We coaches (should) know how much we can influence those around us, emotionally and otherwise. It's something we also need to teach our players about.
Goals can be very useful things, which is why they are so often encouraged. There is a downside to them, though, that is little talked about.
Taking on a program with a losing history is tough. For me the most important thing is building trust and confidence in support of cultural improvement.
If you take over a new team close to the start of the season you have to make sure you do the right work on team culture or risk long term repercussions.
How do you pick your team captain(s), if you have them? He's the approach of one of the most successful coaches of all time, which closely matches my own.
Psychological insights, combined with an understanding of player motivations, can help us structure practice and training sessions to keep them coming back.
Once upon a time, volleyball coaching legend Julio Velasco made some comments about what he called "the culture of the alibis" which continue to resonate.
As much as we may wish it otherwise, players (and teams) don't always play at one consistent level. They have a distribution of performances. This has implications for our coaching.