One of my (many) pet peeves is excuses. The breadth and depth of the excuses that one hears is breathtaking. I particularly dislike hearing excuses from coaches. That is not (necessarily) that I think coaches are special, but because I know that part of a coach’s work is to not accept excuses from their players. And of course, the excuses that I most particularly dislike are coaches complaining about players. One of the subtle complaints that coaches make is sharing lists of qualities of great players**. Typically those qualities are outside the control of the coach, thereby creating a quiet ‘out’ for the coach should they fail to achieve the success they think they should.
So to cut a long story short, I have made my own list of what it is that makes a great player.
Bad players have coaches who don’t take coaching seriously. Coaches who have never gained any qualifications, and use a few drills that they did when they were a player.
Average players have coaches who take matches seriously. Coaches who have done the bare minimum study, and collect drills to make them better.
Good players have coaches who take coaching seriously. Coaches who do all the courses they should do, spend some time preparing for each practice and match and love the game.
Great players have coaches are passionate about the game and about coaching. Coaches who never stop learning, and never stop trying to make their teams and players better. Great players cannot help but be motivated by their coach’s passion.
**Less subtle complaints are rants about how players are ‘different’ now. Those ones really get my goat!!
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