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What good coaches know: the responsibilities of effective team leadership

In all sports, at all levels, there is an intense – and warranted – focus on coaching. Coaches are the designated leaders of the pack, responsible for connecting the dots and putting all the hard work, drills and training in context. And, when they do their jobs well, they serve as strong role models and sometimes even parental figures to their players.

Recently, tragically bad coaching has dominated the news, illustrating what happens when this critical and trusted role is exploited and abused. It’s been difficult for many of us in the sports community to fathom how coaches so successful on the field could fail so miserably in keeping young players safe and healthy. Parents give coaches the responsibility of looking after the best interests of their children and those players place their trust in the coach’s hands. This is an earned privilege and can never be abused.

But now, as a counterpoint, let’s explore the positive responsibilities of coaches and focus on what effective, committed leaders do to keep their players healthy in mind, body and spirit.

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