I read this article and thought I should post it, I didn’t see who the author was but it is very true. Lessons to be learned every year you coach. Take time to see where you fit in.
The Victories during the 2012 Summer Olympics were perfect examples of Intense, Dedicated, Disciplined Athletic Competitions.
The “Olympic Ideal” Embodies the “Holistic Athletic Experience” of Enhanced Body, Mind, Soul, Character, Productivity and Citizenship facilitated by Athletic Competition.
It’s time to Restore the “Olympic Ideal”, “the Holistic Athletic Experience” in Child and Youth Sports, Recreation and Exercise (SRE).
Performance is one of the manin objectives of the Holistic Athletic Experience.
WHAT CAN THE CHILD AND YOUTH ATHLETE DO FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE?
I. BE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALlY READY.
MNEMONIC FOR CHILD AND YOUTH SRE READINESS:
• REST: Early to Bed
• ESSENTIAL WATER: Plenty Water, Keep your Urine Light Lemonade Color
• ALERT: Pay Attention in Practice and Games
• DON’T USE: Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs
• INJURIES: Don’t Play Thru Injuries, Report them to your Coach or Trainer
• NUTRITION / FOOD: Balanced Diet
• EXERCISE AND DRILL PROPERLY
• STRETCH / WARM-UP
• STRESS REDUCTION
Spend time winding-down after your daily workouts, practices and conditining.
Stress has an undesirable effect on emotions. High levels of stress will have a negative impact on mental preparation and mental toughness.
Unwinding will balance your physical and emotional abilities.
Ahtletes should Lie down, meditate, concentrate and/or pray for 30 minutes every day and practice improving spirituality and faith. Clearing the mind of negative forces will facilitae the Athlete’s ability to concentrate on the positive forces at play in his or her life.
Athletes should stay in touch with their body signals and, for example, eat when hungary, drink water when thirsty and rest when tired. Intense work-outs require adequate rest. The physical body needs regular relaxation.
II. SEEK OUT A TRUSTWORTHY, MENTOR COACH WHO COACHES WITH THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE 4 R’S: RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, RELATIONSHIP RECOGNITION
Coaches have a duty for the protection, safety, health, care, welfare and Human Rights of their Athletes. They should have a devotion-to and the highest regard for the humanity of their Athletes. Coaches are to regard and recognize the human dignity of their players. Coaches must pay attention, be compassionate recognize Athletes’ human value. Coaches should be considerate of players and athletes by treating them as humans. Coaches should dutifully respect the human life of their Athletes.
“Do unto others as you would want others to do unto you.”
Primum non nocere – “First do no harm to human life.”
Coaches have an obligation of oversight for the Physical, Psychological (Emotional) well being of their Athletes during the administration of their coaching duties. Coaches must develop and implement responsible coaching policies and standards of Safety 1st.
Coaches are accountable and hold an important position and Fiduciary duty of Trust by the players and athletes. Coaches have a designated authority for the proper care of their players and athletes.
The Core of Coaching is Trust.
Coaches should develop a positive relationship with their Athletes and develop an excellent level of mutual understanding and trust with good interpersonal communication.
Devoting time for each player and athlete, the Coach will develop a positive relationship learning about each Athlete’s Ambitions, Abilities and Skills. Coaches develop a positive relationship by taking a personal interest with plans and techniques for each Athlete’s individualized improvement of play.
Coaches should acknowledge and recognize Athletes when they accomplish their goals and execute their performance plans well. Special one-on-one notice and complementary attention to the Athlete will enhance the trust for the Coach and motivate the Athlete. A pat on the back or the butt goes a long way.
An Holistic Athletic Experience requires balance and implementation of all the above factors.