“First, get the team to play as well as they can.”
The coach’s primary responsibility is get the team to play as well as they can. This means choosing system that best highlights the players’ strengths, ensuring they are in good physical condition, preparing the appropriate tactics for each match, making sure the every player’s confidence level is good, and keeping the overall motivation level high.
It is always tempting for the coach to think of way to make their team better and to focus all their attention on that. The coach must continually search for ways and means of improvement but this should not be the primary focus. As you can see above, the job of getting the team to play as well as it can is difficult and complicated enough without focus being distracted by other things. And if the players are playing well, confident and motivated, it turns out they are more open to making the changes necessary to improve.
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