5 Quality Player Traits Coaches Appreciate

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Coaches appreciate and remember players with quality traits.

Coaches are tasked with teaching the game, developing players, and building teamwork. Coaches devote long hours to learning ways to teach the game and the skills of the game using drills, technology, vocabulary, mental approach and more. Alongside of teaching the game, coaches must also develop the player’s skills, mental approach, responsibility, life lessons and much more. A big part of life lessons is about teamwork, how to be a great teammate, how to be a respectful, supportive and executing your job when called upon to do it to contribute to the team.

Throughout the years of coaching there are memorable plays, games, seasons and players. Players that have great talent are remember for those special skill(s) they excel in. Then there are those players coaches remember because they have quality traits a coach appreciates.

5 Quality Player Traits

1. Coachable
2. Works Hard
3. Positive Attitude
4. Has Respect
5. Has Fun

1. Coachable

Being coachable is the players ability to receive feedback and work hard to make adjustments to get better. When a player is having success, that is typically when a player is un-coachable. A player becomes very coachable the more he/she struggles. The saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” See 5 Benefits of Being More Coachable blog post.

2. Works Hard

A player that works hard, does so in practices, games and any extra workouts. Players that work hard – typically don’t miss the extra workouts. Players that work hard challenge their teammates and the coach knows this will make the team better. When players don’t work hard, they have to be constantly pushed and pushed and pushed, which over the course of a long season can wear a toll on a coach.

3. Positive Attitude

Bringing and having a positive attitude at practices and games is great for team morale. People are drawn to positive attitudes and want to stay away from negative attitudes. Players that have positive attitudes will be positive for themselves and encouraging to their teammates. A coach knows that a team that has positive attitudes can do great things together and always believe they are in the game. You attitude determines your altitude.

4. Has Respect

Coaches work hard to earn respect and players should have respect for coaches, teammates, officials, opponents and the game. Some examples of respect are – keeping your eyes locked on the person speaking, taking your sun glasses off when the coach is speaking, saying thank you to the coach after practice/game/season, no yawning when the coach is talking, and making eye contact when shaking hands – just to name a few. Players that have respect for the game, respect the decisions of the officials by not arguing, play the game the right way (hard and within the rules of the game), and respects opponents (showing appreciation for great effort and good plays, as well as, compassion for missed plays and losses).

5. Has Fun

A player that is coachable, works hard, has a positive attitude and has respect should also have fun. A player that has respect and also has fun, knows the boundaries of fun and helps the coach develop a team culture that is loose during tight game situations. These players will also tend to provide a genuine rally issue/message/theme for the season that helps with team chemistry and bonding. A coach appreciates a player that has fun, as this reminds the coach that the sport is a game, a game used to teach life lessons.