Chapter 2 – Determining Your Coaching Objectives I. Three major objectives of sport: to have a winning team, to help young people have fun, to help young people develop physically (sport skills, conditioning, health habits, avoiding injury), psychologically (control
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B. Society’s objectives
1. Recreational sport emphasizes fun, learning, and participation by all.
2. Competitive sport emphasizes winning, performance, and participation by the best (see figure 2.1, p. 21).
4. Administrators’, players’, and parents’ objectives may be incompatible with sport program objectives.
1. The cornerstone of coaching philosophy
2. Philosophical foundation of the Bill of Rights for Young Athletes (see figure 2.3, p. 23)
1. Striving to win should be the objective of every athlete and coach.
2. Vince Lombardi stated his coaching philosophy as “Winning isn’t everything, but striving to win is.”
1. Youth are drawn to sport by the competition, the striving to win, and the recognition of excellence achieved.
2. James Coleman cited the importance of intense commitment and total effort in achieving success and in humanity’s great accomplishments.
3.James Michener stated that sport saved his life by rescuing him from the streets and a potential life of crime.
1. Young people can develop morally through sport and learn a basic code of ethics that is transferable to a moral code for life.
2. Moral decisions are often required in competitive sport.
A. Winning or striving to win is never more important than athletes’ well-being.
B. When winning is kept in perspective, sport programs produce positive results.
A. Identify your personal objectives in developing your coaching philosophy.
B. Examine your personal reasons for coaching (see table 2.1, p. 27).