Every aspect of life is made better by being a motivated individual, and without it, not even sports would flourish. From time to time, all basketball coaches suffer when it comes to motivating the players on their team, and though you’re always tempted, you can’t substitute your enthusiasm for that of your players. But, you can increase spirit and motivation on your team, so here are a few ideas to get you started:
Many coaches have a tendency to be impatient. It’s easy to get lost in everyday business matters. We want progress and results now. Although we might realize how important long-term development is, it can be difficult to implement it at times. Training planning takes place in cycles. The question is how can you discover and formulate your goals from a long-term perspective? Developing a club-wide training philosophy that all training groups and coaches accept and follow can get you off to a good start in bringing the development of your athletes and club to the forefront.
I think two main factors influence your coaching: 1.) your experience, and 2.) your personality.
If you are regularly going to clinics, listening to lectures and reading books, this can all help with improvement and growth. But nothing can take the place of actual coaching experience.
Whenever one of you aspiring coaches email me to ask for my advice, I always say, you to coach to get better. It doesn’t matter what level, whether it’s coaching AAU, camps or young children. It’s just as important for you to practice coaching as much as it is for players to practice for hours on end. Before playing in games, players improve in team practices or on their own. For us coaches, the game is our practice. That is what’s real for us. You can’t just teach a gym full of robots to get practice, so to gain experience, you must coach.
Internet is filled with stories how to be a better coach, where to find new drills, how to motivate your athletes and how to improve your coaching in general. It’s brilliant how this new information has recently started to gain traction and exposure as a testament to sports coaching moving to a new level. When previously coaches relied on their own experience and training courses to improve their skills, it is now entirely possible for active coaches to reach new heights with great tips and stories online.