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Coaches Playbook: An Example That Lasts

Coaches Playbook: An Example That Lasts

We talk a lot in FCA about the lasting and profound influence of a Coach.  If you have coached for awhile, you know you have the power to have incredible influence in your players lives.  


But we also know that our competitive nature and drive to push our players to be their best can be a two-edged sword.  On one side, we push and stretch them to accomplish more than they thought possible.  On the other, we may wonder if we have gone too far.  Was I too harsh in my criticism?  Did my anger get the best of me and cause me to be too negative?  Did I blow my chance to positively influence a kid?

Our coaches Bible study group this morning talked about a principle from Hebrews 13.  In verse 7, the writer encourages us to consider, not only the words, but the example of how our spiritual leaders live their life, and imitate their faith.   This challenged us to step back and look at the big picture in our coaching:

 ·         Do my players see a faith in me that they want to imitate? 

·         In the midst of planning practices, preparing for games, and trying to move up in the standings, am I taking time to build relationships with my players? 

·         Is my pursuit of excellence in our performance overshadowing my ability to love my players and display the grace of God to them?

 Take heart and realize that if you are following Christ in an authentic way, despite mistakes or misdirected words at times, your players will see this and have an example to follow for the rest of their lives.  That is the right kind of lasting influence.

Coaching a kid for a few years goes by fast but our example can last a lifetime….and beyond.  

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