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Great Youth Sports Coach http://www.mentaltoughnesstrainer.com/2011/11/how-to-develop-mental-toughness/

Hi! I’m Craig Sigl, the Mental Toughness Trainer. In this clip, Coach Mendo, who runs Quick Handle Basketball Training, shares what he believes makes a great coach.

How to become a great youth sports coach…

My acronym for coaching is my three P’s. The first one is personality. You’ve got to have a personality. Something that attracts people to you, that people know that you have the kind of body language, that people can say you’re believable.

Because once you’re not believable, you’re done. So there has to be some charisma in your personality. You’ve got to be outgoing. You’ve got to be interactive. For me, I am a very touchy person. I believe physical contact is so important in building relationships and communication.

And one of my acronyms is INSECT. And what that stands for is when you meet anybody, you should have intelligence – I. Intelligence so that you come across as somebody that has some knowledge. N… you’ve got to be nice. Nice to people all the time. S… you have to smile. Smile at people. Engage with people. E… you always got to edify. Edify and build up. C is care. You have to care. Really show that you care for somebody. So it’s one thing to be nice but really care “how can I help you?” And then… what was the last one? “T” T is you have to touch – touch. So all those elements in insect you got to do. I try to do anytime I am engaging with somebody.

But back to my P’s. The first one is you’ve got to have personality. Second one is you’ve got to have philosophy. A philosophy that, again, people believe in. And on the basketball court, you know, you’re going to be believable when you can present stuff to people as like, “what is this?”

You’ve got to have a strategy. And basically for me, it’s you’ve got to create an element of surprise for your opponent that they’re not ready for and you have to be ready for anything that anybody can throw at you. So that’s how I teach my players.

I teach my players that whatever zone you see, you’re ready for because you’ve been prepared. That’s just how I do it.

And secondly, we’re never going to be the same. You’re going to see something different. You better be ready. Just when you think, “Oh we’re a small, slow team. We’re going to trap you all over the floor.”

So we’re going to do unorthodox things, so you have to have a really good philosophy. And that really takes time learning and being mentored.

And then the last P is you’ve got to have passion. You’ve got to show you really have passion and that you’re engaged and you really care about the process and you’re willing to put in the time to work . You know I try to tell people all the time that I want to say that nobody worked harder than I did as a player.

As a coach nobody is going to out work me as a coach. Even at my age, there’s nobody that can out work me. “35?” Yeah… I wish! But that’s why I train so hard right now because I have a bar that’s set and I want to be that example in the best way that I can that I hope will translate. Not for any ego fulfillment. It’s always about the kids and it’s always about empowering so.

We’ve got a lot more mental game tips and strategies for youth athletes. Get on our training series list by going to http://www.TeenMentalToughness.com.

And just to get you started, you’ll get my guided visualization, “Master The Pressure,” and an eBook on how to be a great sports parent. Go to http://www.TeenMentalToughness.com now!


Morethancheer says:

This was awesome! I am going to share this with my coaches!!!

VirtualHarvestVA says:

Great clip on what it takes to be a great coach and how to interact with
your players.

mentaltoughnesstips says:

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awesome tips!

mentaltoughnesstips says:

Thanks for taking the time to watch our video on what makes a great sports

nitemarerh1 says:

I wish my coach was like this

mentaltoughnesstips says:

So glad you enjoyed the video on what makes a great sports coach – coach
mendo is awesome!

mfrausto136 says:

great view on coaching.. loved the vid

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