3 Tips to go from good to great Basketball Coaching

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The impact of your Basketball Coaching:

When talking to young athletes, it’s almost overwhelming hearing them expressing their thoughts about their basketball coaches. It seems that there are two main directions this conversation can go. Either they claim their coach to be one of the greatest life influencers or a source of stress and bitterness. In any case, the common ground here is that for most athletes a coach’s impact can last a lifetime so it’s your responsibility to choose what basketball coaching you are willing to offer.

Ways to improve your positive coaching

It doesn’t matter if you already are an established coach with many successful games, wins, and trophies in your cv, or a fresh inexperienced coach. Remember there is always room for improvement for everybody. And I’m not necessarily talking about your technical skills, those you may know well already. But when it comes to offering your coaching to young people, be sure that it takes more than basketball qualification to be considered great.

After a conversation with some of the most successful basketball coaches from around the world, here are some honorable tips that will help you approach your basketball coaching from another angle.

  1. Learn to listen to both mouth and body

As a coach, you have thousands of advices for each type of athlete’s needs. But are you sure that you can address their needs as people? You should learn to understand their attitude towards you, their body language in order to be able to affect them. Are they open to listen and trust you or are they defensive? Decrypting their verbal and nonverbal actions may help you get closer to their phycology and discover new approaches that will help them rise.

  1. Adjust your coaching

Sending the same message to various receivers doesn’t guarantee you the same decoding from everyone. For example, if your strategy is to shout in order to keep players disciplined and focused you may have various results. For example, you may reach your goal with players coming from healthy families but those kids that come from troubled environments may react in the exact opposite way. Be sure that you know your athletes’ backgrounds as well so that you can unveil their talents in the most constructive way.

  1. Become better by making them better people

In order to keep improving yourself, you must first realize that you are way more than just a coach to them. You’re their mentor as well. This means that a part of your responsibilities is to embed courage into athletes’ lives. Make every player feel special and needed despite their flaws. Teach them that there is always room for improvement by improving yourself first and they shall never stop trying. A constructive and positive attitude towards basketball will help them apply those lessons in real life. Teach them about respect, focus, improvement, teamwork, patience, persistence and they’ll learn how to apply them all, growing a more responsible and ethical part of them in general.

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