Everything we ever do we develop a culture around it, and so it is with our coaching, and what we do and expect creates our coaching culture.
And in developing our coaching culture, what is at the heart is the asking of questions, for that is the only way to truly get at the heart of what we want to do.
The Culture Code – Daniel Coyle
For the asking of questions does is to help to clarify the path we want to take, with some of the most important questions being:
What type of players do I want to develop?
What type of game do I want to play?
What style of game do I want to play?
What skills and techniques do my players require?
What type of structure do I want my team to play?
How do I create and maintain a learning environment?
How do I obtain engagement by the players?
What are the most important parts of the Seasons Outline?
How do I prepare the players for the start of the season?
How do I develop the players as the season progresses?
How do I prepare the players for the finals playoffs?
Not all the questions that one asks will occur at once, they build upon each other, in a process over time, and what happens, if done right, the coaching culture that one develops will be greater than the sum of its parts. So if someone tries copying what you do, they generally only take a small part away, without understanding how it fits into the overall picture.
For example, take drills, exercises and small games, because what one does leading into the season maybe different to what one does during the middle of the season because every drill, exercise or small game will produce different effects, for drills that one may use in the middle of the season, one may never use at the end because they don’t produce the result that one requires for finals play offs.
And this is why the asking of questions and becoming clear in what one does is important to the coaching culture that one ultimately builds