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30 questions a well prepared coach can answer

by Stacie ~ December 15th, 2014. Filed under: Coach Softball.

30 questions well prepared coaches can answer

Below you’ll find a tool I shared with the members over at Fastpitch411.  It’s a list of 30 questions well prepared coaches can answer.

Where do you stand?  Can you answer all these questions about your team, your season?

BE ORGANIZED, HAVE A PLAN

I cannot stress this enough. If you’re going to coach, have a plan. If you want to have less stress during the season, do the hard thinking NOW so you can stay focused on coaching your players well during the season.

Most coaches won’t do this. Are you willing to do what others won’t?

  1. What ONE big goal do you want to accomplish as a coach this upcoming season?
  2. Where do you see yourself and your team when this season is over?
  3. What is your plan to get there?
  4. Is this a competitive team or a developmental one? Where will your primary focus lie?
  5. What are your hopes for your players as individuals (in what ways do you want to help them most)?
  6. Is this a competitive team or a developmental one? Where will your primary focus lie?
  7. If a player gets just one thing out of this season with you, what do want that one thing to be?
  8. How many times a week can or will you practice?
  9. How long will your practices be?
  10. What are your expectations for attendance?
  11. Who is going to be on staff and what do you expect from them?
  12. What do you expect from parents?
  13. What do you expect from players?
  14. How will you communicate these expectations?
  15. How will you communicate important team information with your parents?
  16. What is your playing time policy?
  17. Who is going to handle all the administrative and logistical planning, paperwork, coordination, and communication?
  18. What league requirements do you need to know and abide by?
  19. Are there league rules your parents need to be made aware of?
  20. What are you going to practice today? This week?
  21. What do you want your team to know and be able to do proficiently by the first game of the season? By the middle of the season? By the end of the season?
  22. What kind of equipment do you have to work with?
  23. Where are your team uniforms coming from?
  24. How much do they cost?
  25. When do you need to order them in order to get them before the season starts?
  26. What will be ordered as as team and what do parents need to get on their own?
  27. What equipment and supplies do you need to do your job as a coach?
  28. Which if these things do you currently have and which do you need to plan to buy?
  29. Does your team need to do fundraising?
  30. If so, or what? How much do you need to raise? What happens if you can’t fundraise it all?

It’s a lot.  I know.  Maybe you think it’s a waste of time.  But you do know what they say…If you fail to plan, plan to fail.  How well prepared are you?  Can you answer these questions?

I work on this list with coaches in Fastpitch411.  We break it down a little more and figure out what to do if you don’t have all the answers right now.  If you’re serious about being your best, you’re welcome to join us at Fastpitch411.  It’s certainly not for the casual coach.  But if you plan to stay in the game for the long haul, we’d love to have you 🙂

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