Thursday, May 17, 2012

Anson Dorrance thoughts

“After a while, your coaching development ceases to be about finding newer ways to organize
practice.  In other words, you soon stop collecting drills.  Your development as a coach shifts to
observing how great coaches teach, motivate, lead, and drive players to performances at higher
and higher levels.  I think what happens to great coaches who are not effective at the end of
their career is they lose their willingness to take the required stress and emotional confrontation
that they did when they were younger.  Some leaders no longer have the energy or willingness
to make the emotional commitment to motivate people to attain the standard required of them to
compete successfully at the highest level.  Coaches sometimes are not willing to make that
commitment because it is so exhausting.  They are not willing to confront players when they are
not exerting maximum effort and achieving maximum performance because it’s a stressful,
uncomfortable situation.  To constantly motivate players, you have to be a driving force and
make personal investments for which you can pay dearly.  There are times when it might not be
an easy or popular environment for you to challenge them, but there are times when they are
just going to have to suck it up and deal with it.  And, trust me, the standards most players set
for themselves will usually be in a comfort zone that is well below their potential.”
-Anson Dorrance – Training Soccer Champions pg.29

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