The most successful sporting league in the world (NBA) has a dress code for coaches.
The most successful volleyball league in the world (Italian) has a dress code for coaches.
I have a dress code for matches. When I appear at a match I am representing my sport, my profession and myself. I want to show that I take all of those things seriously. With that in mind whenever possible I wear a suit. Why a suit? For whatever reason our society, not least the NBA and Superlega, has decided suits represent professionalism. Just as it has decided jeans are casual wear, what you wear when you leave work or want to go to the pub. I also like the ritual of preparation.
Platonov also had some thoughts on the matter. I like the idea of a game being a festival and a battle.
The main thing is that it should be neat and well fitting. However when genes and age have done their work and the coach loses his sporting bearing, but insists on appearing in public wearing sporting attire, in most cases it just looks bad. For me the game is both battle and festival, and just like the warriors in the old days, I endeavour to appear in ‘parade uniform’.
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