22 October 2012
The Effects of Coaches in Sports
Many people have seen sports on television, whether it is a Super Bowl game, the NBA Finals, or the World Series. After the last out or the time has expired, confetti showers the winning team and reporters flood the field or court to rush to the superstar players to congratulate them on their win. However, many times the most important player on the team is overlooked; the coach. The coach is an essential component of a sports teams’ success.
When I entered high school, interscholastic sports became much more competitive, thus demanding more effort and skill of myself. But it is very difficult to further yourself physically when there is no guidance or motivation. I have had the experience of being taught by two very different types of coaches, thus validating the fact that the right coach really does make a difference in the success of a team.
I always dreaded the time that baseball season came around for many reasons. One, I knew more about baseball than my coach did and that was made evident because he would put me in charge of many of the duties that are a coach’s responsibility. I would run drills during practice, assign positions to the players on the team, and when it came time to play a game, I would create the batting order. Our team was not good what so ever and our record proved it. We lacked the guidance needed to be a successful ball team.
As a result, because there was a lack of instruction there was a lack of motivation. Because of the lack of motivation, it resulted in players not showing up to practices, which meant players were not prepared for games. This was very frustrating for those who were giving it their all because there was no pay off. This method of leadership brought about the lack of dedication in players and the lack of respect. Billy Strean, a professor in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation,...