From time to time I receive interesting articles in my email and the other day I got one from Lee Smith Coaching and it was an article by Paul Cammarata on player development over merely coaching to win.
Obviously the article deals with junior sport and the age old debate of winning over player development.
Someone did a survey and did a silly thing by asking the kids what was important about playing sport, and winning did come in on the list, but what might surprise is where in the list it came.
And it came in at number 48
Yep, you read that right, winning for kids came in at number 48
It’s an interesting article by Paul Cammarata to read and when one starts looking at the coaching posters on this website, you will see that the majority are built around the creation and maintaining of a learning environment.
And the above are just a small sample of all the posters created, for about 7 to 8 years ago my approach and focus of coaching changed when I asked myself the very simple question:
“What if my players do not want to learn”
And ever since then I’ve entered the world of player development and the creation and maintaining of a learning environment as I pursue an ever-quickening process of player development in which the players enjoy and take an ownership in their own improvement.
Ultimately at the end of the day, as coaches we do want to win, though without player development, the wins become few and far between, so it’s better to sacrifice the wins earlier on for the greater success later