So, you are a coach. Fabulous! We’re excited for you. You probably love working with kids, have your own deep and wide sport’s story plus relish both the challenge and the competition. We also suspect you see coaching athletes as a real contribution to a person’s character development—beyond the skills and physical acumen individuals acquire. Whatever your reasons for being a coach, we hope that you are thrilled and empowered with your role, most of the time.
We also know that there are events and circumstances that will really get in the way—almost making it impossible for you to have a positive season and return to coach again. We’re not talking about just having a losing or lousy season, because if that was the case, half of us would routinely disappear. We are talking about the institutional and relationship problems that go with the job, but are all too rarely taught or talked about. We’ve been listening for decades, as the Women’s Sports Foundation fields coaches calls and e-mails daily.
The purpose of this guide is to help coaches prevent, respond to or even initiate action when faced with difficult professional situations. The format includes commonly (and yes, frequently) asked questions and answers. Now and then, we’ve also provided a TIP, something to take our Theory Into Practice. Suggested resources addressing coaching problems and issues are also listed in the final section.