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BE CONSISTANT, DEMAND BEHAVIOUR FROM
YOURSELF AND THE PLAYERS THAT REFLECTS A
WINNINGATTITUDE AND PRIDE IN EVERYTHING
THE TEAM DOES.
The “cumulative effect” should be the foundation for any
coaching philosophy. How a coach treats any individual
situation does not stand alone as witness to his total
make up. One bad practice does not cast a permanent
pall over a team. No one knows the exact time when he
becomes a good player. We get to where we are going
by stringing together a long series of experiences. This
is especially obvious in goal-oriented activities found in
competitive sports.
There is a natural “cumulative effect”. The teamand what
it represents is an accumulation of its experiences. As
coaches, we want a series of experiences to be productive
and positive so the result is a quality programme.
Everything that is done contributes to the cumulative
effect. It can be positive or negative. If a coach is shoddy,
inconsistent, and undisciplined, the accumulation of
negative experiences will be reflected in the team’s lack
of pride, poor self-image and lack-lustre performance. On
the other hand, if a coach requires high standards, then
the accumulation of good experiences will be reflected
in the team.
The cumulative effect is easily seen in practice. A team
should never waste a day, an hour or a minute. If a
teammaximizes every opportunity to improve, the result
will be first class. Wasted time, low expectations and
inconsistency will have the opposite effect.
DEVELOP AND PUT INTO EFFECT ON A DAILY
BASIS, A PLAN WHICH REINFORCES DESIRABLE
BEHAVIOUR ALL THE TIME.
Behaviour Patterns
Practice is the forumfor developing the behaviour patterns
the coachwants his teamto follow. All functions of practice
should have a design. The disciplines and routines of
practice should be consistent. If specific behaviour
patterns are implanted in practice they will carry over to
travelling habits and, of course, match behaviour. The
coach’s behaviour is the vanguard of team behaviour.
The coaching staff should:
–– Always start practice on time – every time. (this
means the coach should be at practice early to ensure
everything is ready).
–– Always be dressed in clean, neat coaching apparel.
–– Always be well groomed.
–– Always have practice outlined in a journal or notebook.
The players should:
–– Always be ready to start practice on time – every time.
–– Set up the practice gym.
–– Always fold up personal equipment (sweats, towels,
etc.) and neatly store them in a designated area.
–– Prepare mentally for each practice, focusing on areas
they need to concentrate on.
–– Be in neat, clean practice gear representing the
organisation for which they play.
The practice area should be neat, clean and organised.
It should represent the attitudes and positive behaviour
of a team by its preparedness. It is the place the players
become the team. It should reflect the team personality
and the behaviour that makes up that personality.
The behaviour patterns – the life style - of the team is
molded in the practice gym. On a daily basis the routines
of the preparation as well as actual training activities
must be consistent in terms of expectations.
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