January 2012 Archives

Role of a coach

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As an athlete, one's coach is often a person in their life that is looked up to, and respected. The morals and values the coach believes in are present in the way they treat players and the game. This makes a coach a significant other- for example someone that you would trust would help you make the right decision. The importance of coaches realizing their impression on players is huge- if they fail to set a proper example, the athletes may display morals and values in the game that carry on after their existence on the team. I have had both coaches that I would deem "good" and "bad", and that makes all the difference in the team chemistry and success of players.

A lot of us who have been active in sports credit a lot of our moral development to coaches we have had in the sporting world. Obviously for most the primary role models in terms of moral development is our parents. They teach us basically values of right and wrong and for better or worse we get a lot of our beliefs from them. As we age and start to spread our wings other significant people in our lives begin to teach us societal norms and values. For those of who grew up playing sports non-stop coaches are huge in moral development. We learn the games, how to play, the rules, what is right and wrong. I learned good habits and bad habits from coaches. Often times teams and players take on the personality of their coaches. This can be good and bad.

As we become coaches we have to keep in mind that we are developing more than game plans and strategies. We are role models. I am always cognizant that my players are watching me and their parents are watching me. If I get upset with a call I cannot throw a temper tantrum or show up the umpire. My players see that and may take liberties of their own. Off the field I need to teach players that the sport is not the be all end all. If I let them get by with being a problem in the classroom or neglect their studies I am not a good coach. We are helping to mold young men and women. My philosophy is to lead by example. If player see me trying to shortcut the rules or let them get away with mouthing off to referees they may take that to the field themselves. You always have to be aware that impressionable people are watching you. Respect your players, their parents, the officials and the game itself. Do not allow your players shortcuts or to skirt the rules of the game or your program. Sports play a big part in the development of many young men and women. As coaches you need to realize this and remember that winning at all costs is not worth the damage it may do to your players

Stopping the cycle

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Do what you gotta do to win. As a coach, it is too easy to get sidetracked by one's own dignity and competitive drive, or pressure from fans and/or administration, that unethical decisions are made to ensure a big W. As we learned in class, this unfortunately contributes to an unending cycle of unethic-ness. The athletes that these coaches serve and teach become coaches themselves, which leads to more unethical actions- insert "monkey see, monkey do" phrase here. These athletes/new coaches behave in ways that they saw their coaches behave, which leads them to passing on these behaviors to their athletes who then become coaches who pass them on to their athletes... etc. etc. Luckily if we think about the glass half open on this one, we know that the morals some mamas taught their babies will be strong enough to fight the vicious cycle and all will be right in the world. Unfortunately, that isn't enough to combat all evil so our other option is to put KIN3143 on the line of duty. The question is... how?

First and foremost, as soldiers of KIN3143 we will read all articles and chapters in our books related to ethics. And then we will read them again. My inner education major makes me feel compelled to suggest that we H.U.G. it out here... highlight, underline and gloss that text. It is not until we implement those words into our minds and hearts that we can implement all that we learned towards our role as coaches. We must go into battle fully prepared.

As our role transitions from soldier to sergeant, it is our duty to train our soldiers with ethics on the forefront. I think that this can be done in various ways. The best way is probably, as many of my colleagues have noted, acting morally. Just as monkey saw and monkey did in the cycle explained above, monkey can also see good things and go and do them too. The second way is to talk about them. Obviously if one team is winning because they are being unethical and your team is not because they are being ethical, some questions of what is more important might arise. We will need to stay true to our philosophy and communicate with our athletes what drives our actions. We already know that coaches play a significant role in the development of their athletes. If we can act out and communicate what it means to have moral standards, we can transform the "do what you gotta do to win" attitude to a "win with integrity" attitude. We can stop the cycle.


The Role of Significant Others

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As coaches we can have a large impact on the lives of our players. We are often role models for our players and they view our actions and take those to heart, often viewing them and thinking about the actions as an acceptable form of behavior. Whenever I am coaching basketball I always am very conscious of what I am saying and doing, knowing that my players will take on my personality and I want to set a good example.

I had a high school baseball coach who was always animated while coaching, but extremely negative. It was difficult for me to play for him and his actions rubbed off on some of my teammates, much to the frustration of most of the team. I decided at that point that I would be a positive role model for my players, negative when I had to be, but as positive as I could possibly be, knowing that I could be a good influence on my players. Significant others, whether it be coaches, parents, or administrators, can have an influence on athletes just from their actions, and it is important that we all know that and try to set as good of an example as possible for our players.

Significant Others?

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As coaches we spend a lot of time with the players and we each influence each other. These influences can be positive or negative. Individuals vary on how much they are influenced by their environment, but everyone is affected in one way or another by their teachers and coaches.
One of the best parts of coaching football is the lessons learned on the field carry over into your personal life. Discipline, hard work, leadership and teamwork all contribute to success in life as well as sports. Unfortunately, negative attitudes and destructive language can also tear individuals down. It is important as a coach, even as a person, to be positive and share that with others.
Nothing worth attaining is easy to get, but with a conscious effort, a coach can manage their emotions and attitude to be a tremendous influence on their players. The challenge is part of the duty of a coach and the results are easily measured in the success of the people they have helped along the way.

Others in moral development

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I feel as if everyone around you has an impact on you and your morals whether it is changing your mind or making you think .5 or 50 percent. Your parents have had a great deal of influence in your life, starting this cycle of what you know/think is the right thing to do compared to the wrong and everything else that follows. You learn these things by the way your parents punish you, if they punish you at all, and this is when children start learning the "right and wrong" things.

Teachers and coaches are another factor with moral development because they are your parents away from home. They are the ones that teach you everything else your parents do not teach you. You learn the proper way to interact with classmates and teammates along with the wrong and inappropriate ways to do so.

There are plenty of other people in your life that can be used as examples of how you use them in parts of your moral development but knowing so, should want to motivate you to try to be the best person as a way of motivating others to be their best person.

The moral obligations of a coach

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I vividly remember giving a young boy a tennis lesson one day and witnessing him demonstrate the latest outburst that Marat Safin had shown in the French Open. He yelled out loud and threw his racket on the ground in disgrace. I told him that even though he saw someone else do it, it was an inappropriate and unsportsmanlike way to behave. However if I had have just laughed at him for doing it and brushed it off, there's a fair chance that he would have done it again. Coaches have a huge influence on the moral development of youth.
Like this scenario, it is just as much a coach's duty to let youth players know when behavior they see is unacceptable as it is to behave in a morally appropriate way. A coach speaking and behaving in acceptable way is just one element of what shapes a young child's moral development. Taking enough responsibility to interject when you see a child behaving poorly or having the courage to speak to a parent who is negatively involving themselves in their child's sport are just some examples of how a coach should fulfill their position as a moral role model.
Sport can be a great place to develop quality moral standards. Only a coach who is able to recognize this and take it upon themselves to help this process is a coach worthy of teaching sport to young children.

Do you recognize your significant others?

