidence and
stop working hard.
Seven Steps to Building Confidence
1. Focus on potential
2. Plant seeds of success
3. Sell athletes on themselves
4. Inspire them to work hard
5. Show them a simple and specific plan
6. Set them up for success
7. Accentuate the positive
Building confidence is crucial to the success of teams. A team
with high confidence levels is capable of pushing the boundaries of
their performance and taking risks that often lead to great plays.
When they feel confident in themselves and each other, the team
comes together as one and will shock you with their