Readers appeal to coaching style for different teams

In a recent article, I explained a situation where basketball teams from all over the country came to a tournament. This brought kids from rich neighborhoods to kids from poor and underprivileged neighborhoods.

Coaching styles differed greatly within the groups. So the question was asked:

1. Does coaching style and behavior need to change according to different cultures and backgrounds? Is it true that different societies bring different character types, styles and motivations? Is it okay for these coaches to coach in the style they think is best for their children, even though it may seem obnoxious, abusive, offensive and rude? Is this a case of different strokes for different people, and we have to trust coaches with their own coaching styles? Are we being too lenient with children who need to be “fitted”?

Or …

2. Children are children and they need our love and affirmation. Part of character growth and development is learning and understanding the right kind of behavior that is needed in different situations. Children must learn to listen to mature, clear instructions without waiting for the coach to have a temper tantrum to respond. It is not acceptable to shout and shout. Are we training children to respond only to harsh discipline, causing them to be motivated by fear and punishment? Part of growing is knowing how to respond and respond positively in areas outside of your comfort zone. This prepares them for the life to come.

The results (much closer than I expected):

The winner: Option 2 with 50% of the votes

Option #1 got a surprising 40% of the vote.

Some said it depends on the situation and it’s possible for both styles to work. This received 10 percent.

Some comments :

Children need playtime to release accumulated energy

“I agree with #2.

“These ‘wild, red-faced, temperamental coaches who are in your face’ are out of touch and rude. They look silly. And worse, they model the wrong way of treating people. Kids from ‘difficult and difficult “can learn better ways and use those skills to have a successful life.”

Susie Anderson

“To sum up my vote, you need both types in all youth sports through high school. The theme that produces the best results comes from coaches who understand their team composition and player personality. Together, all personality types and all parent types produce the best results, especially for children I guess this sounds like a political answer, but the coach who knows enough to understand people is usually good.

“Thank you for reading this and please keep posting these great articles. I am giving these to my daughter and daughter-in-law as I have three grandsons who play flag football, football, basketball and baseball. There is no greater love than an old player who watches his grandchildren play for both fun and skill. Sport teaches so many life skills. life.


“Wouldn’t it be nice if all the players came from the same background?

“It’s not the real world. As a coach, I approached each player as an individual. Some needed a strong hand (no shouting or grabbing), some needed a softer touch.

“Coaches need to know their players and motivate them in a way that takes root. If it’s too difficult, be a spectator and thank the person who took on the coaching job.

“There’s a big reward when a former player says, ‘It’s nice to see you coaching.’ “


I wish there was room to print out all the answers. Thank you all for your thoughts. I have read them all and thank you for your contribution.

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