Coach Summer

I recently watched this video about Coach Summer. She’s a trained strength & conditioning coach and she took charge of a childs basketball team. She is up against Kash who is a minor league baseball coach. The difference in coaching styles is actually quite remarkable, as Coach Summer gets aggressive and abusive towards her players which completely discourages them. She seems to focus entirely on all the negatives of the team as opposed to the postives that happen. In comparison Coach Kash focuses on all the positives and gives positive reinforcement to his players if and when they make any mistakes. He seems to try to avoid being negative as much as he possibly can and this has more of an effect as his team win the game.

 

I believe from watching this clip I certainly see myself being more of a Coach Kash than a Coach Summer, especially when it comes to coaching children. This is mainly because you do not want to discourage children from playing sport, you want them to remain enthusiastic and enjoy their time playing sport. Studies also tend to show that positive reinforcement towards children has a postive effect on their performance and behaviour in general (Forehand, 1986). I still wouldn’t say that coach Summer is a poor coach from this clip, I would just say that childs basketball is not where she should be coaching. Her background as a strength & conditioning coach means that she is used to being more vocal and more intense, and her audience that she usually coaches will tend to be adults, quite possibly members of the armed forces and semi-professional/professional athletes.

 

I feel this clip was extremely interesting to compare two completely different methods of coaching. As I say I do not believe either coach to be a poor coach based off this video, I just believe the clip emphasises how different coaching backgrounds can breed completely different coaching styles.

 

Forehand, R. (1986) ‘Parental positive reinforcement with deviant children:’, Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 8(3), pp. 19–26. doi: 10.1300/j019v08n03_02

 

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