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Sports leaders

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Roseanna Ward

on 22 May 2014

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Sports leaders
Communication is sports are vital for success because without communication you do not know what other people are thinking. You need to voice your problems, so they can be fixed. You need to voice your appreciation so you know your efforts are being appreciated and so you may continue with good work. You need to voice encouragement. Without communication your team is going to fail because you would not what each other is thinking, you won’t know if there happy or sad with the way things are.
Sports leaders and coaches require patience to handle the development of players. This patience is displayed through self-control and discipline, which can rub off on the players, assistant coaches and ultimately lead to improved performance by the team. A coach also needs to be patient. A coach must understand that with a varied group of learners some will require a fuller explanation while others may need a number of demonstrations to fully understand the topic, so satisfactory planning is needed to ensure all the participants’ needs are considered and prepared for. A coach should remain relaxed and positive when an individual or group fail to learn at the desired rate is key. They should not ‘snap’, sulk or throw tantrums at the players as this will not positively improve the situation, it may result in the team ‘switching’ off and stop concentrating all together and in some cases lead to the coach losing some of the respect previously gained.
When working with young people, they often look up to the coach as a role model. An example of being a role model would be David Beckham. David Beckham has been involved in doing charity work which can set a good example for many people. Roles models can be very influential. Taking drugs may show that it is acceptable to take them if you are considered to be a persons role model and so that it is important that a role model sets good examples. A sports coach has to be a good role model to the team, this will help for example when the coach is taking sessions the players will listen and take in what he has got to say. Being a role model may inspire children to take part more in sport and to keep active.
The coach will be spending so much time with the player one to one that they need to be friends for it to work. For example if they weren't friends, the player wouldn’t take the coaches advice as much and would find sessions boring and lose concentration but when you’ve got a friend there you can have a bit of a laugh and enjoy what you are doing. A coach will also be a friend either in or out of the sport because if you have got something to say they will listen and then give you their advice on the situation. If the player has a problem, it would be easier talking to a friend rather than someone who is just their coach. If the coach is a friend, it would be easier for the player to take criticism.

As a motivator, you are required to motivate the players so that they are kept interested during the practice and the players keep putting their best efforts in at all times. To keep the players motivated, you need to understand their personality to find out what makes them motivated the most. Using rewards can help keep players motivated during practice and games. The coach is a motivator with a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the game and the players. The ability to motivate and inspire is part of the success. Motivation may mean keeping the practice fun, different and challenging.
When you are a coach, you need to be organized. You need to plan for different things such as weather, lack of equipment, unavailability of a venue, or too many people attending the session. This is another common skill for a coach to be well organised. They will have to do this both on and off the field of play. On the pitch they will need to set out sessions for the team to help them improve, this will also include planning sessions before hand to make sure that it runs correctly. Also off the field they need to ensure the players are safe at all times.

A leader must be confident not only in himself, but in his team. This helps when a leader must lead by example, as others will see that you are confident and follow suit. Confident leaders are also vocal leaders, and can rally their team to high spirits whenever necessary. If the coach didn't show confidence, then the team may not show interest in what the coach is saying. Having confidence might also boost the teams self confidence and they may perform better.

A sports coach needs to have knowledge to pass on to the participants in the group. The coach needs to know about the age and level they are teaching and the expectations of themselves and the players. The coaches knowledge will ensure the safety and confidence of the players. It will also give the team a chance to be successful. Players have to understand the proper techniques; how to hit a baseball, how to make a tackle in football, how to kick a soccer ball. Eventually the coach will have to apply what thy are doing more extensively, like devising an offensive/defensive game plan. Whatever the sport, the coach know what you are talking about.

A sports coach needs to be committed so that the players know that the coach will teach them to the best he can. If the coach is committed, it will encourage the players to turn up to every training session and not make them lose focus. The coach needs to be committed so that the players will know that he will turn up to every training session, take them to matches and will be committed to helping the players get better at playing. An example of someone who is a committed person would be David Beckham.
A coach needs to be goal focused so that the team knows what the coach is working towards and how how they are going to get there. If the coach wasn't goal focused, the team might lose focus on what they are trying to achieve and might not put in maximum effort. Also if the coach wasn't goal focused, the team may lose focus of what they are working towards if the coach sets the goal and then decides not to work towards it or changes the goal every training session instead of pushing the players to reaching the target over a few training sessions.
A coach needs to have good time management which means that the coach needs to decide what activities need the most time and prioritising. The coach has to focus on what is most important and what activities the group will most benefit from. Sports coaches need time management skills so that he can focus on what needs the most times and know what they are doing. A netball coach may have to arrive half an hour before it begins to set up where a football coach may need to arrive a 1 to 2 hours before to set up.
An innovator in sport provides personalized practices and strategies. A coach's innovative role also includes developing new ways to encourage players, whether by showing a video or by giving a speech. A coach assesses competition and plans practice and plays around strengths and weaknesses. A coach must assess each individual and develop specific coaching guides for each member. An innovative coach creates ways to win and succeed.
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