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Simon Browning and Glyn Davies like this.

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This is something similar to that which I have been thinking about myself recently. In our sport - like many others - we film players in training sessions and games with the aim to breakdown their play and critique their actions. But how many of us watch the same film with an eye on our conduct during the game/session?

I have a similar view to what I think you have, in that I believe a team will take on the personality of its coach. Many is the time that I have been at a game and it has started to get a bit chippy and I look to the other side and the other coach is striding up and down, shouting and screaming at players and refs. You kinda think "ah yeah. I get it now".

It also relates to your actions when something doesn't go right - a dropped pass, missed tackle, whatever. Do you throw your hands up in the air in disgust/annoyance? Do you encourage? It is something that I try to consciously work on - not that Im saying I don't do it occasionally.

for sessions I think that sometimes we need to remember that a session is just one step on a journey, and people are at different points on it. No-one consciously makes mistakes. No-one deliberately goes out to do it wrong. Some people just take a bit longer to take the journey. As you rightly say, a coach needs to identify where they are and adapt accordingly. Shouting all the time aint going to accelerate them.

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david clarke said:

Yes I agree Simon. You put it very well in your last paragraph it sums up what I was trying to get across

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Glyn Davies said:

A good question - as coaches we forget how much influence we have over our young players and how we can affect their lifelong connection with the sport.

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