Moreover, by your actions and behaviour every day, you determine what your legacy will be in the minds of those you coach.
You need only ask yourself: How do I want to be thought of—and remembered—20 years from now by those I coached?
Here are ten things to consider in determining whether you are the kind of coach and individual your players will look back on with fondness and respect. I believe this applies whether you coach them as 10 year-olds or as they are heading toward a possible future in the sport. Regardless, you should behave in a manner that will see them remember you as an inspiring presence in their lives:
1. Whether a player is a “star” on your team or someone who plays infrequently, does every player know they are important to the team?
8. How much time do you spend getting to know your players as individuals?
9. Do you always have the answers, or are you open to ideas from your players? Will your players look back and say you were a great listener?
10. Are you consistent in your accountability system and your approach to discipline, or do you have a “star” system? Do certain players not face consequences?
By your actions, you are writing the script today for how those youngsters will remember you years down the road.