Coaching Philosophy And Relationship

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Introduction
A coaching philosophy is based on our core beliefs, values and experience. Weinberg and Gould (2015). Whether it is realised or not, one always turns to these when making decisions; during sport is no exception. Many of our principles are derived from our upbringing and the authority figures in our lives. In the case of sport, it is the sole figure of the coach who determines what type of athlete is developed. Councilman (1977) believed that all coaches, including himself, have a philosophy towards their profession whether they are aware of it or not. This essay will further explore this quote with regards to boxing.

Coaching Philosophy and Relationship
Coaching style plays an important part in the development of a coach’s philosophy for many reasons. It clearly demonstrates how the coach views him/herself with regard to the athletes. There is great value in discussing their philosophy with their pupils, as it gives the boxers the chance to understand what is expected of them, thus giving them a clear insight into the coach as both a person and a leadership figure. It should be done regularly as a coaching philosophy may change and adapt at any stage. Cross and Lyle (2002).

In an ideal situation, both coach and boxer would develop a symbiotic relationship. The most important aspects of this being accountability, flexibility, integrity, discipline, patience, honesty and loyalty, and it is vital that a coach develops his/her philosophy around these principles.

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