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Coaching Your Athletes To Perform At Their Best During Practice And On "Gameday"

Updated on April 20, 2011
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"dog cuss athletes or team?

How many of us coaches wives or spectator have seen a coach "dog cuss" out athletes or team? I have been a witness to this many a times, and can see that it is both, the player and the coach because it was out of frustration due to lack of execution athletically or poor judgment off the playing field. When these situations occur with athletes, coaches have to make a split second decision on how to be mentors and remember everyone is watching their reaction. Good, bad or indifferent the athlete’s situation needs to be addressed.

Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us." *(2Timothy 3:16-17) Remember that our words, can build or destroy athletes for the task of performing at their very best during competition. Proverbs 17:22 (22) A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Coaches keep it "real", but keep your words uplifting, positive, encouraging, spirited exposing rebellion. I see athletes and coaches, they can be very prideful/rebellious creatures. That is why I suggest if you want athletes best effort, find techniques and words that bring cheer/joy into their hearts and minds. Always speak the truth with thought, which at the end of the day can build character, and confidence, not words that will leave them with low self-esteem, broken, confused.... a crushed spirit. Repeated repetition of poor technique teaches error, and conversely repeated repetition of negative words to our athletes breeds a low performer on “game day.”

We wives, parents and spectators are here to watch the hard work that went into practice all week. Will you as a coach give to your athlete today words that encourage, not discourage.

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      Shelly 6 years ago

      I have been at many games where coaches cuss out players. I have seen parents fight with coaches and each other. I understand frustration, but there are ways to get the most out of people.