What would you like communicated from your coach?
How do you want this communicated?
47% of athletes want coaches to evaluate their performance. They want to learn about their:
- Strengths – what I’m good at or doing well
- Weaknesses – what I need to work on or improve on and how to improve it
- Author’s Note: Interestingly, many responses didn’t include the word “weakness.” Instead it was phrased “what I should work on.” Perhaps consider avoiding the team “weakness” and instead use “areas to improve or develop”
- Progress throughout the season
- Current performance – how I’m playing
Other common themes:
When I need to be corrected. Several individuals want their coaches to be transparent and let them know when something needs to be changed.
- “If there is a need to tell me I am doing something wrong, just tell me.”
A few individuals commented they wanted this to be brief and without much follow-through from the coach:
- “If I’m doing something wrong…I just need to know how to better myself and once you have told me how to do it let me figure it out for myself.”
- What each player’s job is – where he sees each person on the team
- What each person brings to the team
- How each player is equally as important as everyone else.
Plan for the team. This ranged from:
- A specific focus to game strategy for an individual game
- Direction for the season – a clear plan for where the team is heading
- Goals the coach has set for individual players and goals coach has set for him/herself
- Expectations for players and coaches
- Daily checkups
- “Ask about me personally and if I need any help”
By what means?
- 84% of athletes reported they preferred communication in-person.
- 41% stated they liked texting, but several indicated specific situations where texting was appropriate (i.e. change in practice schedule).
- 16% stated any communication was valued
- 9% email
- 9% social media
- 9% phone call
Several athletes identified in-person being the best form of communication as text or emails can easily be misinterpreted.
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