Determined Athletes and Coaches

 Determined Athletes

The term determined is used to separate the athletes and coaches who display the characteristics and behaviors to maximize athletic performance and go beyond what is expected to achieve at the highest level.

Characteristics of Determined Athletes

  • Provide intense effort
  • Have great concentration while training
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Are very passionate, immensely motivated, and extremely focused
  • Want immediate and specific feedback
  • Evaluate and review training details at the conclusion of practice
  • Are detail-oriented, responsible, and prudent
  • Do not want to wait to improve until tomorrow; they take action now
  • Train with intense effort with specific predetermined objectives
  • Understand that proper practice will lead to better performance
  • Enjoy the challenge of improving a skill
  • Have a cognitive understanding of the sport
  • Are self-reliant but have a strong relationship with their coach
  • Are goal-oriented and task-driven
  • Are immensely motivated and extremely focused.

Characteristics of Determined Coaches

  • Effective teaching ability
  • Deep event knowledge
  • Competent leader
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Organizational skills.

Traits of Determined Coaches

  • Confident
  • Enthusiastic
  • Encouraging
  • Passionate 

Body Language of Determined Coaches

  • Good eye contact
  • Smile often
  • Correct posture
  • Positive and animated.

Determined Coaches

  • Expect a standard of excellence from their athletes
  • Find ways to help athletes improve performance continuously
  • Review performance objectives after training sessions
  • Design training to improve performance during competition
  • Create and maintain the right training atmosphere through leadership
  • Stay up to date on developing techniques and trends
  • Have a depth of knowledge in the sports sciences
  • Encourage athletes to focus on learning and skill development
  • Provide challenging skills to improve athletic performance

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 Based on Jeff Huber's Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes

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