Player-coach Relationship

“Understand that kids are kids”

Who we coach

Action shot 1At Transition Sports we acknowledge that the kids we coach are transitioning into young adulthood, and that it is important to respond the unique (sometimes difficult!) characteristics of this age group. Physically, understanding the capabilities of growing children and the limits to which they can be pushed. Emotionally, understanding that this can be a confusing time for our players who are dealing with a variety of challenges off the court.

“I really work to understand the player. What their goals are, why they’ve come to me, their confidence level and what sort of family support they have”

Knowing our players

Transition Sports coaches understand that our players are still learning to separate on and off-court occurrences, and that external factors may affect their performance at training or on game day:

  • What environment does a player come from?
  • Is their car ride to the court a positive/negative experience?
  • Are they experiencing parental pressure or expectations?
  • Are they having academic or social difficulties at school?
  • What positive/negative experiences they’ve had in the past?
  • Why are they playing basketball? What motivates them?

Whilst we think sport is a great way to focus on positive actions, we are sensitive to any issues a player may be experiencing and are happy to provide any extra support a player may need. Our kids know their coaches will guide them, teach them, and most importantly be there for them.

“A good coach should grow, know and understand the kids”
“How you communicate determines how a person reacts to you”

Positive communication

All our coaches are known for the positive way they interact with and inspire players. It is important to us that each individual is acknowledged and encouraged. If critiques are given, they are followed by a clear explanation, and re-enforcement that the coach believes in a player’s abilities. We work hard to instil a sense of self-belief in all our kids; giving them the confidence to be the best they can be.

“You trust me, I trust you. You believe in me, I believe in you.”

A Two-Way Street

Being a coach isn’t about barking at kids and expecting them to blindly follow orders. Our players and coaches have a two-way, open communication channel where feedback and communication is given by coaches and to coaches. If a player feels they can see a better opportunity than the direction given by the coach, we encourage them to trust their judgement and take it. This openness means Transition Sports players and coaches have a great level of mutual respect for each other.