Candrea on Coaching

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

October 2013, Volume III, Issue 44

Competitive Excellence

How do we instill competitive excellence in our culture? I always hear people state that the kids of today are not as competitive as 10 years ago. Is this a true statement or are we giving our own generation too much credit?

Competitive excellence can mean different things to different people, although the foundation is nothing more than making the right choices. Yes, life is the sum of the choices we make and to me competitive excellence is making the choice to train and compete without complacency. Complacency is the silent killer of performance. There are many factors that go into competitive excellence and as coaches or parents; we often throw out words such as “effort”, “focus”, “work ethic”, and many others to help describe what it takes to be successful. The unfortunate problem with most athletic cultures is the lack of models to learn from and more importantly to establish a picture of what these frequently used words actually look like.

Most young people today cannot describe these key words that are used frequently, so how can we expect them to truly understand their meaning. I have had the opportunity to be involved with the game for many, many years and along with that experience, I have witnessed various players, teams, and performances that have created a picture for me of what these words actually look like. The dilemma is creating these images for the players who do not have that experience and whom we are coaching today.


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Until next time,
Coach Candrea
Coach Candrea


In This Issue
Competitive Excellence

Athletics Culture

How to Create Desired Outcomes


Other Resources
Candrea on Responsible Sports