Evaluating & Coaching Character in Your Athletes
Dave Brunner, Univ. of Idaho2008 Nike Coach of the Year ClinicSaturday, March 8, 2008Follow-up to Am. FB Monthly article, “Evaluation: The One Constant,” Sept. 20072 kinds of character – 1) moral character, & 2) social character 25 years of data from moral reasoning tests:a)scores for athletes are lower than for the general population b)team-sport players score lower than individual-sport playersc)football players score lower than any team-sport players except lacrosse playersQualities (Univ. of Idaho) college coaches looking for:
: ·ability to learn·willingness to learn – more important in some positions than others·ability to be trusted – let them know you’re giving them·willingness to trust
·if about excellence, doesn’t matter what the opponent does·play every snap – not competitive·play their best against the best·at their best when only their best will get the job done·make their best plays when it counts·how consistent are they?
·focus & concentrate in adverse conditions – perseverance·respond positively to adversity & setbacks·play their best even when indications are that their best will not be enough--How do your kids play when down 46-0 at halftime?·appropriate use of physical force in competition·ability to subordinate discomfort in competition – play hurt·play thru the “echo” of the whistle·3 F’s of Football:1) physical2) fly around3) fun
·do they influence others positively by their actions and/or inactions?·assumes self & group responsibility/accountability--starts with being responsible for self --level of responsibility has to be greater than level of accountability;teach responsibility before-hand--“Greatest tool for leadership is your own example.” – John Wooden--being a good leader means being a good follower when the time is rightBrunner 2008, p. 1