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Are You Coachable?

You’re a lacrosse player.

You’re probably a great player if you’re reading this.

Maybe you’ve been playing a few years, you’re still ‘finding your game’ and you’re thinking about your next steps as a lax athlete.

Well, let me ask you an honest, straightforward question.

ARE YOU COACHABLE?

This is a question that needs to be answered honestly.

Are you coachable?

If you said yes, how do you know?

What made you answer yes to being a coachable athlete?

If you said no, thanks for being honest with yourself.

Why aren’t you and what do you need to do to fix the problem?

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE COACHABLE

First, we have to understand what it means to be “coachable.”

Actually, it can mean a lot of things.

Being coachable starts with having the right attitude and also being willing to accept feedback to develop yourself as a player.

Being coachable refers to the athlete’s attitude, not their skill level according to the sports recruiting website, nscasports.org.

You have to be willing to grow as an athlete – and as a person.

And to do that requires many things:

  • Not having a big ego
  • Exceptional listening skills
  • Focus and attention
  • Being humble
  • Having a positive attitude for yourself and your teammates
  • Being committed to your team
  • Accepting and implementing feedback

TRAITS OF THE “UN-COACHABLE”

Unfortunately, I’ve had a few challenging athletes I’ve worked with in the past. The hardest thing about working with them was that my perception was that they were “un-coachable.”

And in my experience, these are the hardest athletes to work with because I feel you can’t help them.

I’ve said for a few years now that if you give me an athlete who has less skill but has a great attitude and is highly coachable versus a highly talented athlete who is not coachable, I’ll take the former every day of the week because I know I can help them and develop them.

If you give me an athlete who has less skill but has a great attitude and is highly coachable versus a highly talented athlete who is not coachable, I’ll take the former every day of the week.

Here are some undesirable traits that I’ve personally observed in being “un-coachable.”

  • Huge egos!
  • “Knows everything”
  • Poor listening skills
  • Lacks focus and attention
  • Excessively and consistently fools around during practices
  • Low energy, enthusiasm, or engagement
  • Shows an attitude of “not caring”
  • Consistently demonstrates poor effort (*this particularly bothers me)
  • I could go on…

With any of these characteristics, I think you can see how difficult it could be to work with an athlete.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BE MORE COACHABLE – AND BE A “STAND OUT” PLAYER

To be coachable, you have to know where you are.

Maybe you’re already all the good things I talked about here and you’re already a highly coachable athlete.

Or maybe you need to look in the mirror and see yourself from another perspective to ask yourself how coachable you really are.

If being coachable simply requires having a good attitude, here’s some considerations for you to be more coachable.

  • Be “all-in” when you’re at practice or games
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Listen intently
  • Be willing to take feedback – and apply it
  • Focus on what’s in front of you
  • Have high energy and enthusiasm
  • Work hard and always give your best effort
  • Be a great teammate and look to help others
  • Always, always learn and have a “growth” mindset (be a constant student of the game)
  • Be humble
  • Know your “why” (Why do you play lacrosse? Understand your motivations)

Character is important.

In fact, character is much more important than talent. Remember that.

Character is much more important than talent.

So, are you coachable?

The answer to that question is up to you.

Coach Scott

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