What is a good vs bad coach?

Good coaches take responsibility for their team's failures and give their team and athletes full responsibility for their successes. Bad coaches blame their athletes for losses and take credit for the team's successes. You are NOT a good coach when you play “mind games” with your athletes. A good coach wants to be told the truth, an average coach wants to learn, a bad coach wants to be left alone.

A good coach creates opportunities for their clients and themselves to meet the standards they have set. Bad coaches resist the challenges of their way of thinking, hide from failure and defend what doesn't work. They offer roadmaps and shortcuts to replace lack of curiosity, but they complain when their customers are inflexible. At the end of the day, a coach is only as good as what he has to work with.

Coaches who take what they have to work for and turn it into something else are great coaches. Before you see coaches as scapegoats, you have to ask yourself if they CAN be anything but that. A bad coach loses patience, nerves or focus and blurs the lines between business and coaching, which is a choice not to be good at either one. A bad coach tells his athletes what to do and expects them to do it regardless of how they act themselves.

However, the above should give you an indication of where you stand in terms of being a good coach or a bad one. Bad coaches don't know that they're bad, because they don't understand the difference between a good and a bad sports coach. Busy with the how, bad coaches become obsessed with tactics, the prices of their products and the provision of their services. A bad coach is based on tactics, non-binding word-of-mouth agreements and a large, unspecific market in which to operate.

If you identify with the definition of a bad coach in some areas, don't take it as criticism. A bad coach knows that it's much easier to convince a stranger of your market value than to be guided by your own values and beliefs. A good coach needs time to get to know their individual athletes, while a bad coach doesn't have time. Below are some comparisons between how a good coach would perform compared to a bad coach in different areas of training.

Bad coaches live in the land of excuses and prefer myopia to the uncertainty of possibilities. A bad coach doesn't have this in-depth knowledge of his athletes, so he focuses his training on what he wants to achieve personally, which is usually just success. Therefore, we wanted to point out the differences between the way a good coach would act compared to the way a bad coach would act.

Kristin Almazan
Kristin Almazan

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