πŸ† 7 Mistakes Coaches Make

Coaching is not easy. Mistakes can be made that will hurt your team or your ability to influence your team.

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7 Mistakes Coaches Can Make

Coaching is not an easy gig.

Mistakes can easily be made that will hurt your team or your ability to influence your team.

What are the most common mistakes?

I am sure there are plenty, and I know I have made many.

I have narrowed it down to 7 mistakes coaches can make that will hurt their ability to influence the team.

As coaches, we should all reflect on these throughout our season. Share them with your assistants. Talk about them in the off-season.

Constant reflection is the key.

Here are 7 Mistakes Coaches Can Make...

1. You don't remember "Why" you coach - This is a big one. It is easy to get caught up in the moment. It is easy to get hung up on only thinking about winning…until you start losing. Remembering your "why" helps keep things in perspective. It gets you through the tough times as a coach. Check out the 7 Reasons WHY Coaches Coach here. I wrote about it in January.

2. Unclear role definition - For me, this is one of the biggest mistakes coaches make. And it is a critical part of being a coach. Players want to know where they stand, what a coach expects, and their role on the team. When you lead a group and do not communicate their roles, animosity builds. Most players can accept their role IF they know it. I talked about playing time and role definition a few months ago. Check it out to dig deeper into the importance of defining roles.

3. Not leading by example - As coaches, we must always remember that our example matters greatly. Coaches must lead themselves first. If you cannot lead yourself, how do you expect your players to meet your expectations? Your players will follow your lead. Setting the tone as a leader is critical.

4. No plan to build leaders - Player-led teams win. As a coach, you can either hope and wish for team leaders, or you can try to develop and build them systemically. When things go sour in a season, it almost always comes back to a poor culture or a lack of player leadership. Focus on building your leaders. Develop a plan. This is exactly why I created the Team Leader OS. To create a systemic way to develop team leaders year after year.

5. Ignoring team dynamics - Team dynamics are tricky. There are so many dynamics that occur behind the scenes, which is why team leaders matter so much. A coach cannot be everywhere, but he or she needs to know the heartbeat of the team. When things happen, and they do not get addressed, the culture suffers. A slow drip occurs. This drip will sabotage and hurt your team. You are what you allow. Address things that affect team dynamics.

6. Failing to communicate effectively - Always remember this as a coach: "Where there is a void in communication, negativity will fill it." Coaches should "overcommunicate" with players, parents, and administration. When you do not control the message, someone else will, and it will hurt your team.

7. Being disorganized - Finally, "organization shows competence." It shows people that you know your stuff. It shows you know the game. Why is this important? For when things DON'T go well. If you have a rocky season and are incredibly organized and communicate well, people will still trust in your leadership. Remember, true leadership always surfaces in tough times, not easy ones, and trust matters.

Summary:

As coaches, we must reflect. Always remember that culture is built each and every day.

Reflect on these 7 mistakes coaches can make and ensure you or your assistants do not fall in the trap!

Good luck!

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