Personal Coaching Philosophy for coaching high school track and field

Essay by alikingUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, May 2008

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Through the years of playing many sports, including track and field, I have been exposed to many different types of coaching philosophies. Through these coaches and also by learning what is best as an athlete, I have developed my own coaching philosophy.

First, we must be aware that a coaches philosophy greatly depends on who is being coached. In other words, a coach will have a very different philosophy if they are coaching Jr. High kids as opposed to college athletes. A coach can not expect to have the same mentality to a 12 year old that is performing because it is fun as compared to a division one athlete trying to qualify for a meet. Being new to the coaching world and understanding that I am probably going to have to work my way to the top, I am basing my coaching philosophy towards young new athletes, such as Jr.

High and High School kids.

Experience of learning what works and what does not work as an athlete is what my philosophy is based on. I will try to eliminate "bad" practices because I feel they reflect bad coaching behaviors. Practices that begin to become unproductive and not taken seriously will be re-directed and be turned into fun, productive and hardworking practices. There is a difference between fooling around and having fun in a drill while being productive. For example, instead of just letting the athletes "go threw the motions" in the long jump, I would create a competitive, fun game by putting the athletes up against one another. I believe if practices are fun then the athletes will continue to work hard and not lose interest. As an athlete, I used to hate practices and drills that seemed unproductive. I felt like I was wasting my time and...