Psychology of Coaching

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Expected release date is Mar 1st 2020

Author:
Jack Richards
Published:
2020
Length:
250 pages
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The book Psychology of Coaching is a journey that began 47 years ago when the first edition was published.  The strides made in athletics since the first book appeared have been enormous. Improvements in the techniques of play, through better coaching, more efficient equipment, and superior physical conditioning methods, have grown tremendously, and have led to highly successful individual and team play. Coaching, at least from a technical standpoint, has become more of an exact science, with few unknowns left. Not only is the modern coach extremely well-versed in strategy, they are also keenly aware of the values to be derived from weight training and proper nutrition. Furthermore, they know how to protect their players and get the greatest efficiency from them through the use of various forms of new equipment.

The modern coach may also have become a frustrated figure in the complex and troubled world of sport. Insecurity, fickle loyalties, and changing values have produced situations that have led to alienation, protests, and firings. As a result, the coach’s family life usually suffers. They see their private life disappear, and they are harassed from many different sides. Eventually, they find that coaching sports is no longer the “gratifying” experience they remember as an athlete.

They are also faced with coaching problems considerably different from those of the past few decades. One of these is the personality of the athletes themselves. The value orientation of today’s young people is somewhat different from that of the past, and may be seen to be in a constant state of flux. The youth are more perceptive, more questioning, and more likely to have a variety of interests and experiences. As a result, the coach must become more sensitive to certain aspects of interpersonal behavior and motivational psychology.

The book attempts to provide the coach with a practical guide for helping athletes to help themselves. It does not deal with the development of talent, but rather concentrates on the emotional and attitudinal aspects of athletic performance. In some instances, the advice is based on psychological research. In others, where research is minimal or non-existent, the suggestions are based on many hours of clinical observations and coaching experience. While the science of the psychology of sport has become more sophisticated, many questions remain unanswered. Hopefully, as a result of ideas expressed in this book, the coach will become more sensitive to individual needs and differences, not only in the athletes, but in teams as well, and will acquire, in the process, the flexibility to handle these differences.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: Philosophy of Coaching............................................................................................. 13

Chapter 2: Coaches and Their Personality................................................................................... 24

Chapter 3: The Athlete and Their Personality............................................................................. 42

Chapter 4: Levels of Coaching.....................................................................................................54

Chapter 5: Communication...........................................................................................................64

Chapter 6: Team Cohesion.......................................................................................................... 84

Chapter 7: Motivation............................................................................................................... 102

Chapter 8: Selection of a Team—Potential Strengths and Weaknesses................................... 118

Chapter 9: Discipline................................................................................................................. 125

Chapter 10: Teaching Techniques in Athletics........................................................................ 132

Chapter 11: Recruiting.............................................................................................................. 143

Chapter 12: Outside Influences on the Athlete...................................................................... 155

Chapter 13: The Superstar......................................................................................................... 167

Chapter 14: Substitutes............................................................................................................ 174

Chapter 15: The Coach’s Relationship With Other Staff Members.................................. 182

Chapter 16: The Psychological Role of Trainers and Equipment Managers................. 189

Chapter 17: Volunteers.............................................................................................................. 199

Chapter 18: Understanding Officials....................................................................................... 207

Chapter 19: Momentum in Athletics....................................................................................... 214

Chapter 20: Psychological Scouting......................................................................................... 225

Chapter 21: Helping the Athlete Reach Their Full Potential............................................... 235