In his book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey talks about beginning with the goal with the end in mind. As female coaches, What qualities do we expect them to exhibit after the time has over?
Ten points of advice for female athletes.
To make sure you are able to connect with our young athletes, I visited Urban Dictionary and looked up swagger…because I’m sure my athletes are aware of what this word is! Swagger refers to “to move with confidence and conduct yourself in a way that would automatically earn respect.” I would like my athletes to have faith in themselves, their training, along their team.
Not just mentally, although that’s equally important. I would like my female athletes to be comfortable in the gym. I want them to use the free weights and be aware of what they should do. It is my wish for them to feel proud of their muscles and power. The athletes will often express doubts about becoming “too big”. Simply tell them that they’re not going to become big (without some kind of help) and then instruct them that they should go to the gym.
When my team really gets into the gym, and they’re struggling somewhat, I’ll tell them about our cross-country coach. He races 100-mile ultra-marathons during the summertime. I inform my team that I’m certain that he’s tired. However, it’s his mind that is the issue. I remind them that they’re not doing 100-mile ultra-marathons. So their motivation shouldn’t be slowing them down.
Learn to be an active student.
High-performance athletes with high I.Q. are successful. The smartest players read scouting reports and are aware of the tendencies of their opponents. The most skilled players recognize their strengths and conceal their weaknesses. They aren’t capable of absorbing enough knowledge of how to play. The most successful players are always striving to improve. Let’s encourage our athletes to get educated about their sport.
Good players think about their decisions when they play. They don’t get confused by the outcome of a play…they will be able to explain what caused the events to happen in the way they did. In the chess competition that is a sport, shrewd players are more successful than those who react.
I do not want my players to doubt their talents. It’s a stereotyped female trait to undervalue one’s contribution; however, in the case of ballers…isn’t it appropriate to declare that they’re ballers? Of obviously, I do not want any player to claim sole responsibility for the team’s success; however, I would like players to feel confident about their contributions to that team’s effort.
If female players don’t have the confidence or swagger in what they contribute to the group, they are hesitant. To combat this hesitation issue, we must create a positive atmosphere during our training where hard-hitting is celebrated. Sure, they could make mistakes, but who doesn’t? Mistake…but who wouldn’t?
Make yourself great.
If you’ve been following my blog for a long, you’ll be aware I love John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. The top of this pyramid is called Competitive Excellence. It is the greatest pleasure I have as a coach: watch my female athletes excel in the face of pressure…when everything is at stake.
To me, it’s an undervalued quality. Which of our athletes are able to claim that they were energized to practice each day? Every week? Every every month? All through the season…that’s quite a challenge! It’s among the most difficult techniques to teach…constant concentration over the course of a long season. It’s not easy, but teams who master it typically succeed.
If your players are passionate about the game, Then all the other things I’ve mentioned will be happening. Why? Because their passion can help them stay committed even when they’re feeling down, they’re tired, when their group is struggling, they’re not getting plenty in playing time and when it gets difficult, and when they’re not performing well. The enthusiasm and enthusiasm of a person are infectious so let’s inspire women athletes to display each day with them.
Let’s go out and ensure that our female athletes get the best chance to be successful!