Prepare for the Unknown

The best head coaches are constantly searching for solutions to challenges that have yet to appear. Preparing for the unknown is what separates a good coach from a great coach. Preparing for the unknown can be as simple as thinking outside the moment and looking ahead at opportunities that may arise.IMG_3569

  1. Here are a few things to consider while trying to plan for the unknown:
    • Write down what you do know in regards to what you have done to get you where you are today. The best way to look ahead is to remember where you’ve been.
    • Challenge yourself by asking the “What ifs”
      • What if we have an accident?
      • What if we have a “Code of conduct policy” violation?
      • What if we gain/lose current range availability?
      • What if someone else wants to be the head coach?
      • What if the school decides not to support the program?
      • What if a sponsor donates a significant amount of money?
      • What if an outside group tries to influence the team?
  1. There are many things to consider while planning for the unknown but the best advice is to always consider “What could happen”. You need to be prepared and ready for anything that can positively or negatively impact the team.
  2. Coaches that incorporate some form of preparing for the unknown will have greater success while maintaining a strong balance of leadership and management.
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