Saturday, September 27, 2008

Would YOU Want to Dive with YOU?

Ask yourself this question. If you were a diver, would you want to dive with YOU as the coach? Why or why not? If your list of "why nots" is bigger than your list of "whys" perhaps you should think about making some changes to the way you coach or run your Program.

Do you yell and scream all the time? Are you a tyrant and a slave driver? Do your divers come to the pool with a smile on their face and perhaps more importantly, do they leave practice with a smile on their face? Do you motivate and inspire or belittle and criticize? Do you pay attention to your divers and as a result, do they pay attention to you? Are your practices stimulating and exciting or are they repetitive and boring? Are you enthusiastic while coaching which usually means your divers are enthusiastic while diving? Do you praise often and give positive reinforcement or is it never good enough? The list goes on and on. Coaches should take a look in the mirror and see if they like what they see. Chances are, if you do not like what you see, then your divers will not either.

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