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Candrea on Coaching

On behalf of the Amateur Softball Association, welcome to the June 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.

June 11, 2013, Volume III, Issue 40

Coach/Player Communication

I had the pleasure many years ago to listen to Lou Holtz who at the time was the head football coach at Notre Dame. Coach Holtz is well known for his outstanding communication skills. He is able to teach, motivate, confront, congratulate, and console his players in a variety of ways that increase their learning and solidify his relationship with the team. Coach Holtz practices two secrets of effective communication: 1. He listens closely to his players. 2. He notices their individual differences.

The value of listening cannot be underestimated. Coaches who listen well set an example for their athletes and provide a foundation for a strong relationship. We can say the same for parents, teammates, and anyone that leads young people and provides a quality learning environment. Good listening is a skill that requires practice. It does not come naturally as we have all experienced during our career and especially during our marriage. When was the last time you went out to dinner with your spouse or friend and engaged in a conversation while thinking about something else and not hearing a word? We all have done that and a reminder that listening requires focus and practice.


Until next time,
Coach Candrea
Coach Candrea

In This Issue
Effective Communication

Value of Listening

Communication Style

Other Resources
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