A Coach Speaks Out

Dadrian Harris is a coach and instructor at Red River Elementary. He also is an assistant coach with the Red River girls basketball team. He recently posted some thought provoking ideas on social media. They are reprinted here with Harris’ permission: 

Players don’t want to be coached. Parents aren’t allowing kids to be coached. Coaches are losing passion to coach. This is a continued cycle that I’m seeing in high school sports today. Players: Be coachable. Understand your role on your team. When you’re not on the floor/field support your teammates. Work on your game outside of practice. Be a complete player; scoring isn’t everything. Remember the coaches (fans) in the stands aren’t at practice every day so give your coaches the respect and listen to them. Parents: Allow the coaches to have your kid. Understand your kids role on their team. Encourage your kid to put in the extra work when not practicing. Understand the REALITY of their talents. Promote positivity. Attend games. Coaches: Stand firm in your coaching philosophy, but be open minded. Remember to give positive feedback and not only negative feedback. Understand everyone won’t like what you do and you will always be criticized whether winning or losing, but ESPECIALLY when losing. Build relationships with your kids. Do not lie to your kids. Always give them the raw truth; it’s called CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM. If your kids are working hard, you should reciprocate the same energy. Promote academics just as well as you promote your sport. Teach life. BE PASSIONATE!

2 thoughts on “A Coach Speaks Out

  1. If anyone has the opportunity to watch the Lady Bulldog High School Softball Team coached by Zak Thrasher and Ginger Craig please do it because the team and coaches are an excellent example of what a winning team is all about. No we are not number one YET and yes everyone has room for improvement. Mistakes are made but the way those girls work together is amazing and they can only get better. Last week they were down 8 points and brought the score up to only be beat by one. It was so awesome to watch this game. I promise you my kid will never be disrespectful because she is raised to give the upmost respect to everyone. All the girls on the team that I have had the privilege of getting to know are respectful and they all know that there is no “I” in team. I don’t know about other teams, but the Lady Bulldog High School Softball Team is an excellent example of a great team. We just played our last game of the season (waiting to hear if we made play-offs) so check them out next year starting at the end of January 2020.

  2. Thank you Coach you are so right. Everyone has a role to play. Because that’s what make great player. Good respectable players are Dying off. Everyone wants to be that “I” player instead of a team player. I hope players, coaches, and especially parents hear what you’re saying. As a parent of player that played and now a fan that follow the game, the enjoyment of watching a good game is dying off.

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