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Red-headed people have [TEMPERS ]Jews are wealthy but [FRUGAL ]Football players are [DUMB ]Germans are [STUBBORN ]Short people have an [INFERIORITY ]complexFemale athletes are [LESBIANS ]Latinos are great [LOVERS ]Blacks have [RHYTHM ]AL349Page 8Principles of Coaching
Chapter 5 _ Coaching Diverse AthletesWhite men can’t [JUMP ]Sometimes these [STERROTYPES ]have some basis in fact, but they are usually [GROSS ]overgeneralizations; stereotypes become [PREJUDICES ]when they are negative [OPINIONS ]about a group of people that result in [BIGOTRY ]toward them; as a coach, you must guard against[UNFOUNDED ]stereotypes and prejudices that may result in [TREATING ]your athletes unfairly;it is a real challenge to put aside [PREJUDICES ]when selecting the members of your team or your[ STARTING ]lineup, or assigning players to positions; it is a [CHALLANGE ]because you come tocoaching with your [CULTURAL ]heritage, and how you coach is inevitably affected by your cultureFor example, you may have a [CULTURAL ]heritage that emphasizes a [SOLID ]work ethicencompassing hard work, [DEDICATION ], and seriousness – what some call [PROTESTANT ]work ethic; your athletes also come to your team with their personal [CULTURAL ]backgrounds thatinfluence their [PERCEPTION ]of you, their teammates, and the sport itself; sometimes the[CULTURE ]of the coach and the cultures of some players clash over [COMMUNICATION ]style,how players respond to [MISTAKES ]and criticism, aggressiveness or [ASSERTIVENESS ], anddedication to the sportA common cultural [DIFFERENCE ]among racial and ethnic groups is how [SERIOUS ]participantsseem to be when playing sports; a coach with a serious [DEMEANOR ]will have difficultyunderstanding an athlete who might be just as committed to [ACHIEVEMENT ]in the sport but doesnot display the [SERIOUSNESS ]considered so important by the coach; some coaches mistakenlythink that players are[DEFYING ]them when they do not respond according to the[EXPECTATIONS ]of the coaches – expectations based on their [CULTURAL ]heritage – instead ofrecognizing that players may have [DIFFERENT ]views based on their own cultural heritages; the bestway to avoid these [CULTURAL ]clashes is to learn more about the [CULTURAL ]heritages of yourplayers so you can better understand their [ATTITUDES ]and beliefsExpectationsAnother more [INSIDIOUS ]form of prejudice can occur in the form of holding [NEGATIVE ]expectations of certain players based on their [CULTURAL ]heritages; most of us know that[MINORITIES ]and low-income youths have performed less well in [SCHOOLS ]than others, butmany do not know that a [MAJOR ]reason is that teachers expect [LESS ]from them; instead, manyAL349Page 9Principles of Coaching
Chapter 5 _ Coaching Diverse Athletespeople believe they [PERFORM ]poorly because they do not try, their [PARENTS ]do not care, ortheir culture does not [VALUE ]education; therefore, the [EXPECTATIONS ]of teachers – andcoaches – hold of the young people they [GUIDE ]are subtly but clearly communicated to them, andthose with [LOW ]