I’ve recently seen some quotes attributed to Russian coaching great, Vyacheslav Platonov. There’s something here for everyone.
‘Working in the team try to become a friend and mentor to the players. The only way to have friends and kindred spirits is to be a friend yourself.”
“Victory formula = 99% sweat + 1% inspiration.”
“Victories come when their time comes. Often later than you wish. Patience is an essential quality of a coach’s profession.”
‘There are many who can coach well. There are only a few who can build and create teams. Those are the highest level of coaching expertise.”
‘Often you can hear from coach ‘They (players) lost because they did not do what I told them to.’ This is not on! Never reward yourself for something outside your control. Never talk about the team as ‘they’ – always only ‘we’.”
“We won”, “we lost”. Try to take most of the blame on yourself. That does not mean that you cannot criticise individual players, but the team, publically – extremely rarely.”
“Players putting into the game mind and strength, is not enough for victory. It is necessary to put in the soul. A team that put into the game all its strength, mind and soul cannot leave the court defeated.”
“You, coach are coming into a new team. Never start work by discarding everything old, even if you are forced to break it. Those who don’t remember the past, do not have a future.”
‘Do not be afraid to learn from players. Especially new techniques. “Stars” become “stars” because they do many things non standard, not by the text book.”
‘It is a well known fact that order and structure will beat brilliance.’
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