From PCA DevZone: Working with Assistant Coaches
Our society’s mythology glorifies the individual leader, but
great organizations are usually led by leadership teams. Sports teams are no
different. Forge your assistant coaches into a cohesive leadership team, and
you will accomplish much more. And you will address a huge problem with youth
sports practices – too many kids standing around.
The trade-off is control versus reach. If you do all the
coaching, you can do it to your standards. However, integrating assistants into
your leadership team will extend your impact on your players. But that requires
delegating, something many coaches either aren’t willing or don’t know how to
Here are some thoughts about how to do this well
Here are three ways to delegate to assistant coaches:
Create a strong leadership team and you also prepare your
assistants as Double-Goal Coaches who will go on to positively impact many
youth as head coaches in the future
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How has working with other coaches, parents or assistant coaches, helped you make your teams and athletes better?
What challenges have you had to overcome in building your coaching team or mentoring other coaches?
Share your tips and best practices!
Darren Lowe– Soccer – Surrey – 9 years
“…At the younger ages when you have 10 to 12 players on the
team it is easy for a coach to run a session with all players, and the
assistant coach helps with setting up cones, chasing after balls that are going
into other practices, holding the flag during games. But now that I’m coaching
U14 with 18 players, having an assistant coach to run half the team, while I
have the other half, has made practices more engaging.”
Malcolm Sutherland – Ice Hockey – Thunder Bay – 30 years
“…As a teacher/instructor/coach of coaches, I have found my reach broadening. This has been personally inspiring! But, I have also recognized and heard the struggles of coaches to effectively relinquish “control” and to become less authoritarian and autocratic leaders. When coaches do “let go” paradoxically they gain positional authority, not because of established rules or imposed demands but because of gained trust.”
Sean Ferguson ChPC – Swimming – Region of Waterloo – 20+ years
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