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Significant others in people's lives can play a huge role in the development of ones morals. For this reason I see two key items that I want to be able to recognize in my future:

1. I want to be able to pick out the significant others in my life and look into their morals. I want to see how I have learned from them in both a positive and negative manner, and if I want my morals, which based off of them, to stop, alter, or continue. I want to choose carefully who I allow to be a significant other in my life based on their morals, and know that I have the power to choose.

2. I want to be aware of what morals I am using and having my athletes learn while I am coaching. I want them to interpret my morals in the correct manner through sport, and learn positive morals from my modeling, dialogue, and reinforcement. I want to teach them to choose significant other wisely, and help them figure out what their morals are.

The future is yet to come, so living your morals in the present and being aware of how your significant others can, have, and will affect you is the best thing one can do.

Moral Devolopment

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How might we implement what we learned about the role of significant others in moral development?

I feel that most important thing to do for coaches and even parents is to make their player or child a good person while they are playing their sport and more importantly in real life. While playing sports you are going to face adversity, and I feel that it is the coach's responsibility to teach the players how to deal with it. While doing this, it will instill moral values that will get them through the adversity on and off the field. The moral values are very important because it will teach them hard work, patience, discipline, and trust. These are very important and a responsibility of the coach and parent to teach this to the players and children.

How to Make a Difference as a Coach

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My varsity coach for baseball and hockey were not what I would call great leaders. They did not instill great morals for kids to learn from. Many games were filled with bad language, constant bickering and yelling at the referees and umpires. These coaches may have been qualified to coach the sport but it was apparent to me that they had no idea the potential impact they may have on kids development of morals. Luckily for me my morals came from my parents who have taught me how to live in a respectful manner.

Looking forward at my future I will be working hard to learn how to be a successful coach as well as a great leader who will help young athletes build strong morals that will stick with them for the rest of their life. It is important for all coaches to understand that they are always be observed and that their behaviors can potentially have affects on the kids outside of sports in how they develop their beliefs and morals. By knowing this I will be certain that my assistant coaches along with myself will make a conscious effort to display good sportsmanship, respect for all players and good morals so that the kids can learn from us how to be leaders and have good morals.

In my opinion all coaches should be help accountable for their actions and if they are displaying bad morals, sportsmanship or being disrespectful that serious consequences should follow. For many children coaches are their idols and the coaches just like professional athletes should have certain standards they must meet regarding their behavior so that less kids in the future have poor morals.

Kevin Kray

Moral Development

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For a coach, I believe the main concern is making sure the people they coach are good people. Instilling good morals and values in your team can be a challenge but the coaches first priority should be being a good role model for his players. Morals and values are usually learned from the adults that surround children and also by their peers so it is critical to not only teach your players the game but also teach them how to treat people, how to act around others, and how to overall be a good human being. A lot of people might not think that coaches have to do with the moral development of children but I feel if I ever become a coach I will put this at the top of my list of priorities.

Significant Others in Moral Development

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I think that significant others play a huge role in moral development.

Moral Development in the Future

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As coaches moral development can be very influential to players as well as other coaches. If you are a head coach players and coaches look to you for guidance and leadership, so as coaches we have to make sure that our morals are in check. Coaches have to realize that their coaching styles and the lessons they teach the players will never be forgotten. So they have a very important role in the growth of these athletes as adults. I myself can say that my football coaching staff single handedly changed my life and taught me so many things about life in football. As coaches if we understand the importance of our influence, we will be aware enough to make sure that all our players have the right morals.

Where do your values come from?

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I know personally how influential significant others can be in your life whether you're a kid or an adult. I had a leadership class last semester where we explored our values and where we got them from. I realized how important people in my life have been to me. They are the sources of some values I adhere very strongly to today.

As a coach, I know I have a huge responsibility to the people I'll be involved with. Keeping in mind how influential adult figures can be will be very important. Clearly people pick up a lot from your behavior and ideas. Knowing that, I find it very important to always express myself in a way that I can be proud of, and would like to see in other people. Whether that's responsibility, hard work, or respect. Ghandi once said "be the change you want to see in the world." This hits home for me, I have many younger cousins that I want to grow up right, so I make sure to check my behavior when I'm around them.

Coaches have a huge responsibility to their athletes. Athletes don't always choose who they want to emulate, the adopt a lot of the things from the significant others in their lives. I want to be able to influence them to be great. I can do that by acting the way I think great people do.

role of significant others

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The role of significant others in moral development as we learned is very important. We learn through our significant others by their communication style, ways of modeling and reinforcement. It is very important as a coach to have good morals and implement those daily so your athletes pick up on what is right and what is good in the sport. Morals in sport transform to morals in daily lives and if we can teach kids at a young age about good morals they will be better off in the future. Also, teaching kids to surround themselves with "good kids" compared to "bad kids" will play a big impact on what they learn as good and bad and right and wrong as well.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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While growing up and developing your cognitive functions people are surrounded by people that are significant to them in some form or another. From these significant others, people are shaped into a miniature form of their significant others. For example, when it comes to a child and their parent, most children are brought up under the ideas and norms of their parents, and are at all times are building the foundation for what will someday be their moral functions. This is because at young ages parents will tell their children not to do this, and to do that becuase it's the right thing to do, because more than likely it's how their parents raised them and is not their viewpoint on a certain matter. The child is not aware of this as they are only focused on themself at a young age, but as they get older those ideas that have been embedded in their brain unconciously start to show through because it's just what they've always known since it's what their parents have told them while growing up. Therefore, morals are what people believe as right and wrong, and from a very young age these ideas and viewpoints are embedded into their brains because it's how their parents were raised, and is how they've been raised too. Those that are significant to people play the largest role in moral development because it is those that are close to people that have the most impact on how people will view certain matters and how they will go about handling them.

Role of Significant Others in Moral Development

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I think that significant others play a big role in moral development. As humans we are attracted to people with similar views as our own and when two people get together who share similar view points they can make each others views stronger. As far as moral development is concerned the role of a significant other can increase and strengthen the views of a person. I think that having a significant other definitely increases someones moral development because they have a second person whom they trust and care for backing certain ideas that allow them to grow morally.

Being a Role Model

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What is right and what is wrong--two very important questions when it comes to moral development. People have to use moral reasoning on a daily basis. People have to make moral decisions in the business world, in relationships, in education and in the sport world. People rely on significant others in many of their decisions. These significant others can be parents, coaches, teachers, teammates and friends. With having a head profession in sport, I will be a role model in moral reasoning and ethics every day. It is important for me to know that, by being the head of an athletic program, I will be looked at as a significant other by the majority of a student body. All my actions will be observed. With knowing this, I need to make moral decisions and help my athletes or coaches with their moral development. I will need to follow my ethical responsibilities to the best of my ability. I would hope that my moral decision making is inflicted on athletes and coaches and helps them to make better decisions on the ice, playing field, court or course. By being a significant other, I can help show what is right and wrong and hope that my fellow observers will be guided to have better moral reasoning in not only their sporting events, but life in general as well.

