In the end, it’s about teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff.
Teaching the players in practice was what coaching was all about to me.
As coaches, our job is to teach. In addition to teaching the skill sets required to be great at our sport, we must also realize that we are, in fact, teaching life skills. Club GSL has had a direct impact on the lives of thousands of athletes since our inception. What and how we teach is important to their development as well as the larger community. We encourage our coaches to remember that athletes may not “mature” under their watch. They are just a stop on the road during their journey.
“What your kids learn from you will become part of them forever”.
Confidence, commitment, teamwork, goal setting, dealing with loss, overcoming fear, learning to handle pressure, and being a gracious winner/loser are a just few of the things our kids will be learn. We try to keep in mind that our athletes are always watching us. How we react to stress, pressure, conflict, and success are all things that they will be adopting in the future. It’s a sobering thought.