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A sport coaching career in Gauteng   is sometimes a “no-win” kind of job. It’s an occupation that is most often done in  public. If you coach, then you are in a visible position that exposes you to the public’s It’s one of those jobs where the general public opinion is often given.

With the constant pressure and expectations placed on athletes and coaches we often forget that sport should be enjoyed.  As a result of the stress that generally accompanies competitive sport, we are often guilty of becoming overly prescriptive and dictatorial in our coaching

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Coaching in sport is becoming more and more difficult as we move into the 21st Century. While this article focuses on the swimming coach, the lessons learnt can be adapted to coaching in all sports. So what are the attributes of a great coach?

A coach will play a very important role in the lives of young swimmers. Their actions and attitudes help shape their view of the world and of themselves. For some children the coach will enter their world at a time when they may be striving to reduce their parents' influence. Children may look to you for considerable support either physically or psychologically. The potential to impact on young lives should not be off-putting.

A common mistake in young coaches is to assume that verbal communication is not only the best form of communication, but it's the only way to communicate. A further problem is that some coaches frequently talk too much. Verbal communication is vital; but it can lose some of its effectiveness when used unnecessarily - especially during training.

Non verbal communication like facial expressions or gestures by the coach showing anger, frustration, acceptance, empathy, disapproval or pleasure can and do have an effect on swimmers during training and competition. Recent research concludes that young swimmers assume that non-verbal cues are more revealing of a coaches actual feelings and thoughts than words.

The implications for coaching are clear - what you do is far more important than what you say.

In the first three years of our life we learn to talk.

In the next three you learn to read and write.

How much time is spent teaching people to listen?

Learn this skill, then teach your staff and swimmers.

The coach must be a good listener, that is, being attentive to what is being said by the athlete. Individual needs of athletes must be taken into consideration.

The element of respect comes into play here, as the response by the coach will govern the way the athlete will approach you in the future. Every swimmer must receive feedback on technique and performance in every session.

A great coach will have developed their own standards and philosophies in regards to their chosen sport. They will have strong communication skills and be honest and approachable to athletes, parents and fellow coaches.

Knowledge and coaching experience, not necessarily sport specific, are generally very helpful. A great coach will have strong self-discipline and will install a discipline into team members. If a situation arises with a swimmer, they will go after the situation and not the individual. It is important that you discipline in private and reward in public. Make sure that you never bruise the dignity of the individual.

A coach should endeavour to reduce and minimise the need to discipline, by ensuring their programme includes fun, activity and learning. They will have the ability to teach as well as coach. Coaching styles do differ, so don't try to copy someone else.

The respected swimming coach will instill the highest desirable ideals and character traits into their swimmers. They have the responsibility for maintaining discipline throughout the training session and be self-confident, attentive, consistent, friendly, fair and competent. They should also be able to deal with initial treatment of minor injuries.

A great swimming coach will be very organised for each session, for the week, for the month, the year and be able to justify, if necessary why things are being done.

They will be able to create an environment were success is inevitable by instilling discipline & standards for athletes to observe and commit to. A great coach will have a high level of commitment and discipline and should be the nucleus of their swimming club. The Club's goals should parallel the coaching program and vice versa and it is important that coach provides what is needed for the club to be successful.

Open and regular communication with parents is vital. A great coach will be approachable for parents and listen to them, but in the end make their own decision. It is important that coaches watch the type of relationship that they have with parents as if they become friends and the coach needs to make a hard decision, then the coach will be in a compromised position.

Coaches also have a legal responsibility to provide a safe environment, ensure facilities and equipment are safe for both the users and others involved in competition and training. Safety in all sport should be the message that we must put into practice in our daily work as coaches. Swimming pools are a dangerous environment to work in and all necessary precautions should be taken for your pool to be safe.

Plan your training sessions carefully to ensure progression of your athletes and limit the risk of injury. Be confident in identifying exercises that are potentially dangerous (eg. Straight leg raises) and provide a safe substitute. Activities must be adequately planned. Impaired learning ability and injury may be the result of unplanned practice sessions.

Young athletes should not be mismatched. Young athletes should be matched not only according to age, but also height, weight and maturity. Skill levels and experience should also be considered.
Safe and proper equipment should be provided and equipment should be in good order and safe to use at all times.

Athletes must be warned of inherent risks of the sport. The participants can only legally accept the inherent risks of a sport if they know, understand and appreciate those risks.

Ensure that activities are closely supervised. Adequate supervision is necessary to ensure the practice environment is as safe as possible.

Coaches should know first aid. Coaches should have knowledge of basic emergency procedures and keep up to date on them.

Develop clear written rules for training and general conduct. Many injuries are the result of fooling around in change rooms and training venues.

Coaches should keep adequate records.
Adequate records are useful aids to planning and are essential in all cases of injury.

Expect the unexpected. Always renew your insurance cover well before it expires each year just in case you need it.

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Coaching is also one of those  Rosebank jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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DID YOU KNOW...