Moral Development Strategy

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As we learned in class, coaches have a huge impact on the moral development of their athletes. This is due to the amount of time spent together and the manner in which the athletes look up to their coaches and learn/model their behaviors. Down the road these athletes are likely to become coaches themselves and will model similar behaviors from their own past coaches. Using knowledge we have from research, if we can educate coaches in how best to morally educate their athletes we will have an increase in morally educated athletes in the future. This will be due to educated athletes developing into educated coaches and modeling morally acceptable behaviors to their kids/athletes. This will ultimately result in a change in the cyclical nature that is learning as athletes and teaching as coaches.

More specifically to myself, I will try to put my players in situations where they are faced with simple moral dilemmas so that they have more experience than others when placed in a similar situation in the future. Also by starting with these easier situations, they are exposed to them but not overwhelmed. This is key, so as to not have detrimental effects on the players, so that they react negatively in the future and with a lower level of moral reasoning. Talking with players individually and as a group will be one way to introduce them to these issues and help them choose the best way to respond in those situations. Another way is to use a section(s) of practice time at various point(s) during the year to talk and go through hypothetical situations with my team. There is no specific way to introduce and educate your team on developing good moral reasoning skills, but it is a necessary step that is often overlooked and forgotten in today's coaching world as the focus is solely on results and winning.

Role of Significant Others in Moral Development

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Significant others play a huge role in moral development. I've learned moral development to be the process or capability to make the right decision when faced with a challenge. Many people rely on significant others for moral support and advise. Significant people could range to a wide variety of people including: parents, siblings, coaches, friends, etc... When you have the role of being that significant other giving advice for moral reasoning situations you have a very valuable task. For example, I plan on becoming a golf coach later on in life, and golf has a lot of different situations that involve the struggle of making the right or wrong decision. It's your responsibility as a coach not to make the decision for your player, but to lay out the scenario for him or her so they can make the right decision ultimately. Time commitment to the sport to get better at it would be a great example. Hard work and dedication to a sport is the most valuable trait to have in an athlete, and once an athlete understands that it's a deadly combination. But it's the athletes job to recognize that, and it's the coach's job to help the athlete get there using their own moral reasoning.

My Coaching Philosophy

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After playing on many teams growing up, I have been apart of many different coaching philosophies and I feel that these three words that I chose are a good combination to make a successful coach: Discipline, Competitive, and Teamwork.

I feel that if I was to become a coach I would emphasize these three words all of the time. All three words have so many meanings to them in life on and off the field. I chose discipline because without it you I could not trust the team. Discipline means many things, not making dumb mistakes on and off the field, being able to choose the right thing to do when nobody is watching, having the want-to to attend class, finish your homework, study, eat right, workout, and give your all each day.

Competitive: I would want my team to become competitive on and off the field. This would take a lot of work on the coaches part, many activities and the right kind of leadership. I would want my team to have this competitive attitude because it will give them that extra spark to want to win. Not only does this help on the field but also off the field, in the classroom and the business world.

Teamwork: Last but not least I would choose teamwork. Teamwork brings together everything a team needs to be successful. Honesty, loyalty, pride, toughness, accountability, and just coming together as a team.

I would tell the athletes to trust me, if they buy into this coaching philosophy we will be able to become a great team. It will take a lot of hard work but it will all be worth it in the long run and it will teach you much more than just playing this sport.

My Dream Job

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As I was growing up in Mahtomedi playing on George Smith Field I always wanted to become a professional football player. I grew up watching and idolizing football players wishing that one day I could become one. After hard work and dedication I received the opportunity to play at The U. Division One football is one step away from that next level, the NFL. I have seen and played players in the NFL and have realized how difficult it is to become a professional but that only makes me work that much harder. My main goal since I was little is to make it to the NFL. My dream is to play in the NFL for a reasonable amount of years, retire and go back to Mahtomedi and coach the football team where I grew up. I know that this is a long shot, but I will try to achieve this goal.

This course is going to help me in many ways to achieve this goal. The main way it is going to help me is by teaching me the the many things involved in coaching a team, on and off the field.

Girls to Women...

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John Wooden is arguably one of the greatest coaches of all times across ALL sports. He is a man that believed that basketball wasn't just a game. It was a life lesson. You were going to leave the gym a better man or a boy. He was creating and developing men...

As coaches I feel as though we all have this great philosophy to build better athletes and students, but something we should strive for is building better men and women. That's why my coaching philosophy as of this moment is as follows...

To develop girls to women by opening their minds and hearts; create citizens of class, respect, maturity, determination and perseverance; create a desire to be better; to play with heart and emotion while using intelligence; to teach that success is know that you gave everything you had in you that day.

If I can leave the gym everyday after we have a practice or a game and say that I taught them to do this or them showing me they do this, I've succeed that day.

My Coaching Philosophy

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If I were to describe my coaching philosophy in three words, I would use dedication, teamwork, and fun. I hope to one day coach at the high school level. I understand that, at that level, kids will have other things on their minds besides sports. That is very reasonable; I was the same way. However, I believe that once you step into the gym, all of everything else needs to be put aside. When you are in the gym, 100% of your efforts need to be focused towards doing everything you possibly can to improve. Teamwork is very important to me. I believe that it is crucial for athletes to know how to work together, both with themselves and with me. In a lot of ways, a team is like a family. We need to support each other and push each other and trust each other. That is the only way that we will succeed as a team. Lastly, I believe that the best way to keep kids interested in something is to make it fun. Practices will be serious and games will be serious, but at the same time, I want there to always be a positive attitude in my gym. Even though I expect my athletes to take things seriously, I want there to be laughing in my gym. If my team is having fun, they will automatically improve.

Disciplined Fun

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My coaching philosophy draws from a lot of different things. I've taken snippets from past coaches I've had, as well as added my own twist. One of the most important things that would affect my coaching philosophy would be the age of the kids I'm coaching. Words that come to mind that outline my philosophy would be fun, learning, commitment, trust, accountability, and discipline. If I were coaching at the youth level, I would keep the focus on fun mostly in an attempt to prevent burnout from the sport. However, a young age is a great time to teach kids accountability and how to work together as a team and trust each other. I think this is important to instill at a young age when coaching, because when the kids get older and coaches get tougher, they need to draw on that trust and accountability they learned when younger. If I were to coach at the high school or college level, I would probably be considered a "tough coach". I would instill self discipline in my athletes, as well as discipline them when they do things wrong. I don't mean that as in I would punish them for making a mistake, however. I mean that if they did something to hurt the team or did something unsportsmanlike, or weren't following rules, or were not giving the effort I know they can, then they would be disciplined. I read a book about Herb Brooks last year and I really like his coaching style. He may have seemed mean on the outside, but his athletes knew that he did everything with a purpose. He had a degree in psychology and he knew how to use it when coaching. I would hope that when I coach I would be able to use my knowledge of sport psychology to know how to motivate my athletes and keep them united. The most important part of my coaching philosophy is that the athletes want to be there. Not every day is going to be a ball of fun, but the overall feeling towards the sport should be one of fun and love of the sport they play.

