I like so many people was appalled to see the video that surrounded the eventual firing of Rutgers men’s basketball coach. In this day and age when real coaching has such a profound effect on athletes and students, I was left wondering how this behavior can still exist.
There is a big difference between real coaching and imitation. Real coaching involves getting to know your students or players, developing an authentic connection with the individual and implementing an action plan that helps him grow both as an individual and as a team member. It involves encouragement through positive feedback along with support and the necessary motivation for individual growth and development. All of which are life lessons.
Many children are or will be involved in team sports. I highly recommend that both parents and children be aware of these red flags. Actions that involve berating with physical or verbal abuse must never be accepted or tolerated as part of coaching on any level.
After all, according to the definition, coaching is the “profession” of training and guiding not humiliating or degrading individuals.
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