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The top qualities of a good sports coach

Management Written by: Karl Demers June 2014
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As manager of a sports team, you will absolutely need to find an excellent coach for your players. Indeed, you will need someone who will motivate your troops and take out the best of every single one of your players in order to lead your team to victory.
However, you may find it difficult to find the best coach and that’s why we decided to draw up this short list of the most important features and qualities of the ideal sports coach to consider when searching for the best possible coach. They will become important pillars and help you improve your sports team management.

Great training

Obviously, it’s not enough to practice a sport to be able to develop adequate training programs, just as it is not enough to know how to breathe to be a pneumologist. Make sure that the person you want to hire has the best sports coach qualifications and all the required qualifications (university degree, first aid training, ANIE certifications, or any other qualifications relevant to the team and type of sport played) to act as a coach and to be a member of recognized associations such as the Coaching Association of Canada.

Indeed, it’s better to hire a competent professional with whom the players will be in good hands. In addition, some sports federations impose standards for the training of coaches, so it’s advisable to inform yourself before leaving in search of the ideal candidate.

The well being of the team and respect before anything

A good coach always puts the well-being of his players before performance. He knows when to remove an athlete from the game and when to take a break to avoid over-training.

An exemplary coach respects the limits of his players and always takes their emotions into consideration. He knows how to adapt his interventions to the individual and how to motivate his athletes according to their personality and what drives them. He shows patience and puts his team’s goals ahead of his own.

Knows how to teach and loves learning

The ideal contender knows the best sports coaching techniques, how to teach them, and how to communicate effectively. He sets specific and realistic goals, expresses himself clearly and ensures that all players easily understand the concepts that he teaches. He must also be flexible and listen to his players to adapt his training plan according to their strengths and weaknesses.

The desire to improve

You’ll have to find someone who not only loves to teach but also loves to learn. The person you are looking for must have up-to-date training and be constantly looking for new training techniques or new knowledge related to sports nutrition and sports psychology. A good coach always wants to get better in order to give the best possible training to his athletes.

Is a leader

Finally, every coach must lead by example, work hard to achieve a goal, and adhere to the values of his or her sports team. This means showing team spirit, respecting referees and opponents, and above all, staying positive despite the difficult moments. At all costs, the candidate you are looking for must be passionate about his or her sport and somehow have the sacred fire, feel the need to communicate his or her love of sport, and be ready to follow his or her athletes and accompany them throughout their sporting life.

Karl Demers

Karl Demers is the founder of MonClubSportif. From an early age, Karl has been passionate about sports, whether it's soccer, baseball, field hockey, volleyball... and the list goes on. To combine business with pleasure, Karl has been passing on his passion for 8 years now through the blogs he writes and the information he shares to simplify the lives of sports enthusiasts like himself.
Karl Demers

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