The three C's to Coaching!

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To sum up my coaching theory into just three words can be a very difficult thing. However some main points that i can think of that really make up a great coaching theory would be Compassion, Composure, and Communication. These things can create great athletes and produce winning teams. A team must have compassion and love within the sport to really push themselves to that next level that is beyond just the game. They also must have composure because when you play sports things will not always work out the way you want them to whether it be in games, or just in practices. However, the true character is revealed of your players when you hit this rut. if they can just keep their composure and stick through the rough times they will be able to conquer many things together. Another very important aspect to a team and coaching is communication. A team must be on the same brain waves and communicate thoroughly. This way they'll be able to know where everyone is at both on and off the field. There's plently more that goes into a coaching philosophy and theory, but these are three that i feel can really make a difference among athletes.

Baseball coaching philosophy

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The three words (well technically four) that can best sum my coaching philosophy are dedication, desire, and perseverance. That being said, first and foremost the game needs to be fun. What is the point of playing or coaching if the game is not fun? I love the game of baseball and I expect my baseball players to love the game. And if you love the game and get joy out of playing it dedication, desire, and perseverance should not be a problem. I expect my players to be dedicated to the game, to the program, and to each other. I also expect my players to show dedication to academics, family, and community. I expect my players to be good citizens of the field and remember they represent their school and baseball team in everything they do. My rule is baseball is 4th. Family, faith, and school will always come before baseball with me. I expect my players to have a desire to be the best they can be on the field. I want them to have the desire to improve everyday in all aspects. I want them to have the desire to give me everything they can and leave nothing on the field. And lastly I want my players to show perseverance. Conditioning does matter in baseball. Practices and training are not going to be easy. We are going to run. We are going to win games on the base paths. Our pitchers are going to go deep into games. Baseball is a game where if you are good you are going to fail 7 out of 10 times. You have to persevere through preseason training, through bad stretches, through though practices. My players will never quit. If you show me you love the game, are dedicated to the game and all your obligations, desire to get better everyday, and persevere through adversity you will be a part of the team. We will be successful and most importantly we will do it the right way. And we will do it as a team. We will not get outworked. We will not get out-hustled. We will make our school and our community proud.

"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and could be again."
-Quote from Field of Dreams

Coaching Philosophy

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If asked what my coaching philosophy is, I would probably answer with "hmmm, thats a good question". This would give me either enough time to run away, or think of the things that I have valued in a coaches philosophy. After many years of playing basketball and lacrosse, I have seen the good, bad, and ugly of team management. I've had good coaches and I've had "get me off this team" coaches. The way they coach and where they place importance plays a crucial role in making a winning, and happy team. After having time to think about my personal coaching philosophy, I would summarize it in three words: dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Dedication, because no matter what I want players to be dedicated to the team. This includes practices, meetings, and staying eligible. They don't do it mainly because I suggest it, but because they want to. Teamwork, because in order to win at a team sport, you must all play on the same team. This means for the time at practices and games, everyone treats each other with respect, and plays as a unit to succeed. Sportsmanship, because without it any team should be thrown out of the game. Poor sportsmanship is unacceptable at any level, especially from a coach. I've been on the team where the coach is the one cursing at the ref because of a minor call. I've played against a team where some players spat in their hands before lining up and shaking them after the game. With dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship, you have the tools to create a well rounded bunch of winners.

Coaching Philosophy

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A coach never imagines themselves being unsuccessful and having a team that performs poorly game after game. They have a vision of coaching great champions, leading teams to amazing victories and being able to see their players improve and reach their potential. Yet what value is it to have such dreams if there is no path to success. Since I hope to coach competitive athletes, I consider this path to be formed by hard work, healthy players and personal accountability.

Hard work is a key component of success for me as a coach and for my players. Physical and mental effort is required from both sides to ensure we are both pushing in the right direction.

I've been on many teams where the value of health and staying uninjured has not been considered as vital as it really is. As competitive athletes, a lot of stress is placed on the body and good health and conditioning is also important to ensure that the athletes will be able to continue to enjoy sport and physical activity, even when they are older. I will encourage good health by focusing on the importance of nutrition and good recovery practices outside training hours.

Above all, Personal accountability is the value I see as most important. There is only so much that I can do as a coach to better a player. They need to want to make all the right decisions when you aren't watching. Without them taking responsibility for their actions their cannot realize their potential.

Basketball Coaching Philosophy

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Trying to sum up my coaching philosophy into three words is not an easy thing to do. There are a handful of words that can describe what I would focus on as a coach, and from my personal experience working with other coaches I know that they focus on a large variety of things as well. When it comes down to it, my the three words that best describe my coaching philosophy are commitment, discipline, and teamwork.

Every player on my team will need to be committed to excellence, both to themselves and to the team. Commitment involves not just being committed during practice, but also in the weight room and in the classroom. Without commitment towards school, players cannot expect to see the floor, no matter how hard they work on their basketball skills. A committed team will put the work in to succeed, no matter the price, and that will allow us to consistently have successful seasons on and off the court.

I will put a disciplined basketball team on the floor every game. We will be focused, disciplined, and have great execution. I have seen many teams that have more talent than their opponent, but lost the game because of a lack of discipline. We will be fundamentally sound and play the game the right way.

Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski once said, ""A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play." Teamwork is essential to having a successful basketball team. 5 hard-working, committed, disciplined basketball players working together in unison with the common goal of winning can be a great thing. In my opinion, one of the reasons the US Men's National Basketball Team struggled in the past few years against European teams was the style of play. The European teams emphasize ball movement and teamwork, while the US tried to make one-on-one plays. Teamwork trumps talent when that talent isn't used wisely. My teams will use teamwork and discipline while on the court, and combine that teamwork and discipline with a commitment to excellence both on and off the court, and that philosophy will carry me and my teams to success.

Philosophy in three words

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Trying to sum up my philosophy in three words was a hard thing to do. I felt like I could not fit everything that I wanted in just those three words because I did not want those three to limit the rest of what I want to stand for when coaching. My three words that I chose are teamwork, control and drive.

I chose teamwork as one of my words because being a good teammate is one of the main parts of being a basketball player. Yes, you have your individual statistics but behind those individual stats is your teammate that passed you the ball for you to score. As a coach, I would like to continue to teach players to be a good teammate; being a good teammate includes characteristics such as being supportive, being reliable, staying tenacious and being selfless. I would also continue to remind players that they would have to keep these characteristics as they grow up and get jobs working as a teammate in a different sense. Secondly, I chose control as another word for my philosophy. I will remind and perhaps teach players emotional, mental and physical control that players will use in game situations and even in life situations. Learning control will advance a player's game and advance a player's life. Lastly, I will make sure my players understand that drive is one important factor used in the game of basketball and in the game of life. Drive will push you to dribble coast to coast for the winning basket; drive will push you to finish your homework early instead of waiting until the last minute.

