Determining Your Coaching ObjectivesThree Major Objectives of CoachingThe goals coaches usually list fall into three broad categories:1To win2To help young people have fun3To help young people develop . . .Physically , by learning sport skills, improving physical conditioning,developing good health habits, and avoiding injuriesPsychologically , by learning to control their emotions and developingfeelings of self-worth; andSocially , by learning cooperation, in a competitive context and appropriatestandards of behaviorSociety’s ObjectivesFrom a review of the professional literature written by educators, journalists, religious leaders,and the medical community it is clear that our society offers sports programs primarily to helpyoung people develop physically, psychologically , and socially – and that it expects you as acoach to accept development as your number one objective sNevertheless, as you strive to achieve this long-term objective of developing your youngathletes, our society also encourages you to achieve the secondary and short-term objectives ofwinning and having fun.Despite the general focus on development in sports involving young athletes, somerepresentatives of our society clearly indicate that they value winning over the developmentand well-being of athletes by rewarding only the winners rather than recognizing allparticipants equally. Fans cheer winning teams and criticize teams with losses, winning sportprograms receive more funding than losing ones, and coaches’ jobs sometimes depend on thewin-loss record. As powerful as this message may be in our society, it is one the author urges tobe rejected. Instead, strive to coach to achieve all three objectives, while keeping in mind thatthe development of your athletes is your foremost priority. As you coach for development, youwill likely find that winning falls into place.Recreational Versus Competitive Sport ProgramsThe sport programs our society offers vary widely in the emphasis placed on winning.AL349 _ Chapter 2Page 1Principles of Coaching
Determining Your Coaching ObjectivesRecreational SportEmphasis on . . .Competitive SportFunWinningLearningPerformanceParticipation by allParticipation by the bestBoth recreational and
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