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1 Developing a Functional Coaching Philosophy
Don Burroughs

2 Popular Thoughts on Philosophy
When you're in the muck you can only see muck. If you somehow manage to float above it, you still see the muck but you see it from a different perspective. And you see other things too. The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems. There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.

3 Wrong Reasons for Coaching
Power Trophies Fulfill their own agenda

4 Right Reasons for Coaching
Molding a group of individuals into a team Be part of the game – love of the sport Pass on knowledge Enjoyment of teaching players to play better and help them develop The thrill and excitement of sport Help young players have fun Want to share the experience with your kids Nothing kills a team’s spirit faster than an apathetic coach Leadership is inspiring people to do their best

5 Great Coaches Are Teachers
Teaching them the skills Teaching them how to play within the team concept Teaching them how to make good decisions Teaching them not to be afraid to fail Teaching them character values Teaching them to be successful as players and people

6 Motivations for Successful Coaches
Love of coaching Love of the game Fear of failure Need to prove to people they are good at coaching Love of competition The challenge itself Highs of winning knowing there will be lows of defeat

7 Aspects of Coaching Philosophy (1)
Team needs a clear idea of what they’re expected to do and how they’re expected to do it Goal setting is a major part of motivation, empowerment and commitment Provide knowledge, information, and feedback through stats Verbal communication Our team will work harder and play harder than anyone else Believe in a team playing together, playing unselfishly and having the characteristics of a family No individual is more important than the team

8 Aspects of Coaching Philosophy (2)
Play smart and make good decisions Total focus throughout competition Team is totally positive and enthusiastic Have fun and play loose Play with composure in a crisis situation Play with a lot of courage Play with confidence Play with a good attitude

9 Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom
Helps us understand fundamental questions of what, why and how Determines how we view objects and experiences in our lives Determines how we view people and our relationships with them Determines how much value we place on objects and people Philosophical uncertainty leads to inconsistency in behavior

10 Why develop a coaching philosophy?
A well-developed philosophy will help you make difficult decisions and coach more successfully Think like an accountant…

11 Purpose of a coaching philosophy
Starts everyone on the same page Shows how you approach the game Blueprint of you as a coach No surprises for anyone Players make an informed decision to play for you Helps you keep winning in perspective Guide to coaching decisions

12 A philosophy consists of…
Major objectives Your beliefs or principles that you achieve your objectives

13 Possible concepts in philosophy (1)
Winning Sportsmanship Time management Academics Setting priorities Choosing captains Good decisions

14 Possible concepts in philosophy (2)
Commitment by coaches & players Player roles Substitutes Trust Work ethic Resisting temptations Coachability

15 Things that test your philosophy (1)
Parents Administrators College coaches observing - recruiting Job security Boosters Personal competitiveness of the coach Tradition Time of season

16 Things that test your philosophy (2)
Rivalries Team morale Problem athletes – player behavior Outside distractions Media Staff Family problems

17 Know your “self” Self-awareness Self-esteem Self-disclosure

18 Know your “self-awareness”
When you are at peace with yourself you can help your athletes be at peace with themselves What you teach may well be less important than what you demonstrate through your character and philosophy Your athletes are much more likely to become what you are rather than what you want them to be

19 Know your “self-esteem”
The inner conviction about your competency and worth as a human being Not achieved by defeating others, but by living up to your own realistic standards

20 Know your “self-disclosure”
Must be relevant to your relationship and appropriate to the situation If you don’t self-disclose with your players, they won’t with you

21 What is a “successful” coach? (1)
Wins Relates to athletes Motivates their players Can recruit successfully (good players) Has good support financially Strong work ethic Has right equipment & facility Good knowledge of the sport

22 What is a “successful” coach? (2)
Good staff Stays educated Graduates players at a high rate Their players love the game when they finish their eligibility Enjoy a lifetime friendship with former players Respected by players & peers Mentors others in the field

23 Don Shula “[Coaching philosophy] set[s] the context and boundaries within which our players and coaches can operate. They keep me honest and heading in the right direction.” Keep winning and losing in perspective Lead by example Go for respect over popularity Value character as well as ability Work hard, but enjoy what you do

24 Tony DiCicco “Catch Them Being Good”
Know your limitations and use them as strengths Play hard, play to win, have fun Less is more The relay paradigm Vulnerable, humble leadership

25 Tony DiCicco (cont.) Validate their feelings The challenge coefficient
Imprint vs. Perfect One size doesn’t fit all Be prepared to take a penalty

26 Tony DiCicco (cont.) Validate their feelings The challenge coefficient
Imprint vs. Perfect One size doesn’t fit all Be prepared to take a penalty

27 Pat Summitt “The Definite Dozen”
Respect yourself and others Take full responsibility Develop and demonstrate loyalty Learn to be a great communicator Discipline yourself so no one else has to Make hard work your passion

28 Pat Summitt (cont.) Don’t just work hard, work smart
Put the team before yourself Make winning an attitude Be a competitor Change is a must Handle success like you handle failure

29 Coach Krzyzewski Preseason, Regular Season, Post Season, All Season
Teaching Commitment Family Excellence Motivation

30 Rick Pitino Build self-esteem Set demanding goals Always be positive
Establish good habits Master the art of communication

31 Rick Pitino Learn from role models Thrive on pressure
Be ferociously persistent Learn from adversity Survive success

32 Anson Dorrance “Players get better everyday from the competitive cauldron. We keep score on everything we do in practice.”


34 Hopefully it is based on…
Coaching Philosophy Hopefully it is based on… What’s best for the kids What may improve their chances of success

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