As a basketball coach, I want to be able to give my players lessons they can use in practice, in games and in life. There is life after basketball and although they may not think about life after basketball at the time, they can look back at the lessons used for basketball and apply them to their current life situations.

This is Me: A Continuation of the Blog Entry "That Could Be Me"

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WE ARE MINNESOTA. As an athlete at the university, I recently found myself questioning what that meant in the realm of my sport. This led me to seek out a conversation with my coach where I asked what Minnesota [rowing] exactly is. Obvs, we're it. But what is it? Having been on the team for a couple of years, I could almost guess what she was going to say, but I needed words. I was looking for words that I could substitute for the word "Minnesota", as well as words that I could use when trying to understand my/our purpose. I felt that hearing my own coach describe to me what Minnesota rowing was would help me understand what I was "buying into". This seemed important to my development as a DI athlete- I truly believe that to achieve great things you need to do it wholeheartedly and knowing the philosophy of Minnesota rowing would help me take that commitment one step further. It's safe to say that I don't regret having this conversation with my coach.

If one of my athletes were to ask me what my coaching philosophy was, I wouldn't really know what to say. With that being said, thank goodness I don't have any athletes (yet). Okay, I have some idea of what kind of basic principles I want to direct my team by, but I think that the level of the team that I am coaching, the definition/extent of these principles will alter slightly. Going off of the exercise we did in class, my response would probably be something like this:

We are excellence.
Whether we are in class, at home, at work, at practice, we will strive for excellence. If we are going to spend the time doing something, we will do it right and we will do it well.

We are disciplined.
There are going to be work-outs we don't feel like doing and studying we think we could skip, but we will remain disciplined to do what needs to be done.

We are supportive.
Our team is part of our family. Regardless of our ability level, we will support one another. The amount of support that we provide to one another will determine the amount of excellence (see above) we achieve.

This is me and this is my philosophy, for now.

A Philosophy for Sport & Life

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The first three words that came to my mind when asked to put my coaching philosophy into three words were "Never Give Up". I always think of Jim Valvano's speech at the '93 ESPY's when I think of a great inspirational coach and speech. Those three words were echoed over and over again throughout his speech and have stuck with me ever since.

I applied this short three-word statement to my sports in high school. I played football, basketball and baseball and at some point in each of those sports we were losing by a large amount. It would've been easy to give up and quit competing, my coaches all knew that I would never quit and they always left me in the game. I wasn't left in the games because I was talented enough to bring the team back, I was left in because I never quit, never gave up and always kept competing and pushing/encouraging my teammates to do the same. One thing I could always say after a game was "I never gave up" and I was always proud of that fact. I want to coach one of these sports in the future and I want my athletes to be able to hold their heads up after a game and experience this same satisfaction and pride, regardless of the result of the game.

This philosophy can also be applied to life. There is always something more you can do to improve yourself. Never give up, keep working and keep improving. Never give up on your goals, if you fall short, regroup and try again. Keep working and it will pay off.

I believe my philosophy has a bit of syncretism light to it. I always try to step back and look at the whole situation before making major decisions. I like to pull things from different ideas/strategies that have had success in the past. I also believe strongly in the realism school of thought idea of gaining knowledge from experiences. I always try to learn from my daily experiences, whether they are good or bad something can always be learned, something can always be improved upon. I also agree with the pragmatist thought that we must interact to understand today's constantly changing world.

The Philosophy Behind Coaching

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Growing up playing many different sports throughout my life, I have been coached by many different philosophies. Some of my coaches have been good, others have been terrible. It is through both the good and the bad that I have learned my philosophy behind coaching.

I believe one of the most important aspects to coaching is having fun. No one is going to enjoy being on your team if they aren't having fun. There needs to be balance between having fun and staying focused and serious.

Being passionate about the sport you are coaching is important as well. It is very noticable when someone isn't passionate about what they are doing. You work harder and enjoy the sport when you are passionate about it. As a coach, the players, parents, and other spectators are much happier when they can that you are passionate about the sport and coaching.

Having a supportive coach and players really makes a team. When everyone is encouraging one another, you grow together as a team. When someone does something poorly, it is important to be supportive and teach the how to do it correctly; when someone does something correctly, it is important to acknowledge it. I believe support is a huge key to sucess in coaching.

There are many different ways in which I would go about coaching. The three most important terms in my philosophy of coaching are: fun, passion, and support.

Sports Leads to Maturity

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Growing up all of my coaches leading up and through high school never really had a set philosophy at least not one they shared with the team. When arriving here at the University of Minnesota it has been made very clear what our coaches here are trying to accomplish and this in my opinion is a very professional way of sharing with team and all of the players what they should be striving for.
My philosophy on coaching high school aged kids is to make sure they are having fun, with both practice and the games. Helping them develop team work skills which can be applied outside of the sport and to help teach the kids lifelong lesson which help them progress into adults.

Having fun is a very important piece of my philosophy because sports themselves are more than anything a way to stay fit and become a way for them to stay in shape even after their career as a athlete is over. Team work is the second part of my philosophy, it helps the kids learn how to interact with others. Being a part of a team in many situations is like a family, you learn many lessons on how to deal with multiple different personalities to accomplish your goals. This is very helpful both while on the team but has many different applications outside the game, for example in a group project or in the work force. The last part of my philosophy it teaching lifelong lessons. In any sport there are events that take place that help the team grow. Overcoming adversity and loses are important lessons that people will take with them everywhere they go. In the work force many of the skills that are learned in practice and in games can be applied directly. Learning how to listen and perform different strategies, how to work with others and how to work hard to reach goals are all lessons that will help kids grow as adults and are very valuable in the workforce.


Football Coaching Philosophy

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It is probably a bit unfair to try to attempt to summarize your coaching philosophy in just 3 words, but for me it would be discipline, dedication and teamwork. One of the best things about coaching football is that the lessons learned on the field carry over into real life. First, as coaches and players we must be disciplined. Whether it be on-field assignments or showing up to meetings on time, the same standard must be true for everyone involved. Secondly, football requires a lot of physical and mental exertion as well as a large time committment. Without being truly dedicated to what the team is doing, we can not be successful. Finally, each player and coach is a small part of our football "family". By working well together, we at least give ourselves a chance to succeed. I believe our team can out-smart, be more aggressive and be more fundamentally sound than our opponents. Before that can happen though, we must have the discipline, dedication and teamwork to get the job done.

Philosophical Quotes

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"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility."

