We’re all trying to get better, that’s why we go to clinics and conferences and seminars. And it’s probably why you check in with this blog. The intent behind starting Coach Dawn Writes was to make it like a conversation between coaching friends where we hash out all of the things we love about what we do. Hopefully that’s what it feels like to you! Here’s a continuation of my A to Z series recap.
The A to Z series: Letters P thru T
P Is For Passion: An Enthusiasm RSVP is one of my favorites, because I believe that enthusiasm (one of the cornerstones of the Pyramid of Success) is a must for everyone involved with a team. I’ve never seen a lukewarm player or coach achieve to the highest levels. But those people who are fired up about what they’re doing? They’re winners!
I’m a coach watcher. I don’t care if it’s my sport (volleyball) or another sport, I enjoy watching other coaches. I like seeing how they interact with their team, what drills they use in their warmups, how they progress their practice along, if their team is engaged in the practice…all sorts of things. Q Is For Quality: 7 Characteristics Of Successful Coaches is what I noticed that a lot of these coaches share in common…check it out!
I’m sure by now you all know that I love coaching female athletes…especially considering I’ve written an ebook about it. Check out this post if you want to see how I connected my love of the video game Mortal Combat and my love of coaching female athletes. It’s called The 3 R’s Of Coaching Female Athletes.
When I first started coaching, I thought all I had to do was coach…boy was I wrong! I was all of a sudden responsible for balancing budgets, connecting with alumni, and reaching out to faculty. While I certainly wouldn’t call myself accomplished, I’ve learned a few things along the way that may help me get there one day. Check out S Is For Success: 4 Requirements For The Accomplished Coach for more info. 11 Things You Should Be Doing If You Are The Head Honcho is also a good one.
I had a Biology professor who was a former student-athlete come and talk to my team about connecting athletics and academics…he was great. He talked about how his sisters were more athletically talented than he was, but because they were girls, they never got the opportunities that he did. So while he got a Division I basketball scholarship, his two sisters (who were both well over six feet tall) got poor coaches, shoddy equipment, and inadequate facilities. Check out my post T Is For Title IX: The History, The Myth, The Reality to find out how things were and where we are now.
We’re almost to the end of the A to Z recap, hopefully you’ve gone back to check out some of the articles you may have missed.