Devotion: A coaching mantra

Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community, devote yourself to a purpose or a passion.

Morrie Schwartz 
Tuesdays With Morrie

Coaching provides a great opportunity to live out this mantra.  Love the people and players you work with.  Improve your communty; coaches are fortunate enough to be in a position to impact this.  Be passionate about the opportunities you have; if you aren’t you are probably trying to live someone else’s passion.

Coaches have an unique opportunity to work with young people in a forum that they are truly interested in and desire to excel in.  This opportunity creates a responsibility.  A responsiblity to best serve your athletes in the sport and use the sport to prepare them for their opportunities outside of sport. Coaches need to help players learn to be  devoted to more than themselves and the simple accolades available in sport.  A coach should be devoted to the following goals along with devoted to winning games.  I also think winning comes easier when the following goals are achieved by coaches.

  • Help players identify their gifts and find their passions. 
  • Provide them experiences in which they can benefit others and their community, so that they may see the benefits of living life well.  
  • Help them identify ways in which their unique giftings can be applied withn a team so that they may discover how these gifts can be applied to the larger world around them outside of sport.

 As coaches we need to help players improve their performance and use the on court performance to help them learn how to improve their performance off of it. There is no greater reward for a coach than seeing their devotion displayed through others finding their passion and sharing it

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