COACHING INFORMATION: From HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL COACH by JIM BONDER, published by Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
· Leadership by all leads to leadership for none, and that spells chaos and confusion. You must be secure in your sense of unchallenged authority in order to be a real instrument in your team's success.
· Whatever players do and however hard they try, they cannot win by tipping the scales of authority in their favor. They can only win by losing gracefully to the authority.
· Young players want to be led and look to their coach as one whose decisions are a major factor in winning.
· Be everything you expect your players to be, in enthusiasm, in loyalty, and in hard work.
· Good coaching is good teaching transferred from the classroom to the field. Plans on the field are made just as meticulously as those in the classroom.
· Coaches must constantly strive to improve their knowledge of their particular sport. Old dogs can still learn new tricks.
· A coach should willingly assume sole responsibility for team failures and relinquish all credit for its success to team members and assistants.
· Every coach creates frustration when he interferes with the natural drives and desires of his charges. One of the reasons a player submits to the authoritarian will of his coach is because of the reward he receives through participation.
· Despite winning being a fixed objective you would be unrealistic if you did not prepare to bounce back from failure. All champions come back. While it is small comfort to the coach and squad that loses, there are, nevertheless, some advantages which will result. It is when you are compelled to ride one of the detours that new ideas are born. Tell your squad that failure today results in the planting of seeds for future victories.
· All cannot be pleasure. Pleasures have value when pain is lurking nearby. The road to victory is strewn with pain. Only after being racked with pain do players learn to appreciate fully the fruits of victory.
· Players must never be made to feel completely secure. It
is the threat of insecurity which compels one to put forth his best effort
to gain the coveted security. Never do we want to be at either extreme.
The extreme right is exactly like the extreme left. You must establish
balance. "Too much" playing time must not give
· Players must want to do the things they do not like to do. This is the ultimate in coaching.
· Oftentimes the uninformed public thinks of an assistant as
someone whose knowledge is inferior to that of the head coach. This premise
does not always follow. Without the assistant who is a specialist, head
· As head coach, insist that every assistant plunge into his
work with the same zeal and enthusiasm you do. As their leader, give them
their just due. Tell the student body, press, and players that team success
is not due to your contributions but to the outstanding ability
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This book was copyrighted in 1958! It is out of print,
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