The New Year's resolution all coaches should make

The New Year's resolution all coaches should make


By: Jill Castle, Guest Contributor
Co-author of Fearless Feeding

With the New Year here, promises to do better in all aspects of life abound. As a coach, maybe you want to be more approachable. Or be more knowledgeable. Maybe you want to win more games than last year. Or get to know each of your player’s families better.
Whatever you’ve promised yourself to do this year, odds are one of those promises involve eating or exercise. They are two of the most popular resolutions associated with the New Year, after all.
According to the University of Scranton’s Clinical Psychology department, about 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and only 8 percent are successful with achieving them. Losing weight and getting organized are the two most popular resolutions. I confess, getting organized is one of mine (rather, staying two steps ahead of my many responsibilities, including this blog!).
I think resolutions are worthy efforts. Whether they end up being successful or not, resolutions allow us to sit down and take stock. They let us analyze what’s working in our lives, and what’s not. And they allow self-reflection and self-improvement, if only for a short time.
If you’ve resolved to pay more attention to nutrition for yourself, why not pay more attention to your team’s nutrition?
Instead of looking the other way when one of your players brings a soda to practice, take the opportunity to set a policy on healthy, sport-friendly drinks.
Instead of leaving the mid-game snack decision to someone else, why not state your expectation with regard to snacks?
Set a policy for game and practice snacks such as water and fruit only.
Instead of drinking that latte or soda at practice, why not set an example for your team?
Bring water or a sport drink if it’s hot, humid and you’re coaching a long practice.
And, instead of carrying around an extra twenty pounds, why not exercise more regularly, like your team does? And make nutritious choices, most of the time?
The truth is, parents play the biggest role in the choices kids and teens make around food and exercise, but coaches aren’t far behind.
How will you resolve to be a better coach in 2014?

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