Yao Ming is an Chinese professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the NBA (National Basketball Association). Like Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Tracy Mc Grady (United States) and Luis Scola (Argentina), he is one of the best players in the world.

Liu Xiang won the gold medal in the men´s 110 meter hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He was the first Asian man to win an Olympic gold medal in track, and his victory in Greece was hailed in his country as a cultural leap forward because it ran counter to the stereotypes of what makes a great hurdler.At the medalist´s press conference following the men´s 110-meter hurdlers, Liu said: "My victory has proved that athletes with yellow skin can run as fast as those with black and white skin". He was born on July 13, 1983 in Shangai, China.

The Chinese delegation participated in the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney (Australia), and won 28 gold medals in such events as athletics, badminton, diving, gymnastics, judo, shooting, taekwondo, table tennis and weightlifting.

Kuoshu is the national sport in the People`s Republic of China.

Lang Ping played volleyball at the 1984 Summer Olympics for China. In the 1980s, she was the best volleyball player in the world. In 2004, she became the head coach of the USA women`s national volleyball team. "Lang Ping is an individual who has been uncommonly successful in every phase of her career as a player and a coach, and her accomplishments are unequaled," USA chief executive officer Doug Beal said. "She won every major event as a player for China during her career and was clearly the dominant player in the world in the 1980s." And she transitioned more seamlessly than almost anyone in volleyball history to her role as a coach, leading China to a silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and successfully coaching professionally in Italy for many years."

China sent 246 athletes to the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona (Spain). It participated in gymnastics, athletics, boxing, cycling, fencing, diving, judo, shooting, swimming, table tennis, archery, badminton, sailing, weightlifting, wrestling, modern pentathlon, basketball and volleyball. The People´s Republic of China finished 4th in the medal count, with 54 (16 gold), trailing the Unified Team (112), United States (108) and Germany (82).

The Chinese metropolis has hosted the 11th Asian Games in 1990. Over 6,122 athletes from more than 35 countries participated, along with 1,000 coaches. It was the largest multi-sport event in the Third World in 1990.

Beijing has hosted the 1990 FIVB Volleyball Women´s World Championship. It is the capital city of China.

The Asian country has had many famous sportswomen in the past century: Kuo-tuang Jung (table tennis), Lu Li (gymnastics), Chen Yueling (track and field), Fu Mingxia (diving), Zheng Meizhu (volleyball), Gao Min (diving), Haixia Zheng (basketball), Yang Xilan (volleyball), Zhuang Xiaoyan (judo), Hong Qian (swimming), Gu Jun (badminton), Chuang Tse-tung (table tennis), Wang Huifeng (fencing), Hsie-ting (table tennis), Wei Qiang (softball), Yong Zhuang (swimming), He Ying (archery), Ge Fei (badminton), Le Jingyi (swimming), Wang Junxia (track and field), Xu Yanmei (diving), Sun Fuming (judo), Li Duihong (shooting), Mo Huilan (gymnastics) and Qu Yunxia (athletics).

Zhu Jianhua was one of the most famous athletes in China and in Asia. He was an Olympic bronze medalist and former world record holder in the high jump.

The Chinese team won the women`s volleyball World Cup by defeating Cuba (3-1) in 1985. It was the 2d World Cup victory for the People`s Republic of China.

China did not participate at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, URSS (currently Russia).Many Chinese athletes -notably hurdler Tsu Lin, high jumper Ni Chih-chin, long jumper Hsia Chieh-ping, runner Sung Mei-hua, and volleyball players Liang Yan, Zhang Rongfang, Zhou Xiaolan and Zhu Ling- lost their Olympic opportunities.

Li Ning won three gymnastics gold medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California (USA). Like Nadia Comaneci (Romania) and Vitaly Scherbo (Belarus), he was one of the best gymnasts of the 20th century. Li Ning was born on September 8, 1963 in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China.

From 1993 to 1996, Wang Junxia was one of the greatest runners in China and Asia. She set three world records in 1993 (3,000- metre and 10,000-metre events). This year she won a gold medal in the 10,000 m at the World Championships in Stuggart (Germany). At the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta (Georgia,USA), she notified the world of her championships capabilities by winning the gold medal in the 5,000-meter race.

The Asian country won the silver medal in softball at the 1996 Olympic Games in the United States.

Diver Fu Mingxia won 5 gold medal at three successive Olympic Games: Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). She is an idol in her natal city of Wuhan, China.

Chuang Tse-tung was one of the best-known players in the history of table tennis (also known as ping pong). In the 1960s, she was an idol in the People´s Republic of China.

China has competed in the Winter Olympics 8 times and has won a total of 33 medals. It has more Olympic medals that Iceland, Hungary, Australia and Poland combined.

Michael Chang, who had won a Grand Slam, plans to open an academy for young players in China. He once said, "I have a wish, which is to contribute my experience accumulated from playing in world tournaments to the development of tennis in China".

