"I have always believed that motivation is a gift to be shared with everyone. Over the years I have read literally thousands of books and articles on the subject. I have come to the conclusion that inspiration is an art that breeds familiarity in every message - a constant reinforcement to our own truth within."
COACH DALE BROWN
Friday, December 9, 2011
Inside Out Coaching
By: Joe Ehrmann Coaching can satisfy the human urge to belong to something that provides identity and meaning. That’s why sports can attract a coaching type that I call the misfit. The misfit-coach needs his players’ acceptance and obedience. He needs to feel a part of the team even more than his players do. This type of coach gravitates toward youth league sports because status and title are easily obtained there. You are instantly dubbed “Coach,” and you are handed a group of young developing minds heeding every word you say. Parents generally fall in line, not wishing to jeopardize Junior’s playing time. Raising kids is the most complicated job in the world, but untrained coaches get easy access to young developing brains. Because most youth and recreation leagues are largely dependent on volunteers, there is usually little screening of the coach and training is rarely provided. Between their deficiencies in emotional intelligence and their lack of knowledge of player’s developmental needs, misfit coaches can snuff out a player’s enjoyment and development before preseason ends. Knowing our children and listening to what they say about a coach are fundamental to protecting them and helping them make sense of nonsense-making coaches. A misfit-coach thinks the ball fields and courts are places for him to fit in, find an identity, climb up the social ladder, or simply feel needed. Either way, his goals and behavior can be destructive to a young athlete.