In almost every team sport I can think of, a coach is directly or indirectly involved in every play.
During practice, he or she is constantly modeling actions and behaviors that lead to success. During the game, he or she is either calling a play, giving feedback to an assistant, or instructing players as they come to the sideline, while constantly offering encouragement, rebuke, insights, reminders, etc.
Ironically, the game can still be played without a coach. Player ability isn’t compromised when a coach is not present. So why do we need coaches in the first place?
Simply put, it is because the perspective of the coach is greater than the perspective of a single position or function. If there is no coach, there is no greater perspective. If there is no greater perspective, the team is in trouble.
How can we avoid putting a team in trouble? It starts…
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