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Running Head: OBSERVATION PAPER 1Observation PaperLucas RomickDenison University
OBSERVATION PAPER 2In reviewing a semester long of learning and observing, it prepares one to teach and demonstrate. Throughout my experience, I found that working with a multitude of coaches, coaching styles and sports that I am really able to define what I see as my coaching style and philosophy. Throughout this report, the focus will be on specific encounters, observations and lessons learned throughout this process and how they shaped, challenged or refined my coaching style and philosophy. Through the observation of four practices, ranging from individual to team and college to high school, as well as two games/meets, there is sufficient experience to draw upon building ones coaching style. Instead of describing each individual experience, parallels will be provided and then elaborated when necessary. To begin, one thing that was consistent between each observation was that although coaches each exemplified onestyle of coaching, primarily, they also exhibited moments of other styles influencing theiractions and decision making. For example, Coach Caravanna, the Denison’s Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach, has very much a command style in his ways. Coach Caravanna’s voice commands respect and his decisions are always final, but he also finds ways to allow his players and assistants a voice. Behind closed doors, according to Fran Gormley, the assistant coaches are constantly challenging Coach Caravanna’s methods and approaches but once out on the field they are all on the same page. On the field, Coach Caravanna points out any missteps in the execution of specific plays but when the players are able to interpret the game plan and make adjustments that are successful, Coach Caravanna allows it. This