Whether you’re a brand-new coach or a seasoned veteran, Skeeter Gentile recommends writing down your coaching philosophy so you can check back often and ensure you’re following it.
To do this, ask your players periodically if they understand the messages you’re trying to convey. You can also ask your assistant coaches if your actions reflect what you wrote down. Lastly, ask yourself if your philosophy still matches up with the way you want to act and be perceived.
It’s okay for your philosophy to change over time. When that happens, be sure to update your written version so you can be mindful and intentional about the decisions you’re making and how you’re going about planning practices. Giving yourself an occasional gut check is an easy way to make sure you’re heading down the path you want to be on.