-Eleanor Roosevelt

I wanted to start with this great quote by Eleanor Roosevelt because I truly believe that our philosophies, especially while coaching, are not to be expressed in words, but in our actions. That being said, the assignment was to state our philosophy in words, so here is my coaching philosophy:

"I believe in commitment. Each player should develop an understanding and value for commitment to their teammates, to practice, to good grades, to family, and to every second they play the game. I will be committed to getting to know each one of my players personally, and I am committed to helping them become the best they can be by pushing their boundaries and making their best efforts even better. I believe in strong work ethic. I expect the players to show up ready to practice and play everyday, and give it 110% everyday just as I plan to give them. I believe in improvement. Every year there should be improvement in skill, experience, and decision-making on and off the court. I am there for every player to come to with questions, concerns, and comments, and I am there to teach them about the game and about life by guiding them in the right direction by giving them both negative and positive feedback. I believe that every player should have the same belief in themselves and the team, as I have in them."

I feel that sharing my philosophy with my athletes on the first day of practice is very important so they know my expectations, and they understand my way of coaching. I am very open for questions and willing to explain to not only my players, but to parents, spectators, administrators, or to anyone that questions or has concerns about my philosophy. However, I really feel that to truly articulate my philosophy one must see me in action.

I believe that I follow the Syncretism school of philosophy because I like to pick and choose my favorite parts of all the different schools of philosophy to make one well-rounded school, rather than sticking to one set of principles from one specific school. I believe that players learn a lot just from playing and building experience, which is the part of the realism school I like to follow. However, I believe also in the idealism school where it is teacher-focused and that the student gains experience on his/her own, but also is receiving feedback from the coach. Finally, I believe communication and change is key for every organization, (on and off the court/field) which is where pragmatism school also falls into my beliefs. Finding the right balance of these three can be difficult, but that is why I believe I follow the Syncretism school of philosophy.

"The whole is more than the sum of its parts."

Three Words to describe my Sport Philosophy

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The first three words that came to mind when thinking of my Sport Philosophy were: mental, strategy, and technique. These three areas are very important especially in the golfing world which is the sport I plan to coach later on down the road.

I chose mental because this is one area I struggled with during high school golf. It's very important to focus on the next shot and not to dwell on past ones. No matter how bad you're doing you always need to focus on the upcoming shot because one bad thought during a golf swing can screw everything up.

I chose strategy because this is key to keeping your golf score down. A lot of players like to grip it and rip it, but the good players understand when and when not to take chances. You're way better off laying up into the fairway then hitting one out of bounds. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is one of the most important things in golf. You need to know what you're capable of and what you're not capable of because one attempt at an impossible shot can screw up your whole round.

The last word to describe my Sport Philosophy is technique. My coaching will have a large emphasis on technique because there are so many different types of golf shots, and every shot is used in different situations. There are many different chip shots including: flop shot, bump and run, or pitch. When striking the ball from a distance you can hit the ball straight or with a hook or slice. There are so many different shots one can play during golf and mastering all of them is the key.


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Drive, Believe, Teamwork. Those words are what I base my philosophy on. Pragmatists base their philosophy on the fact that the world is constantly changing and interacting in it is the only way to understand it. As a cheerleading coach, I will coach to and instill in my team's heads the impact that Drive.Believe.Teamwork. have on athletes. Having the drive and determination to want to succeed will help them push themselves to their limits. Believing you can do the skill and excel at it is more than half of the battle with any athlete I know I will be working with. And finally teamwork, remembering "there is no I in team" my athletes will have to learn to work together and trust each other if they are to strive as a team. Drive. Believe. Teamwork. Those three words help make up my pragmatism coaching philosophy.

Formula for Success

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My philosophy is based upon three words, commitment, accountability, and trust. I expect all my players to make a commitment to being a student-athlete. I expect school and this sport to be in your top priorities and you do everything you need to do in both areas to succeed. I also want my players to commit to being the best teammate and player that they can be. I also expect each player to be accountable for keeping that commitment and be accountable to your role on the team as well. Players have to be accountable for grades and attending class and actions on the field. Failure in being accountable will result in suspension from the team and dismissal from the team if necessary. Trust is the most important quality of a team. When players trust each other they have great chemistry and nobody on the team has to try and do anybody else's job. Another component of trust is trusting that the coaching staff will put you in the best situation possible to be successful as a team. With that trust I also expect every player to buy into what the program is trying to do. Following commitment, accountability, and trust as a player has led me to great success as a player. The coach who taught me that has been very successful as well; in 3 seasons as a head coach he has a record of 40-4. That's why I follow this philosophy and if followed correctly it will lead you to be very successful as well.

the golf swing

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I imagine myself on a driving range, fully lined with kids who have very little experience in swinging a golf club. As they stand there eager to whack the ball, I try my best to coach them on how to swing the club. As a realist, I don't necessarily believe that there is only one way to teach these kids how to golf, but there are certain aspects of a certain swing that work better. I need to tell them that having the tee a certain length will work better. They also need to know that counting to three before they make contact will be better. They need to see that having a follow through will help the ball go farther. I think I am a realist because I would let the kids realize that these methods of swinging are better than the others. I want them to see for themselves that the skills I am teaching them really will help the ball go farther and straighter. As a realist, it is important that I don't only teach one way and ignore the others. I want the kids to come to a realization that the things I explain, really work the best in perfecting the golf swing.
If I had to describe my realist coaching methods to others, I would use the words learning and developing, improving and dedication. By showing learners the ways that statistically work best, I would hope that they catch on and develop these skills over time. After seeing that what I suggested works, I would hope they would have a desire to become dedicated to the sport of golf and learn more to keep improving.

Jodys dream

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I have a dream, and this class will help me get one step closer to that dream. I inspire to be an elementary physical education teacher as well as a department head of kids activities at lifetime fitness. This class is required for me to graduate in Spring 2012 with a KIN degree.

PE & Golf Coach

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My name is Travis Seubert, and I've decided to take this Sport Organization & Administration class because I plan on becoming a Phy Ed./Health high school teacher. I also have interest in possibly becoming a golf coach at this level as well so this class will help me earn my coaching minor.

A little background about me includes playing high school golf all four years of my high school career. I also played basketball and football for a couple years. I really enjoy the competitive nature of sports. This is what pushed me to take my future career path in teaching. I thought I might as well do what I love, and golf is a big part of my love for sports. I play golf almost every day during the summer so I know a lot about the sport, but I need to know more about the coaching behind the sport. This class will help me with nitty-gritty stuff that goes with coaching that some people aren't aware of. Things including: transportation, scheduling events, and the time commitment it has. I look forward to what this class has to offer, and I'm well on my way to a coaching minor.

Life Changing Course

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I have looked up to my high school physical education teacher for a long time. He has the life I strive to achieve. He is a physical education teacher and football and baseball coach as well. Since finishing my senior of high school I knew that I wanted to take on a very similar career to my high school phy ed teacher. This class will help me learn to reach my goals and become a successful physical education teacher and coach.

Although I am not certain what will be talked about in class this semester I'm sure I will gain a better understanding of how to successfully organize sporting activities and deal with the many problems that occur. I will learn how to become a better leader in order to gain the respect of the kids that I will be teaching.