China sent 219 athletes to the 1984 Olympic Games, which were held in Los Angeles, California, USA. The Chinese delegation had athletes competing in 16 sports: archery (6), athletics (22), basketball (22), canoeing (4), cycling (7), fencing (17), gymnastics(14), handball (15), wrestling (10), rowing (9), shooting (17), swimming (35), tennis (1), volleyball (22),weightlifting (10) and sailing (4).

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Coaching is also one of those  Johannesburg jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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Coaching in sport is becoming more and more difficult as we move into the 21st Century. While this article focuses on the swimming coach, the lessons learnt can be adapted to coaching in all sports. So what are the attributes of a great coach?

A coach will play a very important role in the lives of young swimmers. Their actions and attitudes help shape their view of the world and of themselves. For some children the coach will enter their world at a time when they may be striving to reduce their parents' influence. Children may look to you for considerable support either physically or psychologically. The potential to impact on young lives should not be off-putting.

A common mistake in young coaches is to assume that verbal communication is not only the best form of communication, but it's the only way to communicate. A further problem is that some coaches frequently talk too much. Verbal communication is vital; but it can lose some of its effectiveness when used unnecessarily - especially during training.

Non verbal communication like facial expressions or gestures by the coach showing anger, frustration, acceptance, empathy, disapproval or pleasure can and do have an effect on swimmers during training and competition. Recent research concludes that young swimmers assume that non-verbal cues are more revealing of a coaches actual feelings and thoughts than words.

The implications for coaching are clear - what you do is far more important than what you say.

In the first three years of our life we learn to talk.

In the next three you learn to read and write.

How much time is spent teaching people to listen?

Learn this skill, then teach your staff and swimmers.

The coach must be a good listener, that is, being attentive to what is being said by the athlete. Individual needs of athletes must be taken into consideration.

The element of respect comes into play here, as the response by the coach will govern the way the athlete will approach you in the future. Every swimmer must receive feedback on technique and performance in every session.

A great coach will have developed their own standards and philosophies in regards to their chosen sport. They will have strong communication skills and be honest and approachable to athletes, parents and fellow coaches.

Knowledge and coaching experience, not necessarily sport specific, are generally very helpful. A great coach will have strong self-discipline and will install a discipline into team members. If a situation arises with a swimmer, they will go after the situation and not the individual. It is important that you discipline in private and reward in public. Make sure that you never bruise the dignity of the individual.

A coach should endeavour to reduce and minimise the need to discipline, by ensuring their programme includes fun, activity and learning. They will have the ability to teach as well as coach. Coaching styles do differ, so don't try to copy someone else.

The respected swimming coach will instill the highest desirable ideals and character traits into their swimmers. They have the responsibility for maintaining discipline throughout the training session and be self-confident, attentive, consistent, friendly, fair and competent. They should also be able to deal with initial treatment of minor injuries.

A great swimming coach will be very organised for each session, for the week, for the month, the year and be able to justify, if necessary why things are being done.

They will be able to create an environment were success is inevitable by instilling discipline & standards for athletes to observe and commit to. A great coach will have a high level of commitment and discipline and should be the nucleus of their swimming club. The Club's goals should parallel the coaching program and vice versa and it is important that coach provides what is needed for the club to be successful.

Open and regular communication with parents is vital. A great coach will be approachable for parents and listen to them, but in the end make their own decision. It is important that coaches watch the type of relationship that they have with parents as if they become friends and the coach needs to make a hard decision, then the coach will be in a compromised position.

Coaches also have a legal responsibility to provide a safe environment, ensure facilities and equipment are safe for both the users and others involved in competition and training. Safety in all sport should be the message that we must put into practice in our daily work as coaches. Swimming pools are a dangerous environment to work in and all necessary precautions should be taken for your pool to be safe.

Plan your training sessions carefully to ensure progression of your athletes and limit the risk of injury. Be confident in identifying exercises that are potentially dangerous (eg. Straight leg raises) and provide a safe substitute. Activities must be adequately planned. Impaired learning ability and injury may be the result of unplanned practice sessions.

Young athletes should not be mismatched. Young athletes should be matched not only according to age, but also height, weight and maturity. Skill levels and experience should also be considered.
Safe and proper equipment should be provided and equipment should be in good order and safe to use at all times.

Athletes must be warned of inherent risks of the sport. The participants can only legally accept the inherent risks of a sport if they know, understand and appreciate those risks.

Ensure that activities are closely supervised. Adequate supervision is necessary to ensure the practice environment is as safe as possible.

Coaches should know first aid. Coaches should have knowledge of basic emergency procedures and keep up to date on them.

Develop clear written rules for training and general conduct. Many injuries are the result of fooling around in change rooms and training venues.

Coaches should keep adequate records.
Adequate records are useful aids to planning and are essential in all cases of injury.

Expect the unexpected. Always renew your insurance cover well before it expires each year just in case you need it.

