Parents, Do not allow your children to be bullied by a coach. If you ever see your young athlete not being coached in the appropriate manner that he or she should be, then get them out from under this person’s power and control immediately.
I’m sure by now you have seen or heard about the video of Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice verbally abusing and physically assaulting his players. As a parent, a Youth Fitness Specialist and a sports enthusiast, it sickens me to watch this kind of bullying from a person in an authoritative position. Humiliating, assaulting, intimidating and belittling is absolutely no way to coach or teach an athlete. In my opinion, Mike Rice should never coach another basketball game again at any level. Hopefully more people will be punished at Rutgers University over this entire situation, however that’s not the topic of my blog so I will stick with how to coach athletes properly.
There are basically four categories I group athletes into when I train them. These categories are based on the athlete’s motivational level and skill level. I train each individual based on the needs of the category that they fit into.
Highly motivated/high skilled athletes are very inspired. Delegating responsibility to them keeps them inspired. Low motivated/high skilled athletes need to be inspired. It is important to enforce and re-enforce how wonderful I think they are and let them know how great they are. Highly motivated/low skilled athletes tend to be very hyper and like to have fun. They must be guided though, or they are likely to hurt themselves or someone else because they are so energetic. Low motivated/low skilled athletes need to be directed. They usually tend to be more shy and don’t respond well to being singled out, even with positive praise. The one size fits all does not work with teaching young athletes and should not be applied.
Far too often, people think that because a coach understands the sport he or she will be a good coach. This couldn’t be further from the truth as demonstrated by Mike Rice at Rutgers University.