This is a great article about the cost of NOT hiring women coaches. Great thoughts in this one!
I love Harvard Business Review articles. They are delivered to my inbox daily and almost always applicable to coaching. This one focuses on making “a team of stars work.” What coach hasn’t seen a team of talented athletes have trouble working towards a common goal at one point or another – on paper they’re great, but things sometimes don’t work that way.
Author Claudio Fernández-Aráoz shares strategies to get a group of high performers to work well TOGETHER.
He offers the following model:
In the media, we frequently see parents behaving badly in youth and scholastic sports. Talk to any coach with young athletes and you will inevitably hear the complaints about parents and their negative impact on their children, the team, and the program in general.
But, where are the examples of parents really supporting coaches, players, and teams? There are literally millions of supportive parents, but we don’t often hear about these examples.
It is important for coaches to understand how to best include and utilize parents as resources. While there are as many strategies as there are athletic programs, I will focus on three strategies I have found most effective – beneficial to athletes, parents, and coaches.
1. Create a Strong Parent Board. Parent boards can help coaches complete many administrative activities unrelated to the actual coaching of athletes and, in this way, become critical partners with coaches. Some of these activities might include assistance with registration, clothing and uniform orders, transportation, insurance, database management, alumni relations, equipment management, event day management, etc.
While Friday does not signify the end of the week for most of us, it’s still great to take a few minutes out of our busy days and connect with a few of the women in NACWAA‘s Title IX Trailblazer Video Series. Brief clips with loads of inspiration!
This week: Northwestern University’s Kelly Amonte Hiller