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Pretoria Golf Coach

Coaching is also one of those  Pretoria jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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The best Business Coaches have eight attributes that define in everything that they do. These attributes define who you are as an Executive Coach. They are the context in which you work. To be successful, you need to incorporate these attributes throughout your practice. Each is inter-related, and the top Coaches balance all of them in their work.

Relationships. As a coach, you should strive to build positive business relationships with your clients. You do this by providing value to them, serving them, being the consummate professional, having total integrity, and standing for their success.

Outcomes. You focus on results. This may seem obvious, but it is not. Many managers focus on tasks to the point that they sometimes forget where they are going. You help them focus on the end result, on the powerful, compelling future that they want to create. Sometimes you have to balance relationships and outcomes. If you push too hard for outcomes, you hurt the relationship and come across as coercing. If you focus too much on the relationship, you won't achieve results, and will be perceived as too passive, as avoiding conflict.

Possibility. When others are stuck, mired in complaints and negativity, you create a sense of possibility. You are not unrealistic in what is possible, but your way of speaking and acting encourages people to keep pushing forward in the face of uncertainty and difficult challenges.

Stand for the client's commitment and potential. Think of yourself as your client's commitment and potential. That's who you are. You are a "stake in the ground" for what your client can be and do. If the client wavers, you do not, because you are his or her potential and commitment. You represent the client's most ambitious, noble, and inspiring goals.

Equal footing. You are on equal ground with your clients, no matter how wealthy, powerful, or accomplished they may be. You should be open, honest, and authentic about your reactions to the client's words and deeds. If they don't do what they say they will do, you have every right to "call them" on their behavior. This doesn't give you free reign to judge or preach, but you should feel comfortable speaking to your clients as an equal.

Dialogue. Coaching is not about lecturing. It happens through a dialogue with your clients. It is therefore essential to be sure that you have heard your clients, explored their issues, and tested your solutions with them.

Capacity. You are not working with your clients to just get it done. Rather, you want to help your clients improve their capabilities and performance over the long term. There are many ways to build capacity: letting the client reach their own conclusions and insights; serving as an example or role model; training and teaching; providing challenging assignments; or even following the medical school model of "see one, do one, teach one."

Street smarts. Finally, you have street smarts. You understand not just theory, but practical pathways to results. You have "been there and done that," and you have stories to share about your successes, failures, and creative ways to improve results with limited resources.

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Coaching is also one of those  Sandton jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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At the risk of sounding like a wimpy coach I am going to go the sport of Professional Basketball as a metaphor. Think that is a bad idea? Well at least I did not suggest Soccer...

Professional Basketball coaches have a defined strategy for substitution patterns. I am pretty sure I said strategy not seat of the pants execution. So, what is your strategy?

There are two types of decision that fall under this category. First, there are those decisions that might be decided before the actual game, and secondly those that arise during the course of a game.

Before the game the Coach needs to decide the parameters of the substitution strategies. Questions that the Head Coach and all the Assistants Coaches need to determine might be a little more complex than you might initially expect. The Game is going to be hectic enough without compounding the confusion with disagreements or differences of opinion while the game is going on. These can only deteriorate the player's trust in the Coaching Staff.

1. Which Coach or Coaches on the bench will make substitutions?

a. Most HS Teams do not have a unique coach for the box like many college programs have. Identifying who will send in the lines as well as unique position players is key for your bench organization, substituting on "the fly" is acceptable, while coaching "on the fly is not."

2. Are we going to substitute as units or lines or as individual players?

a. This is not as simple as you might expect. Many Coaches have moved away from rigid substitutions of middie lines with the advent of LSM players as well as defensive midfielders. Maybe you are a high school program that does not have a pure three-man defensive midfield, but possibly you might have a strong athlete, not great with the stick who could possibly be an effective rider or defensive midfielder when combined with a LSM and the best midfielder on a line. Or possibly when you substitute your fifth Attack player or fifth defender you want to have them play with two of the starters.

3. What is your priority for a lot of players playing in the game?

a. It has always been my strategy to play all or as many players as possible in each game. But the strategy might surprise you. I like to substitute most of the Bench in the first quarter, and predominantly in the first half. I learned this lesson by watching the kid's body language on the bench as an observer rather than as a coach. Actually, one year I had to play many freshmen and sophomores and once we get over the initial "Deer in the Headlights" phase it will be OK.

b. Players that expect to have a good chance of playing in the game practice significantly harder and are far better at paying close attention in practice. Not to mention they will be significantly more prepared (since a lot of it is mental anyway) should you need them due to injury issues.

c. Players that have played even 30 seconds to a minute or two in the first half are aggressive, engaged vocal supporters for the rest of the game.

d. Once the starters realize this shift in your culture as well as realize they are going back in the game in a moment or two, they too become engaged with the younger or less experienced players.

e. It sure changes the weight of the terms "Team" and "we".

