Resilience is one of those mythical qualities that is highly sought after for high performance athletes in all sports. You can often hear coaches talk about the resilience, or lack therefore, of their teams, and about steps they are taking to develop in their teams.
I certainly agree that resilience is highly desirable. There are innumerable situations during the course of a practice / week / match / season which create disappointments both small and large for individual players and teams. How resilient those players and teams are to those disappointments is an important factor in quality of the team.
So how to develop that resilience? It was suggested to me recently that coach’s anger (yelling, screaming etc) during practice specifically creates the conditions that allow resilience to develop.
So this is the question… are coaches who resist displays of anger during their work actually doing their players a disservice?
I’m interested in your thoughts.