Today’s tip is for the coaches out there, who aren’t coaching on purpose, you know who you are. You have two choices here, do something else or step up your game and get committed to being the best coach that you can be. Yeah, I forgot, you owe it to the game.
I have been coaching for 18 years now and can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing with my life, tennis is a my passion, so when you find your passion, it should show to anyone who watches you coach. This is what is missing in todays coaching, I’m also on a mission to correct it, I will be giving seminars for coaches in the future in the US and Canada for coaches, so keep a eye out for them.
The goal of a tennis coach is to connect with his players and parents and then stay connected with them by having a open and honest relationship with them while they are you clients, never do anything to put that at risk,ever. Commit 100% to your students, thats means you are giving them everything you have to make sure they reach their goals.
In this developing process, focus on building character in your players, tennis does reveal how much or lack of it that we have in us, just go to work on building theirs up as soon as possible. You can start by helping them develop a positive attitude and a self-belief system that can’t be questioned. I say this all the time, thats the foundation for all the player out there, so it has to be solid.
I give my players positive books to read often to feed their heads, and then I ask them to keep a journal to write down everything that is happening in with their tennis game, this is for their eyes only, so they can be very honest in their writing. What this does is it expand their thinking and purify their thoughts, which is very powerful at the end of the day. Thats why they have to keep a record of their daily progress.
Coaching tennis is learning something new about the game everyday, so that you can use it to make yourself a better coach daily, lead by example, stay positive no matter what happens during the season. This alone has impacted my coaching career and the same can happen for you. But you have to make sure that you are coaching on purpose(ask yourself would you like to be doing anything else instead of coaching), then go from there.
Now is the time to decide what you are going to do, it all start with commitment!
I watch a lot of coaches just going through the motions out there here in japan and abroad, thats not good for the game or YOU! The answer to the above question can direct your future, its up to you to answer it, for once just get serious about your coaching career.