Finally, as the Head Coach I might strongly suggest that both you as well as the Assistants are CLEARLY on the same page. The day before the game take a few moments to discuss as a coaching unit who might be earning a little more playing time and have a definitive strategy for making that happen.

So often Coaches get to the end of the game and did not have an opportunity to give players the time they had expected to give. And then more often than not have a tendency to get defensive about the decisions or lack of substitutions. Has this happened to you?

The game is far too hectic, make a plan, and then make a plan to implement the plan. Or ask an Assistant to make sure to remind you in the first quarter of the plan. Getting these types of substitutions out of the way in the first half takes a lot of pressure off you as a Coach, and reduces the player's anxieties about "Will I play?" off the table as well. After three or four games you might find you had more 'players' than you expected.

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Coaching is also one of those  Randburg jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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The Dodgers had a breakfast a couple of weeks ago to tell their story about off-season moves and the team they'll put on the field for 2005. I was there to listen to the new owner, Frank McCourt, the general manager, Paul DePodesta, Hall of Famer, Tommy Lasorda, and the Dodgers' manager, Jim Tracy. They told a good story about the Dodgers and what their plans are, but the most interesting aspect to me was something that was said and its application to teaching kids about sports and ultimately, life.

After the presentation was finished, people from the crowd were allowed to ask questions. One guy asked about Milton Bradley and the Dodgers' thoughts on the negative example that he sets as a role model for high school and younger ballplayers. You may remember, Mr. Bradley has not always been a shining example of good sportsmanship and is currently undergoing anger management counseling as a result. To a person, each of the four Dodgers representatives, while acknowledging that there had been problems, defended Milton Bradley as a great guy who is often misunderstood; as a member of the Dodgers family, he deserves a second chance and that everybody really does like him as a person.

The Concept of Perfection

To me the most interesting comments came from Jim Tracy. Not only did the Dodgers' manager say that Bradley is somebody he loves working with, he said he is an ever better player to manage because he is a "perfectionist". I'm paraphrasing, but Tracy basically said that he loves Milton's attitude because he never thinks he should make an out when he's at the plate and he doesn't feel like there is ever a ball he can't catch in the outfield. He expects and demands that he will be "perfect" every pitch, every out, every inning, of every game. After the meeting, I talked to Jim Tracy about this idea of "perfect" as it applies to kids.

What we talked about was perfection: how is it good for a ballplayer, especially a child, to expect to be perfect? More so in baseball, where failure is the expected norm; failing 7 out of 10 times makes you a star. Everybody swings and misses. The best players in the world regularly walk in runs, and errors are made almost every game. Why is perfect the right goal? Jim Tracy had to leave before we had a chance to finish the conversation, but it did get me thinking about the goals and attitude we should teach our SportsKids.

The Right Attitude - It's about Control

Why would anybody ever tell there kids to be perfect? Michael Jordan once said: "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Babe Ruth had the record for strike outs in a career until his record was broken by another Hall of Fame member of the 500 HR club, Reggie Jackson. Nobody is perfect!

If you can't be perfect, what is the right goal? In his fantastic book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey talks about being "response-able" for your actions. In sports and in life there are so many things that are completely out of our control, but we individually have the ability to choose our responses to each situation - positive and negative. In essence, you can't control the actions of anybody else or the results; only yourself. Consequently, the focus has to be on what you can control.

Surprisingly, my 5 and 6 year old basketball team that I coach had the answers. Since I was thinking about Milton Bradley and perfection, I decided to ask some of the kids their thoughts on the subject. First, each of them is afraid of different things playing sports. Some didn't want to miss a shot, get a rebound off their head, make a bad pass or lose the game. So we talked about Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Kobe Bryant and others and how they made mistakes too. It became very liberating for them to realize that they didn't need to do everything perfect to be a good basketball player.

The more we talked, the better the kids started to feel about themselves. Realizing that you don't have to be perfect is a good thing, but does that conflict with what Jim Tracy said was so great about Milton Bradley: expecting to get a hit every time at bat and to catch every fly ball? Not necessarily if the focus shifts from being perfect to doing what you can control. While my older teams that I coach focused on the "results" of actions, it was again the 5 and 6 year old kids who did a great job in helping me understand what elements of a game can be controlled:

1. Fundamentals - there is no reason that every kid can't learn to do things the right way. If the coach can teach a kid to perform with proper fundamentals the results will follow. The emphasis here has to be on first, the coach learning the right things to teach, and then, insisting that the kids do it correctly. Remember: Practice makes Permanent!

2. Focus - Every kid can think and have their head in the game. Even the kid who can't make a basket can be in the right place all the time.

3. Hustle - Do your best and put out the most effort that you can on every play. Every coach should be working on kids to hustle, play hard and put out effort - not on results.

4. Teamwork - This plays into focus as well, but working with your teammates is something that every player can do, control, and excel at.

5. Sportsmanship - There is never any reason to not be a good sport. This year, I've seen far too many kids saying "bad game" instead of congratulating the other team on their effort. Be a good sport - always!

