The coaching principles that follow should form the foundation of your coaching style.
RESPECT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL
Respect the individual – as a person, as a player – and the opinions he/she may hold. Developing self- esteem is a prime objective. Avoid the tendency to concentrate on the better players while ignoring the low achievers. All players need feedback.
Be well presented, look the part, and be emotionally in control at all times. Patience and kindness are key foundations of the coaching process. Maintain strong ethical and moral principles.
Be well organized and enthusiastic, and establish, through your example, the correct work ethic within the team. Practice sessions, equipment, and match arrangements are organized well in advance.
ABILITY TO SEEK AND USE ASSISTANCE
Surround yourself with competent people with whom you can work. Ensure that assistants and/or volunteers have clear roles and responsibilities. Communicate with them regularly and listen to opinions and suggestions. However, the ultimate responsibility for coaching is yours.
Ensure that you have a session plan, specifying skills and games, ahead of each practice. Remember, planning is key to successful coaching. A sample lesson plan is attached at the end of this manual.
SAFETY AND FITNESS AWARENESS
It is your responsibility as coach to provide an environment that does not expose players to potential injury. To be effective in this area, be aware of:
1. Safe playing and training facilities
2. Warm-up activities
3. Rest and recovery
4. Dietary intake and fluid replacement
5. Protective equipment
6. The importance of appropriate fitness programs
7. Any ailments (e.g. asthma) by which specific individuals may be affected
NOTE – Coaches should explore getting insurance to make sure
they safeguard against liability should a player get injured during
practice or play under their supervision.