Meron Teweldemedhin (2013) defined a coaching philosophy as “An attitude held by a coach that acts as the guiding principle for the training and development of an athlete or team”.
A coach’s personal philosophy should reflect their standards and integrity. A coach will be many things to different people. A coach is a teacher, role model, mentor and a friend. A coach should always have a positive attitude and have the following traits:
- Always puts the players first – The development of youth players is more important than winning a game.
- Develops character and skills – Winning and losing can be used as teachable moments to help build players’ confidence and establish character traits such as discipline, self-motivation and excitement for life. Seeing an athlete learn and improve their skills is the key to successful coaching.
- Sets goals – Coaches should focus on effort instead of the outcome. They establish the standard for continuous learning and improvement of the athlete. Regardless of skill level, coaches should encourage and inspire their athletes to become better without the threats of fear, intimidation or shame. Communication is crucial to building relationships with their athletes and can be used to develop relationships based on respect and character.
- Loves the game – Coaches should love the sport they are coaching and should share that love and enjoyment with the athletes. Coaches should respect their opponents, recognizing that a worthy opponent will push his team to do its best.
- A coach should always teach in a positive manner. This will produce the best players and, ultimately, the best results.
My coaching philosophy is to train, enhance, develop and encourage new players while they grow as players when learning basic fundamentals and techniques of football. I am dedicated to being a fair and supportive coach for all the players.
Teweldemedhin, M. (2013). Retrieved on 24 January 2016 from https://riseofthecoach.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/coaching-philosophy/