Candrea on Coaching

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

September 2013, Volume III, Issue 43

What Shapes a Person's Attitude?

As September rolls in and a new year begins whether it is school, a new team, or the chance for a new start – optimism is rolling high that the coming year will be different and more successful. It is also a time when I cherish the new found attitude of my players as they come back for a summer break and from hours of hard work to make this year better than the last.

The true foundation of this new refreshed feeling is basically a new attitude. An attitude that is not clogged with misery of defeat or lack of performance, but an attitude built around positivity, optimism, and an eagerness to get back on the field and begin the process once again.

Attitudes are not shaped every September! People are born with certain characteristics and those ultimately impact their attitude. There are many factors that play an even greater role in people's lives and directly form their attitude. There are times in our life that these factors make the greatest impression. As coaches, parents, and even teammates, it is important that we understand these factors that shape attitudes. I always demand my players to control their attitude, effort, and focus. We all want to surround ourselves with players with great attitudes, but just like the game we play or coach – it is a process.


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Until next time,
Coach Candrea
Coach Candrea


In This Issue
Chance for a New Start

Refreshed Attitudes

Obligation to Our Inner Circle


Other Resources
Candrea on Responsible Sports