sport programs receive more [ FUNDING ]than losing ones,and coaches’ [JOBS ]sometimes depend on the win-loss record. As powerful as this[MESSAGE ]may be in our society, it is one the author urges to be rejected. Instead,[ STRIVE ]to coach to achieve all [THREE ]objectives, while keeping in mind that the[DEVELOPMENT ]of your athletes is your foremost priority. As you coach fordevelopment, you will 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.Recreational SportEmphasis on . . .Competitive Sport[FUN ][WINNING ][LEARNING ][ PERFORMANCE ]AL349 _ Chapter 2Page 2Principles of Coaching
Determining Your Coaching Objectives[PARTICIPATION ][ PARTICIPATION BYTHE BEST ]Both [ RECREATIONAL ]and [ COMPETITIVE ]sport programs are valuable as longas the long-term goal of helping [ATHLETES ]develop remains the [ TOP ]priority. Butherein is one of our society’s [SIGNIFICANT]sport problems; many coaches,administrators, parents, and team supporters place [ GREATER ]emphasis on the[IMMEDIATE ]short-term objective of winning than on the less [ OBSERVABLE ]long-term objective of development. A second significant problem is the [DISCREPANCY ]that sometimes exists between the short-term objectives of [RECREATIONAL ]andcompetitive sports programs and the short-term [OBJECTIVE ]of coaches.A Winning PhilosophyAthletes [ FIRST ],Winning [ SECOND ]What these four [ WORDS ]mean is this: Every [ DECISION ]you make and every[BEHAVIOR ]you display should be based first on what you [ JUDGE ]is best for yourathletes, and second on what may [IMPROVE ]the athlete’s or team’s [CHANCES ]ofwinning.Athletes First, [WINNING ]Second is the philosophical foundation for the [ BILL OFRIGHTS FOR YOUNG ATHLETES ]. Athletes First, Winning Second is [ SIMPLE ]to state, but not [ SIMPLE ]to implement. Today some sport organizations are led by[ADMINISTRATORS ]who demand that coaches [ REVERSE ]this objective –Winning First, Athletes Second – either because [WINNING ]is their personal objective orbecause they are [ PRESSURED ]by others. Coaches who [SKILLFULLY ]help youngpeople become better human [ BEINGS ]but fail to win are considered losers, and all toooften are fired. This is the regrettable reality in sport today, but through sport[EDUCATION ]programs, more enlightened sport administrators, and coaches withAL349 _ Chapter 2Page 3Principles of Coaching
Determining Your Coaching Objectivesan[ ATHLETES FIRST, WINNING SECOND ]philosophy, this will change. In thefinal analysis, what’s important is not how many [ GAMES ]you win, but how many youngpeople you help to become [WINNERS ]in life.