Measuring Your Results

At the end of each game, ask the kids to evaluate their individual and team performance. You'd be surprised at their own understanding of how they did. Don't spend time on performance measurement, but on the non scorebook things that the kids can control. We can't control the results of our actions, but if we work on everything we can control, we won't be perfect, but we will be the best we can be.

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Coaching is also one of those  Fourways jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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At the risk of sounding like a wimpy coach I am going to go the sport of Professional Basketball as a metaphor. Think that is a bad idea? Well at least I did not suggest Soccer...

Professional Basketball coaches have a defined strategy for substitution patterns. I am pretty sure I said strategy not seat of the pants execution. So, what is your strategy?

There are two types of decision that fall under this category. First, there are those decisions that might be decided before the actual game, and secondly those that arise during the course of a game.

Before the game the Coach needs to decide the parameters of the substitution strategies. Questions that the Head Coach and all the Assistants Coaches need to determine might be a little more complex than you might initially expect. The Game is going to be hectic enough without compounding the confusion with disagreements or differences of opinion while the game is going on. These can only deteriorate the player's trust in the Coaching Staff.

1. Which Coach or Coaches on the bench will make substitutions?

a. Most HS Teams do not have a unique coach for the box like many college programs have. Identifying who will send in the lines as well as unique position players is key for your bench organization, substituting on "the fly" is acceptable, while coaching "on the fly is not."

2. Are we going to substitute as units or lines or as individual players?

a. This is not as simple as you might expect. Many Coaches have moved away from rigid substitutions of middie lines with the advent of LSM players as well as defensive midfielders. Maybe you are a high school program that does not have a pure three-man defensive midfield, but possibly you might have a strong athlete, not great with the stick who could possibly be an effective rider or defensive midfielder when combined with a LSM and the best midfielder on a line. Or possibly when you substitute your fifth Attack player or fifth defender you want to have them play with two of the starters.

3. What is your priority for a lot of players playing in the game?

a. It has always been my strategy to play all or as many players as possible in each game. But the strategy might surprise you. I like to substitute most of the Bench in the first quarter, and predominantly in the first half. I learned this lesson by watching the kid's body language on the bench as an observer rather than as a coach. Actually, one year I had to play many freshmen and sophomores and once we get over the initial "Deer in the Headlights" phase it will be OK.

b. Players that expect to have a good chance of playing in the game practice significantly harder and are far better at paying close attention in practice. Not to mention they will be significantly more prepared (since a lot of it is mental anyway) should you need them due to injury issues.

c. Players that have played even 30 seconds to a minute or two in the first half are aggressive, engaged vocal supporters for the rest of the game.

d. Once the starters realize this shift in your culture as well as realize they are going back in the game in a moment or two, they too become engaged with the younger or less experienced players.

e. It sure changes the weight of the terms "Team" and "we".

Finally, as the Head Coach I might strongly suggest that both you as well as the Assistants are CLEARLY on the same page. The day before the game take a few moments to discuss as a coaching unit who might be earning a little more playing time and have a definitive strategy for making that happen.

So often Coaches get to the end of the game and did not have an opportunity to give players the time they had expected to give. And then more often than not have a tendency to get defensive about the decisions or lack of substitutions. Has this happened to you?

The game is far too hectic, make a plan, and then make a plan to implement the plan. Or ask an Assistant to make sure to remind you in the first quarter of the plan. Getting these types of substitutions out of the way in the first half takes a lot of pressure off you as a Coach, and reduces the player's anxieties about "Will I play?" off the table as well. After three or four games you might find you had more 'players' than you expected.

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Football
Football is a very popular competitive team sport. The object of this game is to score more points than the other team. You can score points various ways like carrying the ball over the goal line, running with the ball over the goal line, catching a pass while standing behind the goal line and many more ways. Whoever has the most points wins the game. The ball is an oval shaped ball. The game is played on a grass field that is 360 feet by 160 feet. The field is separated by many lines for game play. Each team typically plays with 11 players each on the field.

Baseball
Another competitive team played sport is baseball. This one is played with a bat and a small hard ball. The team with the most points wins the games. Points are calculated by how many players have crossed home plate. One team bats while the other team pitches and plays outfield. After so many strikes, they switch places. The field is diamond shape and made up with grass and dirt. There are 9 players on each team.

Softball
Softball is a lot like baseball. It is played with a bat and a softer version of the baseball. Softball uses the same field as baseball does and has the same rules although softball often has additional bases called safe bases. Safe bases are so the first baseman and the runner do not collide with one another during game play. You will typically see these bases in children's softball and women's softball games. Points are also calculated by how many players have crossed home plate. After so many strikes, the teams switch places from outfield to batting.

Basketball
This is also a competitive team sport. Played with a large round ball and a hoop or a basket. The object of this game is to get the ball into the hoop more times than the other team. Each time the ball goes into the hoop points are scored. The value of points depends on where the player is standing when they shoot the ball into the hoop. The court is a solid flat ground with baskets or hoops on each end. There are different size courts depending on who is playing. Regulation court size is 94 feet by 50 feet.

