Are You Coachable?

What does it mean to be coachable? Below will be a list of some key points on how to be a more coachable player. A wise coach once told me, “you have two jobs as a coach, to make your guys better players and better men.”-Sean Hoorelbeke

First steps to being more coachable, look and listen. As a coach, endless time and energy is put into making young players better. Some players get to a point in their career where they think they know more than their teachers. I know I was guilty of thinking the very same thing about some coaches, but hindsight is 20/20. As a young player, you may have talent, ability, a climbing IQ, but you lack WISDOM. Wisdom by definition means the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement. Experience can only happen through trial and error, and knowledge can only be passed on from someone or something that has already happened. As a player, you do yourself a disservice when you don’t take in all the information that is given to you. In no way am I saying take everything you hear word for word and expect it to work for you like it has worked for someone else, even though it potentially could.. A smart player takes ALL information that is given to them and is able to take bits and pieces and apply it in their own life a positive way. With that being said some coaches may not be current with the latest and greatest things, but that does not mean they don’t have some wisdom or knowledge to pass on to you. As a player or a coach, you should always be looking for a way to improve at your craft. If you are constantly waving people off that are only trying to help you because you think you know more, how are you getting better? You certainly are not the first to play the game and you certainly are going to be the last.

– Eye Contact
– Listen
– Handle Criticism
– Be Appreciative
– Be Attentive
– Positive Body Language
– Asking Questions
– Feedback
– Positive Leader
– Collaborate

-Coach Pav

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