Plaisir – Passion – Patience – Persévérance – Positivisme
Qualities of a Good Coach
By Robert Grandmaison
A good coach ensures that:
- Safety is a predominant issue… always having a first aid kit by his/her side, ice and a clean towel!
- He/she is there for the players instead of his/her own personal glory!
- Children are physically and emotionally safe and secure
- He/she is dedicated but understands that he/she is not the most important person on the team, the players are!
- The goals are set by the team and the role of each player is clearly defined
- He/she maintains emotional stability by never letting his/her frustrations out on athletes at any level
- He/she exercises patience by accepting mistakes and forgiving
- There is room for trial and error and makes certain that players learn from his/her mistakes
- He/she communicates honestly with players, parents, officials, other coaches and media
- He/she acts as a role model as coaches have great influence on a child, adolescent and athlete in his/her development
- He/she is sensitive toward the needs of youth
- He/she uses good judgment, is fair and provides encouragement
- That as an educator, he/she intervenes properly when deemed necessary, using common sense
- He/she gives his/her best at all times by being enthusiastic, organized, curious, passionate, positive, caring, always wanting to improve and demonstrating will power and perseverance
- That he/she appreciates the people around him/her by being open-minded and by providing fair responsibilities to his/her assistant coaches
- That he/she recognizes when the team is tired; sometimes, the best practice is no practice