Soccer
Soccer is a competitive team played game. This game is played with a ball that is round and big and two goal nets, one on each end of the field. The object of this game is to score more points than the other team. You score points by kicking the ball into your opponent's goal net. You are not allowed to use any hands in this game with the exception of the goalkeeper which is the person who guards the goal net. There are 22 players on the field at one time. The field is varied in length from 50 yards to 120 yards, depending on who is playing and what regulations they are using.

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Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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The Chinese delegation participated in the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney (Australia), and won 28 gold medals in such events as athletics, badminton, diving, gymnastics, judo, shooting, taekwondo, table tennis and weightlifting.

Kuoshu is the national sport in the People`s Republic of China.

Lang Ping played volleyball at the 1984 Summer Olympics for China. In the 1980s, she was the best volleyball player in the world. In 2004, she became the head coach of the USA women`s national volleyball team. "Lang Ping is an individual who has been uncommonly successful in every phase of her career as a player and a coach, and her accomplishments are unequaled," USA chief executive officer Doug Beal said. "She won every major event as a player for China during her career and was clearly the dominant player in the world in the 1980s." And she transitioned more seamlessly than almost anyone in volleyball history to her role as a coach, leading China to a silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and successfully coaching professionally in Italy for many years."

China sent 246 athletes to the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona (Spain). It participated in gymnastics, athletics, boxing, cycling, fencing, diving, judo, shooting, swimming, table tennis, archery, badminton, sailing, weightlifting, wrestling, modern pentathlon, basketball and volleyball. The People´s Republic of China finished 4th in the medal count, with 54 (16 gold), trailing the Unified Team (112), United States (108) and Germany (82).

The Chinese metropolis has hosted the 11th Asian Games in 1990. Over 6,122 athletes from more than 35 countries participated, along with 1,000 coaches. It was the largest multi-sport event in the Third World in 1990.

Beijing has hosted the 1990 FIVB Volleyball Women´s World Championship. It is the capital city of China.

The Asian country has had many famous sportswomen in the past century: Kuo-tuang Jung (table tennis), Lu Li (gymnastics), Chen Yueling (track and field), Fu Mingxia (diving), Zheng Meizhu (volleyball), Gao Min (diving), Haixia Zheng (basketball), Yang Xilan (volleyball), Zhuang Xiaoyan (judo), Hong Qian (swimming), Gu Jun (badminton), Chuang Tse-tung (table tennis), Wang Huifeng (fencing), Hsie-ting (table tennis), Wei Qiang (softball), Yong Zhuang (swimming), He Ying (archery), Ge Fei (badminton), Le Jingyi (swimming), Wang Junxia (track and field), Xu Yanmei (diving), Sun Fuming (judo), Li Duihong (shooting), Mo Huilan (gymnastics) and Qu Yunxia (athletics).

Zhu Jianhua was one of the most famous athletes in China and in Asia. He was an Olympic bronze medalist and former world record holder in the high jump.

The Chinese team won the women`s volleyball World Cup by defeating Cuba (3-1) in 1985. It was the 2d World Cup victory for the People`s Republic of China.

China did not participate at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, URSS (currently Russia).Many Chinese athletes -notably hurdler Tsu Lin, high jumper Ni Chih-chin, long jumper Hsia Chieh-ping, runner Sung Mei-hua, and volleyball players Liang Yan, Zhang Rongfang, Zhou Xiaolan and Zhu Ling- lost their Olympic opportunities.

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Chuang Tse-tung was one of the best-known players in the history of table tennis (also known as ping pong). In the 1960s, she was an idol in the People´s Republic of China.

China has competed in the Winter Olympics 8 times and has won a total of 33 medals. It has more Olympic medals that Iceland, Hungary, Australia and Poland combined.

Michael Chang, who had won a Grand Slam, plans to open an academy for young players in China. He once said, "I have a wish, which is to contribute my experience accumulated from playing in world tournaments to the development of tennis in China".

China sent 219 athletes to the 1984 Olympic Games, which were held in Los Angeles, California, USA. The Chinese delegation had athletes competing in 16 sports: archery (6), athletics (22), basketball (22), canoeing (4), cycling (7), fencing (17), gymnastics(14), handball (15), wrestling (10), rowing (9), shooting (17), swimming (35), tennis (1), volleyball (22),weightlifting (10) and sailing (4).

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Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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Yao Ming is an Chinese professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the NBA (National Basketball Association). Like Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Tracy Mc Grady (United States) and Luis Scola (Argentina), he is one of the best players in the world.

