June 7, 2002, Newsletter Issue #61: EXAMINE YOUR COACHING PHILOSOPHY

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"Your style is often an extension of your personality. Assess your general demeanor and identify your best and worst qualities in this area. If you are too soft-spoken or hotheaded off the court, most likely, you will assume a similar persona when coaching. This is not always, true, of course, but the exercise will get you thinking about the manner in which you coach.

"Assess your players in the same manner. As you become more
familiar with your team, you`ll be able to gauge its personality as a whole as well as the personalities of the individuals it comprises. In honing your coaching style, try to pinpoint an approach that will work effectively and cohesively with your players, individually and as a group.
Once you`ve assessed these qualities, make an effort to nurture your strongest characteristics and incorporate them into your style. Be aware of your weakest traits so you can detect and eliminate them when they begin to surface on the court.

"Remember to be yourself. Improve your personality, don`t try to assume a new one altogether. Your players will see through your attempts to become someone you`re not."

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