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  1. CoachStan says:

    Fantastic article! My position is that there is overcoaching – 100%.

    I have had dicsussions with some peers about this and it was also discussed when I attended a coaching clinic where Ken Hitchcock spoke about results of a survey that HC conducted.

    I have made an effort to hold back and not be so vocal during games and instructed my assistants to do the same. We save our praise, discussion for when they get back to the bench where we can just talk to them.

    This season I actually had a couple of parents ‘address’ our ‘lack of coaching on the bench’ and suggested that a parent who was quite vocal could stand in the penalty box to give the kids directions. LOL I thanked them for the suggestion, and explained (again, as I addressed it at the parent meeting) why we were not constantly shouting at the kids.

    One point that I think that you missed is that about 90% of coaching in youth sport is during practices anyway.

  2. Jamie Rice says:

    Great article and great comments by Coach Stan. One of the reasons so much over coaching exists(at youth levels and above) is the “glamorization” of coaches who are captured by TV cameras contstantly moving up and down a side line/bench, seemingly yelling the entire game. Too often we become what we perceive to be “coaching”. The quiet coach doesn’t capture the spotlight, so therefore the assumption becomes he is not as good. Media coverage has had a direct effect on overcoaching…would anyone ever argue that John Wooden might not be the greatest coach ever? His demeanor and actions were more of teacher/scholar/gentleman. To many it appeared that he did not coach at all, just rolled out the balls and had the best players. That assumption was false! He taught the everything.

    In addition to the perception we receive visually, many coaches may also feel that if they aren’t saying something, their not doing their job. Coaching and the impact of coaching are far greater in the intimate and quiet moments with an individual or team. Coach Stan is 100% correct that coaching in youth sports is in practice, although I would argue it is closer to 100%…let the kids play, you can only prepare them, you cannot do it for them. Focus your efforts on their preparation and development, and then sit back and enjoy.

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