Liu Xiang won the gold medal in the men´s 110 meter hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He was the first Asian man to win an Olympic gold medal in track, and his victory in Greece was hailed in his country as a cultural leap forward because it ran counter to the stereotypes of what makes a great hurdler.At the medalist´s press conference following the men´s 110-meter hurdlers, Liu said: "My victory has proved that athletes with yellow skin can run as fast as those with black and white skin". He was born on July 13, 1983 in Shangai, China.

The Chinese delegation participated in the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney (Australia), and won 28 gold medals in such events as athletics, badminton, diving, gymnastics, judo, shooting, taekwondo, table tennis and weightlifting.

Kuoshu is the national sport in the People`s Republic of China.

Lang Ping played volleyball at the 1984 Summer Olympics for China. In the 1980s, she was the best volleyball player in the world. In 2004, she became the head coach of the USA women`s national volleyball team. "Lang Ping is an individual who has been uncommonly successful in every phase of her career as a player and a coach, and her accomplishments are unequaled," USA chief executive officer Doug Beal said. "She won every major event as a player for China during her career and was clearly the dominant player in the world in the 1980s." And she transitioned more seamlessly than almost anyone in volleyball history to her role as a coach, leading China to a silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and successfully coaching professionally in Italy for many years."

China sent 246 athletes to the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona (Spain). It participated in gymnastics, athletics, boxing, cycling, fencing, diving, judo, shooting, swimming, table tennis, archery, badminton, sailing, weightlifting, wrestling, modern pentathlon, basketball and volleyball. The People´s Republic of China finished 4th in the medal count, with 54 (16 gold), trailing the Unified Team (112), United States (108) and Germany (82).

The Chinese metropolis has hosted the 11th Asian Games in 1990. Over 6,122 athletes from more than 35 countries participated, along with 1,000 coaches. It was the largest multi-sport event in the Third World in 1990.

Beijing has hosted the 1990 FIVB Volleyball Women´s World Championship. It is the capital city of China.

The Asian country has had many famous sportswomen in the past century: Kuo-tuang Jung (table tennis), Lu Li (gymnastics), Chen Yueling (track and field), Fu Mingxia (diving), Zheng Meizhu (volleyball), Gao Min (diving), Haixia Zheng (basketball), Yang Xilan (volleyball), Zhuang Xiaoyan (judo), Hong Qian (swimming), Gu Jun (badminton), Chuang Tse-tung (table tennis), Wang Huifeng (fencing), Hsie-ting (table tennis), Wei Qiang (softball), Yong Zhuang (swimming), He Ying (archery), Ge Fei (badminton), Le Jingyi (swimming), Wang Junxia (track and field), Xu Yanmei (diving), Sun Fuming (judo), Li Duihong (shooting), Mo Huilan (gymnastics) and Qu Yunxia (athletics).

Zhu Jianhua was one of the most famous athletes in China and in Asia. He was an Olympic bronze medalist and former world record holder in the high jump.

The Chinese team won the women`s volleyball World Cup by defeating Cuba (3-1) in 1985. It was the 2d World Cup victory for the People`s Republic of China.

China did not participate at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, URSS (currently Russia).Many Chinese athletes -notably hurdler Tsu Lin, high jumper Ni Chih-chin, long jumper Hsia Chieh-ping, runner Sung Mei-hua, and volleyball players Liang Yan, Zhang Rongfang, Zhou Xiaolan and Zhu Ling- lost their Olympic opportunities.

Li Ning won three gymnastics gold medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California (USA). Like Nadia Comaneci (Romania) and Vitaly Scherbo (Belarus), he was one of the best gymnasts of the 20th century. Li Ning was born on September 8, 1963 in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China.

From 1993 to 1996, Wang Junxia was one of the greatest runners in China and Asia. She set three world records in 1993 (3,000- metre and 10,000-metre events). This year she won a gold medal in the 10,000 m at the World Championships in Stuggart (Germany). At the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta (Georgia,USA), she notified the world of her championships capabilities by winning the gold medal in the 5,000-meter race.

The Asian country won the silver medal in softball at the 1996 Olympic Games in the United States.

Diver Fu Mingxia won 5 gold medal at three successive Olympic Games: Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). She is an idol in her natal city of Wuhan, China.

Chuang Tse-tung was one of the best-known players in the history of table tennis (also known as ping pong). In the 1960s, she was an idol in the People´s Republic of China.

China has competed in the Winter Olympics 8 times and has won a total of 33 medals. It has more Olympic medals that Iceland, Hungary, Australia and Poland combined.

Michael Chang, who had won a Grand Slam, plans to open an academy for young players in China. He once said, "I have a wish, which is to contribute my experience accumulated from playing in world tournaments to the development of tennis in China".

China sent 219 athletes to the 1984 Olympic Games, which were held in Los Angeles, California, USA. The Chinese delegation had athletes competing in 16 sports: archery (6), athletics (22), basketball (22), canoeing (4), cycling (7), fencing (17), gymnastics(14), handball (15), wrestling (10), rowing (9), shooting (17), swimming (35), tennis (1), volleyball (22),weightlifting (10) and sailing (4).

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