At the end of the semester I will be more prepared to teach a physical education class along with become a successful coach. I will do this through learning to become a better leader and organizing activities to get the most out my students and athletes.

Basketball Coach

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Ever since my sophomore year of high school I have wanted to be a basketball coach. That year, I broke both of my wrists and eventually needed two surgeries to repair a tendon in my right wrist. Those injuries forced me to become a student manager for my high school basketball team. At first, I wanted to be a manager just so I could stay a part of the team, but I soon found that I enjoyed working from the sidelines, and being able to pick the coaches' brains during practice and before/after games. I enjoyed learning about the scouting report on the other team, who were their best players and how we were going to defeat them. I have worked multiple camps both at the high school and college level and enjoy getting on the court and helping athletes improve their game.

I think that this class will help me prepare for the coaching profession. An important part of the coaching profession, or any profession for that matter, is managing your budget. Each team has a budget and an allotted sum of money that they can spend on recruiting, travel, salary, etc. A coach needs to be able to monitor that budget and make sure that the money is being used effectively and that too much money doesn't get spent. I enjoyed previous classes that taught me about the psychology side of coaching and athletics, and I am looking forward to this class and learning more about the business side.

Coaching baseball

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One of the things I want out of life is to coach. Ever since I tore up my knee my senior year in high school playing baseball I have wanted to coach baseball. That injury forced me to be a spectator for the first time in my life. After a short period of self pity I started looking at the game differently, as a coach. Baseball is like no other game. There is so much strategy and even making the right move can go wrong. I got into coaching shortly after high school coaching 9th grade at Coon Rapids High School. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

This class is part of the coaching minor requirements. I hope this class gives me insight into the more administrative aspects of coaching. As a coach it is more than just the game on the field. That part I think I am already prepared for. I played for over 20 years and have coached two seasons as a head coach and will be coaching 9th grade at Andover High School this spring. I want to learn about other aspects of coaching. I want to get better and learn about the off the field aspects of coaching like fundraising, dealing better with parents, handling behavior problems off the diamond, dealing with team budgets, and other things like that. I am taking a few coaching courses this spring and I hope this class just adds to my coaching arsenal.

The Usefulness of KIN 3143

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Ever since I was a young child, I have always envisaged myself as an athlete or a person working in a sports related field. Sport has always been a large part of my life and as senior getting ready to graduate at the end of this semester, I am thinking very seriously about the career I would like to pursue.

Being a Kinesiology major has allowed me to appreciate many areas of study in this field. I have chosen to take Organization and Administration of Sport because I think it will be quite different to any of the classes I have taken so far, yet still within my scope of interest.

This is not a class that I am required to take, I chose it simply to explore another area within Kinesiology. I am hoping that this class will help determine whether an administrative or management role in sport is something that I may be interested in.

Coach at heart.

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Since before I could stand on my own sports was a main focus in my life. I grew up in the stands of my father, and older two sisters' sporting events. To me, sports are not only a passion, but a way of life. Through my absolute love for sports I have also developed this passion for teaching the game as well. That is why after several years of volunteer coaching for my local community education programs I've decided what I'd ideally like to do with my life. My dream in life is to teach Physical Education at both the elementary or high school level, and coach some teams throughout the school year while I teach (soccer, basketball, track, or whatever else gets thrown my way). Therefore, by attaining a coaching minor at the University of Minnesota it would help me understand the basics of coaching so that I can be a better coach for my athletes, and so that they can become better as individuals and as a team. the coaching minor would not only teach me how to be a better coach, but it would also make me more applicable for positions when applying for a future career because I could teach their classes and coach within their programs. There is no better feeling than to coach and help children develop no only their skill within the sport, but also develop friendships that will last them a lifetime, and life skills that will carry them through their lives.

Tools in the box...

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Stringer v UConn

(Photo from http://scarletknights.com/basketball-women/coaches/stringer.asp)

Charlaine Vivian Stringer, Patricia Summit, Sylvia Hatchell, Luigi "Geno" Auriemma and Kay Yow. Some people have one major influence on their life. I have five. Some people change thier minds about what they want to be when they grow up. I've known I've wanted to coach since I first played organized basketball. The world of coaching is crazy and unpredictable. It's also more work than people realize. That's why I'm here. You can't create goals without dreams, accomplish your goals without a foundation, you can't build a foundation without tools and you can't get tools without an education. So I am hoping that this class will give me more tools to add to the box and that I can utilize in a journey that's already begun...

That Could Be Me

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How many times can you get away with ripping a picture of a middle age male track and field coach off of Google images? Only to cut and paste a photo of yourself to make it look (almost) like it's YOU, who is the track coach. I'm gonna go with "not that many." In fact, maybe only once (say, for instance, you had a mandatory blog assignment) and that's pushing it. Oh well, because when it comes time (give it a few years) for a different student in this class to use their "one time", and they type "track and field coach" into the Google image search, well.... the image they find... could. be. me.

I'm going to coach high school students. It might be in rowing, maybe in track and field, or perhaps in cross country- that part is TBD. I have been involved with sports my whole life, which has played a huge part in shaping who I am. I mean this both literally and figuratively... I didn't always have thunder thighs, you know. Kind of kidding.. but seriously, I couldn't have done it without my past and present coaches. I want to follow in the footsteps of my coaches who have not only expected athletic excellence, but have provided themselves as a role model for what it means to be an all-around good person.

This class will be one step towards the direction of those footsteps. That probably sounds cliche. However, if we're thinking of it in the practical sense, this class is going to help fulfill the requirements needed to achieve the coaching minor I am seeking, which will make me that much more attractive of a candidate when being considered for a coaching position. (I didn't make it sound like the only reason why I'm taking this course is because it is required for my coaching minor, did I?)

I'll be honest, "administration and organization of sport" is not a particular interest of mine, but I know that what I learn from this course will be information that I can apply when I am wearing that great coach polo. Whether this course provides me with information I need to know to complete my job as a coach, or if it helps me to understand the roles of the administration I report to and work under, this course will be a benefit. As I read through "Administration and Management of Physical Education and Athletic Programs" and dream about the day this information becomes relevant, I will remind myself that the world's next great coach.... could. be. me.

Coaching as a Career

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This course and having coaching as a minor will help me because I want to be a football coach. My football coach in high school helped change my life and taught me things about life using football. I want to use my passion for the game of football and my passion to help change lives all at once. Whether it be on a college or high school level, young men today can learn discipline, respect, and responsibility that will help them become better men as they prepare for their future.

Time to find a job...

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I hope this class can assist me in finding a job with a college football team once I graduate. I have always loved the game and along with my high school coaching experience, I hope this class can teach me how to land a gig in college football. I believe this class will be very helpful in giving me some of the skills I will need to find a career in the sports world. I hope to find a job as an offensive or defensive intern once I graduate. First, the readings and lectures will provide important material as it pertains to the job of administrators. Interestingly, coaches also perform administrative duties and have a ton of responsibility off the field as well as on it. By having an experienced professor and a helpful textbook, I feel I have an opportunity to take advantage of the lessons that can be learned. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, some of our assignments consist of making contacts within the industry we hope to find employment in. Of course it is not just what, but also who you know that can help you advance in any industry. Assignments that allow us to make contacts within the industry as well as get a taste of what it is like to be a coach, administrator, etc. will be extremely helpful. Students like myself will be able to make valuable contacts and gain valuable experience in job hunting, interviewing and I hope I can really get a feel for what it would be like to be a college football coach.

