In any organized team sport, the head coach of the team, at any competition level, has an important job to do that is very multi-faceted.
Two of the most fundamental facets of a head coach’s job is to help find talented players and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. These components are vital because they come into play when the head coach and his or her staff are deciding how prospective players add key ingredients to what many head coaches want: A winning team.
Once prospective players make the transition to become members of the team, one of the first things they have to learn is the system the team uses to compete in every single game. The players have to study the playbook and engage in regular activities that are associated with the game preparation, such as organized practice drills.
Over the course of the game preparation process, head coaches and staff members have to observe the players, learn the things the players do well, correct the things they do not do well, and put them in positions to win games by giving them the opportunity to utilize the skills they have during games to help the team succeed.
One way to observe players is to gauge how they react to challenging physical situations, which can occur in real games when playing against teams that pride themselves on athletic prowess. Observing these situations will not only help coaches determine a player’s physical toughness but their mental toughness as well.
Observing mental toughness is done effectively when coaches know what to look for in a disciplined player, such leadership ability, poise under pressure, and adaptability when changes to a gameplan have to be made in adverse situations when the team is losing its competitive edge.
Progress can be made even in the most challenging situations when teams are not playing their best. Another key part of a head coach’s job is to communicate such progress to players in good and bad times. Communicating progress to players takes charisma. The coaches must motivate their players in a way that garners respect.
The coaches must also get their players to trust them, as well as their fellow players. Finally, communicating progress to players must be done in a way that gives them a realistic sense of accomplishment that keeps them grounded in the guidelines of a winning team culture.