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Middletown High School
200 Schoolhouse Drive
Middletown, MD 21769
Phone: 240-236-7400
Fax: 240-236-7450

Coaches' Corner

"Coaches who can outline plays on a blackboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate."
- Vince Lombardi
Hood College men's basketball coach Tom Dickman visited our students and talked about the importance of developing a coaching philosophy, building relationships with athletes, and motivating them to give their best effort.


So . . . You Want to be a Coach? 1 week

• Complete questionnaires
• Learn about qualities of successful coaches and leaders
• Discuss coaches and leaders you have worked with and admire
• Participate in role plays of specific situations

Coaching Philosophies 1 week

• Study philosophies of successful coaches
• Brainstorm for ideas that fit into your philosophy
• Craft your personal coaching philosophy
• Publish your coaching philosophy

Leadership / Coaching Styles 1 week

• Learn about different leadership styles
• Identify your own leadership style
• Work in cohesive groups with others with similar / different leadership styles

Getting Organized as a Coach 1 week

• Determine your personal reasons for coaching
• What are your goals and objectives ?
• Put together your long-range plans for the season
• Create effective practice plans

Relationships with Others 1 week

• Learn about important interpersonal skills
• Learn how to resolve conflicts
• Learn about the importance of working well with administrators, officials,

Motivation of Your Athletes 1 week

• Intrinsic vs. extrinsic rewards
• Learn about how winners think
• Setting realistic goals
• Anxiety

Communication as a Coach 1 week

• Study the three dimensions of communication
• Learn about the six steps of communication
• Consistency in communication
• Non-verbal communication

The Coach as a Teacher 3 weeks

• Learn about the stages of learning
• Study the four steps of teaching skills
• “Whole vs. part” practice
• Having a positive approach to correcting errors
• Teach skills specific to certain sports to your classmates and others

Principles of Physical Training 1 week

• Learn how the body works
• Study the benefits of physical training
• Learn about the importance of physical fitness
• The coach’s role in training
• Design in-season and out-of-season training programs

Nutrition 1 week

• The athlete’s diet
• Supplements
• Hydration
• When and what to eat
• Develop nutritional plans

Managing Your Program 1 ½ weeks

• Create team policies
• Organize information
• Hold team meetings
• Recognize your players

Celebrating the Journey 2 weeks

• Plan a post-season banquet
• Put together pamphlets and flyers to promote the banquet
• Write and deliver a banquet speech about your season
• Create visual aids for the banquet

Promoting Your Program 3 ½ weeks

• Learn about effective ways to “sell” your program
• Put together flyers, posters, pamphlets about your program
• Create a “Meet the Coach Night” Powerpoint presentation
• Write and deliver an introductory speech to athletes and parents

Introduction to Athletic Coaching