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Style or Philosophy

Angel

10-12-12

What is the philosophy of a coach? Where does it come from and how do you develop it? Why do we need it? And what is "coaching style?" All these questions are related to a coach's performance and direction.

Style and Philosophy are two different things, but closely related; they complement each other. The philosophy of a coach dictates his coaching style. Philosophy is a guide that gives direction and balance - itis what he stands on when making tough and important decisions. Is a compass, it gives direction.

Where does it come from and how is it developed? It comes from and is developed from past experiences, both lived and observed, on and off the playing field; from values and beliefs that have been learned day by day. To this we add what you are looking for - goals and objectives, short and long term.

For me, the coaching philosophy is always evolving, growing. But the core of it is always the same - to teachlife skills and develop self-esteem.The wins, the victories are a consequence, a by-product. They happen by adding a number of individual factors, that when taught and practiced together with the above mentioned, you get positive results in the long run.

For example, working together for a common goal even when they don't see things eye to eye, the importance of sacrifice and hard work.To know the meaning of "paying the price," to see problems or obstacles as opportunities to grow and get stronger, and to learn how to embrace adversity.

This is why sports are so important to complement education and the complete development of the individual.To fall and to stand back up, all these little details should be part of a coaching philosophy.

"Self-esteem" is another part of the core, as a coach you need the skills and abilities to motivate, something that is not easy. Motivation is something intrinsic, that comes from within the individual. The coach needs to find the way, the right environment for this to happen, and itis one of the biggest challenges of a coach. To do this the coach needs to have self-esteem, and how does he gets it? The coach has to be pro-active, positive. It is always easier to criticize and find mistakes in others; the hard part is to find the solutions, to correct and find the reason why they happen. To find something positive, to recognize this in a specific way, the action that will reinforce it. Then it can be repeated with success. Recognize the effort in a sincere and public way, this will promote the whole environment of success promotes success. Negatives need to be erased quickly; we do not want to reinforce them.

The "Style of the Coach" is his strategy, his game technique. This should be flexible, because we do not always have the same level of talent. The players available will directly influence it.To fast break often, or to use the slow down game. To be quick with the three pointer, perimeter oriented or drive and penetrate. To have deep rotation of players or not.

In my philosophy I believe in TEAM, the collective effort. I do not go for "short rotations", for me that makes you weak and vulnerable. Yes, it does make the job easier when you have fewer pieces to work with, but if you like easy, do not be a coach.

This affects my coaching style, a rotation of 9 or more players. This promotes a better and a positive "team culture," an environment that helps develop positive environment, self-esteem and team chemistry. It develops more competition, more individual player development and does not leave us open to injuries or the syndrome of "sacred cows". By emphasizing fast breaking, and pressure defense it forces me to use more players, a deeper rotation.

My coaching philosophy influences my coaching style; it is not the easiest thing or the only way and like a former head coach of a national team (Carlos Morales) once told me "there are no absolutes in basketball".

At the moment I do not work in the rented basketball (pro), at that level it is another story. In that level it is “Showtime”, there other pressing factors, you get paid to win and numbers define your success.

In my specific case, when I did coach at that level I did not change my philosophy, it has always been the same. This sport still is a game, and games are supposed to be fun and entertaining even for professionals. It is a huge challenge at that level.I do understand that this way of thinking brings more work, sacrifice, time and stress, but if you do not like these types of challenges do not try to be a coach.

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