Vinluan: The coaches’ plight

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By Bobby Vinluan

Sports Psychology

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


THERE are a thousand reasons why it would be easy to argue why athletes sometimes feel they don’t need a coach. Indeed it might be how they often think of themselves as seasoned athletes as they are thoughtless of the contributions of a coach in an entirely new light.

Athletes who play in individual events are most likely vulnerable to posses the attitude of not needing a coach, they tend to show off they can be better without them. Team players on the other hand tend to disregard coaches’ instructions, because during games they want to be the center of attraction.

It’s basic, ‘character builds a man’, as the saying goes, the athlete’s personality and what he has become explains how an athlete perceive a coach, how he was trained and his experience in training and playing with the presence of a coach contributes to his attitude of defiance and not liking the presence of a coach.

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Athletes’ tend to be independent and claims they do not need a coach who yells at players, someone who calls a time out or calls the end of a game for them in mid game, or someone who reworks strategy for a new play. Nor would they prefer someone who will be thinking for them, or baby sits them and worst, someone who would crack the whip over them, and where no coach could tell them how to play or what to do in a game.

These is how athletes can severe their ties with coaches when they tend to feel they are independent. There are no convincing answers to tell them they do need one. But whatever grief you give to coaches, they will always show you there’s much more to coaching.

Athletes should realize the best work of coaches can’t be measured by number of meets or wins of the team, nor the awards earned by their top athletes. Coaches are ultimately judged by their lasting influence with the players they have worked with.

Coaches always have a place in every athlete’s life; sometimes they even become the unobtainable fathers that athletes dream about they rarely find in their own homes.

Coaching is like a quasi-parental work, and we should have to respect that as one coach have written "Coaching is not a mislaid passion. At its best, it is the art of giving meaning to a boy's childhood."

Athletes can be a child at any age, and at some point in their streak as growing athletes, they all need a coach to prepare them until they can do it their own because coaches and athletes both benefit in this kind of relationship.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 20, 2014.

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