Coaches, what do you do when your best player breaks a team rule right before the big game? Ten years from now, what do you want your players to say they learned from you?
NASPE’s new book, Coaching Issues and Dilemmas: Character Building Through Sport Participation by Carol Alberts, can help answer these questions. This book uses a practical approach to help a coach deal with the most agonizing dilemmas a coach must face today. It presents a series of real-life scenarios and demonstrates how a coach’s actions and decisions in these situations can send different messages to players.
A template is provided to help coaches analyze a problem situation, consider appropriate actions, and set up a meeting with the player to discuss the problem. This analysis allows a coach to anticipate the impact of his or her decisions and actions to be sure that the right message is being sent. The most difficult situations a coach may face are presented, each following the basic template, to ensure that any coach will find this book helpful for just about any problem they may face. In addition to issues involving individual players, the book also deals with issues involving teams, such as problem parents, hazing, and sexual harassment.
To help coaches understand the impact of their decisions, an easy-to-follow chart shows the relationship between values, coaching decisions, and coaching behavior and how they affect an athlete’s character development. The reader doesn’t need to unbury this information from pages and pages of text.
If you are a coach who wants to “do the right thing” without having to read through a book on ethics or philosophy, this is the book you’ve been waiting for!
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