Making a Difference

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I am a mathematics major. I want to teach math to high school students in inner-city schools. My mother is an adapted physical education teacher and my sister recently declared her major to be elementary education. We are a family of teachers. In addition to becoming a teacher, I hope to become a coach. (That is why I am taking this class.) I enjoy every part of being around kids. It makes me sick when I hear adults talk bad about "kids these days" and I cannot stand when they disregard the opinions and struggles of youth. I want to show kids that they have worth and value, even if they have no other adult in their life who does that. I will not only be teaching math and coaching a sport, but I will also hopefully be teaching them how to become better people. This Coaching Certificate will help me become more hire-able. I have learned a lot of valuable information through the coaching classes I have taken that I believe will make me a better coach. If I decide to not teach my whole life, I may consider administration. This class will be a good introduction for that. Regardless, knowledge of organization and administration will help me work better with education and athletic administration, which will be a useful tool in the future.

When I grow up...

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I am a Junior, or I guess technically a "first semester senior" as I am graduating next winter, in the Kinesiology program. My life goal is to become a certified athletic trainer. Once I obtain a masters degree in Athletic Training, I plan to apply for jobs all over the country at all athletic levels and see where I fit best. As an athletic trainer, injury prevention and rehab will not be my only focus. I will also need to organize important things and possibly assist with team functions. I need this class to teach me how to work within an athletic budget and make the most of the resources I am given to perform successfully at my future job. I anticipate using much of what I learn in this class in my future career especially when it comes to administrative duties and learning to work with everyone in the athletic field.

KIN 3143

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I am a Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies major pursuing a minor in Sport Management. I honestly did not know this was a coaching type class but knew instead that I had to take this class as part of my focus electives for my major. Knowing now, I have a secret satisfaction that this is a coaching class because I was hoping to get a coaching minor or certificate after I put a dent in my major school work.

Growing up around a sport loving family, especially with my dad being a coach, I always knew that I wanted a career in athletics. I have always wanted to follow in his footsteps and pursue a career of coaching but now that I am learning about the billion other jobs in athletics, I want to explore around. Two of the careers in athletics that I want the most right now are either an Athletic Director or a Basketball Coach.

Staying in The Game

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As a senior in the Kinesiology program, I'm beginning to wrap things up and focus on my future. My goal for my future is to enroll in a doctorate of physical therapy program and become a physical therapist. I'm taking the Kin 3143 class and earning a coaching minor because I have a deep passion for sports. Growing up my family was always active and my parents pushed us to be in sports. From a very young age I was tagging along with my older brother and always active in the same sports: football, baseball and basketball.

Every child has huge dreams of reaching the upper echelon of sports and becoming one of the professionals that they see on television. I obviously didn't reach my childhood and youth dreams of reaching NCAA and professional sport levels, but the coaching minor is my way of staying in the game. I did not reach these levels but I might be able to help someone else achieve their dreams of becoming a top level athlete and competitor. Also some of my coaches have had a large impact on my life and personality, they helped make me who I am today. One of my life goals is to have that same impact on the athletes that I coach.

Org. and Admin of Sport

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I'm a sophomore Kinesiology- sports science major, with an interest in the coaching minor. In the future I hope to become a strength and conditioning coach for a university, and believe this class is a great opportunity for this goal. I played lacrosse and basketball in high school, and deeply respected our strength coach and the work they did. Now I continue to use the knowledge of strength coaches as a lacrosse player for the university. I have a passion for athletics and exercise, and enjoy working with others to help reach their fitness goals.

Giving Back

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Growing up in a big and athletic family, I was around sports almost constantly. I am the 4th youngest out of 94 cousins, so being coached, not only in sports but through life, was something I have been very familiar with.
I am a Human Resources Development major and a coaching minor undergraduate, so after I complete all my schooling my plan is to get a good job in HR for any big corps office. However, I really hope to get into the development part of HR instead of the management part of HR, so I can really work directly with the people in the organization to not only better the organization but also to better each of the employees personally. I also hope to be a coach for younger kids in basketball and volleyball as a side job, so I can watch them grow and help them just like my older family members coached and helped me. I feel that the coaching minor will help me gain those skills needed to coach people not only on the court, but also off the court, in the office, and at home.
Growing up, everyone can name that one person they looked up to, that gave them advice, that helped them when they needed it, that coached them through the the tough times, and I want to give back the coaching that was given to me.
Below is a picture of me as a kid in my favorite jersey.
Young Laura BB.jpg

the steps in becoming an athletic director (kin 3143)

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There was this guy at my high school. It was his job to schedule refs, find buses, and plan gym and ice time. He was always on the phone or always checking the calendar. His job seemed the most important to me. He was our Athletic Director. He was in charge of the one thing kids found enjoyable about high school. I want to be him. I want to succeed in planning, managing and organizing major events for my community. There are the choir concerts, the drama plays, the Friday night football games, the weekend hockey or basketball tournaments. I want to be the one that is in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly as possible. This class will help me to do so. I mean the title of our book is "Administration and Management of Physical Education and Athletic Programs". Key words there are management of athletic programs. This course will help me learn techniques for better success in being an athletic director.

KIN 3143

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I have a dream, and this class will help me get one step closer to that dream. I inspire to be an elementary physical education teacher as well as a department head of kids activities at lifetime fitness. This class is required for me to graduate in Spring 2012 with a KIN degree.

Org. and Admin. of Sport

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I am a sophomore Kinesiology major hopefully graduating in the spring of 2012. I'm taking this class because it's required for the coaching minor. The main reason I want a coaching minor is because I love exercise and I really like to teach people. Being able to put the two together would be a great opportunity for my long term life goals. This class is not a subject that I enjoy learning about. I dislike the business aspects of fitness. However, I see the importance to know about administration side of coaching and being a part of a sports team. I hope that this class will help me be more comfortable with the formalities of organizing a successful sports team.

The Importance of KIN 3143

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As a child I was either across the street at the park or playing some type of sports game with my friends. In my neighborhood, I was known as the "park troll". There wasn't anything that I would rather be doing than playing with my friends at the park or playing a pick up game of any sport.

It is very important that you find a career involving something that makes you happy. It wasn't until my Sophomore year of college that I heard about the Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies program. I was thrilled when I heard about this! After graduating college, I hope to find a career with Adaptive Programming or and administrative position for a city. KIN 3143 is a great course for me to take because it is important for me to know the organization and administration of sport if I plan to work with the programming and recreation of a city. Sports are a huge component of recreation.

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