For the most part we understand how to make players better and progressing them on the field, but the next frontier in sports and player development is understanding individual human behavior
Great coaches have great discernment, They know when to push, when to pull, when to backoff, when to jump someone or when to let it simmer.
I can talk mechanics and game strategy all I want, but if the athlete isn’t taking it and owning it, then its just my words. Their not engaged. Coaching is an incredibly dynamic social activity. It varies from situation to situation.
Coaching isn’t just teaching, just psychology or just mentoring. Coaching is all of those.
Its in our nature to try and create friendships and relationships. When kids want to hang out with you or stand by you when you’re hitting fungo and talk to you. Thats a sign of a great relationship. When it becomes an issue is when we can’t hold them accountable. If we can discipline when we need to, then its an issue.
We need to be able to adjust our coaching strategies based on the environment, the athlete and the setting that you’re in