Taking on the role of a sports coach is taking on a powerful leadership role.

 

You will have an impact on people whether you choose to or not. You only get a choice in it being positive or negative. 

The yelling, fist-thumping coach thinks nothing of intimidating or humiliating. It goes with the turf.

This coach reckons it gets results. It doesn’t.

Importantly, this coach is messaging others that there is nothing wrong with screaming abuse at the opposition, referees, their own players and kids too.

 

Coaches committed to building a culture of respect do things differently – and they achieve greater success. 

They set a completely different tone through composure and consideration.

They communicate sincerely and constructively with everyone in and around the club.

They treat everyone fairly, welcoming of all comers.

They’re powerful role models, inspiring others to follow their lead.

People remember these coaches. They’re impact is positive, and life-long.

Being an AWESOME Club Respect coach

  • A. Alignment of values

    You’re a key influencer in the development of a club culture of respect, safety, fun and success.

    As such, you seriously commit to your club values – no half measures, no tokenism.

    • Practice them every step of the way through your attitudes, actions and language.
    • Show players the way to modelling these values; don’t demand they align their behavior. It won’t work.
    • Challenge the club values if you believe they can be improved.
  • W. Working well with others

    Successful coaches know how to bring out the best in people.

    They understand that you get more from people through positive relationships than you do through yelling and abuse.

    Ensure you’re:
    • Focused on rewarding positive actions of players
    • Providing constructive feedback about errors rather than criticising or abusing players
    • Assisting other volunteers with their roles
    • Working positively to influence parents and spectators
    • Showing respect towards referees and officials.
  • E. Effective communication

    Respectful and clear communication is key to your success.

    You may have a great knowledge of the game, but if you’re not communicating effectively and respectfully, your success is limited.

    Ensure you’re:
    • Language matches the age and stage of your players
    • Always communicating your messages with patience and clarity
    • Tailoring your communications to match the different needs and demands of people in different contexts 
    • Listening and acting on feedback.
  • S. Success judged (the right way!)

    Great coaches are judged by many success measures. Winning is only one of them and by no means the grandest.

    Success is measured by:
    • Celebrating when your players perform well and show improvement on the field
    • Including and respecting the diverse backgrounds and needs of your players
    • Seeing all your players grow, as players and as people 
    • Listening to feedback, implementing changes, and monitoring outcomes 
    • Preparedness to try new skills and methods
    • Encouraging teamwork ahead of individual flair
    • Assisting the team to reach its full potential
    • Your own capacity to learn and grow as a coach and an individual.
  • O. Ownership

    Take responsibility for your contribution to the team and club culture.

    Enjoy the rewards of success and accept the consequences when things go wrong.

    • Understand and accept the full weight of the responsibilities that go with your role.
    • Be prepared to be held accountable for your actions and decisions.
    • Help players to accept accountability for their actions and decisions.
    • Embrace mistakes (yours and others) as opportunities for learning.
  • M. Modelling

    Whether you like it or not, people notice how you perform your role and both younger and older folks are taking cues from you on what’s appropriate.

    So, you need to be placing as much importance on your language, attitudes and actions as your game day tactics.

    • Communicate respectfully
    • Don’t pass the buck 
    • Treat all players equally
    • Be gracious in defeat
    • Win with humility.
  • E. Equality and Fairness

    Bring out the best in all of your players regardless of their gender, different cultural backgrounds, family circumstances and temperaments.

    • Have the same positive expectations of all your players.
    • Give each player the same opportunities for growth, improvement and success.
    • Ensure equal access to your time and club facilities for all players.