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The Coach of Many Hats

 

Team Manager

Take a moment to think of the various roles you play and the different hats that you may wear in your day to day coaching. At any given time you could be a team manager, marketer, administrator, office manager, league convener, HR manager, psychologist, facility manager, just to name a few.

There is a lot to do, and often not enough money, time, energy or staff to get it all done. Not only that, but you also need to consider how much time you’re spending wearing each hat.

Depending on the size of your organization/club it can make sense for a few people to inherit and manage many tasks. We become “expert” jugglers at switching from task to task and many jobs, although part of your program, are being done in addition to the actual time spent on a field, deck, court etc.

So while wearing all these hats yourself may seem like an effective strategy, it can become disadvantageous not just for your athletes and program, but for you. Do you find that these other hats take away from your coaching? How easy is it for you to change hats without messing up your hair?

Here are a few ways to help you spend more time coaching and less time juggling

Build a team around you

Be aware of, and open about, your weaknesses. You don’t need to be a genius and expert at everything to be a great coach or run a great club or program. Bring in people who complement your hats by excelling where you struggle. “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”

Use technology

Let applications and great pieces of technology take the hassle out of keeping track and managing multiple hats by having one closet. This will allow you more time to spend on working with your athletes on the field, deck, court, video room etc. You would be surprised to know that some hats you wear could be combined into one.

Delegate

This plays into the above point of creating and surrounding yourself with a team that you can trust. Delegating some of those hats can help you achieve more in less time, which leaves you more time to coach on the field, deck, court etc.

Coaching is a big responsibility and the role often comes with more than just one hat. The key is balance, and learning to separate every part of your job into equally important parts.

How do you manage your many hats while balancing coaching duties? Do you find the day to day management of your club or team takes away from your coaching? How would you change it?

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