While sports are the true event that athletes play for, the coaching style makes a monumental difference in making a sport fun and enjoyable, yet competitive and challenging. Each coach has a unique style of coaching that players notice. But which one is the most responsive to these athletes? Weighing the pros and the cons, a laidback coaching style seems to benefit athletes the most. A laidback coaching style allows athletes to have a friendlier connection with the coach and to experience less pressure while performing and practicing. The trust that can be built allows a better way of teaching and providing insight in preparation for games.
Some may say a more aggressive coach would push a player harder and motivate them. However, according to a USA Today article, a study of many athletes at Rutgers University has shown that athletes react negatively to aggressive coaches and are less motivated. Players also question the credibility of the coach because of this style. All in all, laidback coaching styles creates a comfortable environment for athletes not only to enjoy the sport they love but also to improve their skills in a positive manner. In my personal experience, a laidback coaching style definitely helps my confidence and performance because the sport becomes fun instead of stressful.
In a world of sports, coaches have a large role in the success of an athlete. However, there are two types of approaches in which coaches apply their teachings to. As we find the better of the two options, we have on this side, the authoritative coach. While many find the laid-back coach to be more successful, the less lenient coach has a better outcome on the players.
In the long run, a strict coach teaches discipline, hard work and determination while the easy-going coach provides lessons that teach the athletes to do whatever they want.
Strict coaches also build character. Although sports in high school are meant to be fun, the skills learned can also be applied to real life situations. Like a coach, a manager will most likely not freely give away a promotion; rather, an employee must work hard under his conditions. According to a Kids and Sports article, details of the study shows that lenient coaches do not push their athletes hard enough to the point where the athlete begs to be pushed more during practices or games. Overall, many different types of coaches have had success with both strategies, but the stricter coach seems to have a better impact on teams.