I saw this question in a coaching group online.
What are some of the first things you teach/review at the beginning of the season? Every season near the end I tell myself “I wish I would’ve gone over this sooner”.
To a degree, your coaching situation influences how you start each season. After all, it’s different working with a bunch of 12 year-olds than with a college team, for example. I think the one thing that should be consistent in all situations, however, is something brought up by a responder to the question.
Most talks center around willingness to experiment, searching for adjustments, going for it, being open to change … Just helping us get minds into a good place to learn and be good teammates.
Every team needs this sort of thing at the beginning of a new season. It’s basically setting the expectations and tone for things to come. It gives you a consistent point of reference moving forward. I’ve got a couple of posts related to this sort of thing:
- The cultural risks in taking over a new program late
- Ideas for new team integration
- Priorities for coaching a new team
The rest of it should be based on your specific needs. There are some different aspects to this. The post Creating a platform for a season plan provides something of a framework for this.
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