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Brown, Teach Character Thru Sport Video Notes

Brown, Teach Character Thru Sport Video Notes

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How to Teach Character Through Sport
(video)
Bruce Brown, Proactive Coaching NAIA Champions of Character programMethod – ThemesCoaches are the key if we’re going to make any changes in the culture of sports“Our major purpose is to teach athletes to think and act correctly.”“Viewing coaching as an opportunity to hold athletes to the highest possible behavioral standardsis what gives this profession eternal value. Holding your kids to those high standards is not achoice that great coaches have. If you…really, truly love your athletes, you’ll teach, set, and holdthem accountable for standards higher than victory.-- quote from one of Brown’s booksAthletic philosophy statement different from most other kinds of philosophy statements:∙because we are out there for public scrutiny at all times∙needs to be more than a belief statement
has to be a belief statement attached to an action statement
 
 –“This is what we believe. Therefore, this is what you will see if you come watch.”
Brown’s beliefs about character and sport:1. Ethical behavior is not in-born in our kids – not born with the right behavior ∙all have capacity to be good, but it has to be taught2. Some sports are potentially more problematic ethically and character-wise than others∙Indications that a sport may be more problematic--the more subjectivity there is in a sport--barrier sports (with dividing lines) (e.g. swimming, track, volleyball) vs. shared-areasports (two teams occupying same space)(e.g. football, basketball, soccer)--shared-area sports have more potential to be problematic; the smaller the space, themore players involved, the greater the potential for problems--sports where contact is allowed, encouraged, a part of the game--spotlight sport vs. group sport: one person in a spotlight has greater potential for Problems3. Ethical behavior is
not
taught simply by offering the activity; a player doesn’t learn ethical behavior simply by participating4. A player should not have to
be
good to
get
good out of the activity.∙benefits should accrue to everyone in the activity, not just the most talented5. The only values, mission statements, and ethics that count in any company or any team arethose that are reflected in the behavior of the people in that company or team6. Athletics don’t teach character;
coaches
teach character 
B. Brown video, p. 1
 
“Athletics offers the best opportunity in a young person’s life to learn…” Most coaches willanswer with positive attributes, qualities, values because we’ve had good experiences andare still involved.Athletics offer the opportunity to learn
both
positive and negative values and ethical standards:∙obeying rules or cheating∙positive discipline or disrespect for authority∙good work habits or how to take short cuts∙confidence based on preparation or confidence based on arrogance and sense of entitlement∙poise required for an athlete or revenge, temper, anger are a part of sports∙teamwork or selfishness∙accountability (responsibility for own actions) or how to make excuses∙how to persevere or how to quitWhich set of standards are your athletes learning?Challenge: If you believe athletics should teach character, then
you
have to teach it.∙If kids improve their character, it’s because of the coach,
not
because of the experience.∙“To believe in something and not live it is dishonest.” –GhandiTend to coach the way you were coached. If we make this change, doing a great thing for thenext generation of coachesHow to add “values” to your coaching:∙having and teaching values∙articulating your values – make them clear; put them on paper ∙compare your values with your actions∙watch your team, or have outsider watch, at a time when going to be the most tested – see if theteam’s behavior and the values are aligned∙teach values to everyone (including parents) clearly, consistently, creatively, continually∙practice / rehearse the values∙hold member accountable to the same standards∙be willing to confront and change attitudes that are not acceptable∙institutionalize values – weave them into fabric of your team∙publicly praise values – find a way to honor in your reward systemAction Statements:If you’re going to teach character, not leave it to chance…1. Don’t be afraid to lead – Leading is your 1
st
responsibility in every circumstance∙change does not require consensus; leadership is what it takes2. Analyze your sport & identify character traits, values, life lessons that can be taught thru itnaturally
B. Brown video, p. 2
 
∙What can I teach thru football besides just football? – write it in the practice plan; add character to list of essentials to be taught – theme of the week in football∙Teach character as themes – prioritize them – schedule them3. Teach a value thru same 4-step process as teaching a physical skill:1) Define2) Model3) Shape4) Reinforce1) Define: a) an athletic definitionb) age appropriatec) relate to your sportd) how it translates to life outside of athletics – school, home, societytip: have athletes define the value in writing first; gives insight into what they think; wewill probably have to re-define for themOur job is to change definitions and behaviorsExample: Sportsmanship – doing the right things at the right time, for yourself, your team, and your sportIf an athlete
enters
your program with the wrong behaviors, attitudes, and perceptions, that issomeone else’s responsibility. If that athlete
exits
your program with wrong behaviors, attitudes,and perceptions, that’s on your shoulders.2) Model: a description, a demonstration, an exact blueprint of how you want players to actand reactthink of every situation that your sport will provide/present; determine how you want players to behave/react; then cover and rehearse it“In competition, it is the chief duty of leadership to minimize surprises.”Example: Sportsmanship – potential problem areas: non-calls; winning & losing;substitutions; fan reactions; hard fouls; rough play; language; tauntingRequire blueprints for how to deal with and teach early in season3) Shape: this is the key; difficult and takes timeThis is where coaches are lost and drop out of the profession; may see over time wherethere is a gradual reduction in a coach’s willingness to shapePositive side of shaping: identify and support any behavior that comes closer to thedesired behavior Difficult/challenging side of shaping: direct, immediate correction of any behavior that isnot acceptable
B. Brown video, p. 3

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