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Candrea on Coaching

On behalf of the Amateur Softball Association, welcome to the July issue of the ACE Coach monthly email from ASA Director of Coaching Education and two-time Olympic Coach Mike Candrea: Candrea on Coaching. As a youth sports coach, you naturally want to prepare your team to win as many games as possible, and as a Responsible Coach, you want to prepare your players to win off the field, too. The Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program is proud to bring you this series in which Coach Candrea will provide you with coaching tips and resources that you can use for the betterment of your youth softball team.

July 2013, Volume III, Issue 41

Dealing with "Problem" Athletes

There is one type of athlete that drives coaches up the wall. It's the athlete who seems to possess all the natural talent in the world but doesn't seem to care. When these athletes wish to, they give stellar performances. Even on off days, they are better than average. They break training rules, don't go full out in practice, and just have a bad attitude.

But they can flat out play – when they want to. These athletes are the "could have been greats" of the world. They appear to be mysteries but they are not. They all share a common trait. They are scared! Scared to see how good they can be. Their main crutch is their attitude. When they succeed, they do it with half effort. When they fail, they say a full effort was not made. Their greatest reward is not winning a team championship; it's getting attention for their "I do it my way" attitude.


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Until next time,
Coach Candrea
Coach Candrea


In This Issue
Natural Talent

Changing Player Attitudes

Team Environment


Other Resources
ASA World Cup Giveaway