Strict Coaches Are Better for Athletes

Some athletes don’t favor strict coaches, but these coaches just want what is best for their teams. Strict coaches are the best coaches.

People tend to think that strict coaches are mean, but that’s usually not their intention. Being strict isn’t being mean, it’s showing a passion for the sport, which is very important. Coaches aren’t there to watch their players mess around at practice. They’re there to make them better at their sport and try to guide them to victory. 

Having a coach whose main goal is to help their players improve shows that they actually care. It’s important for a coach to be honest with their players when they need to change something or work a little harder in some areas of their sport. Some athletes wouldn’t want their coaches to be too hard on them. But strict coaches really just want what is best for their players. Strict coaches are the best coaches.

If I have a coach who isn’t working the team hard to be our best, I don’t think they care enough. It’s always frustrating to be on a team where the athletes want it more than the coach does because the coach isn’t doing their absolute best to tell the team what they need to do to improve. Or the team can just lose hope in winning completely, which is even worse. 

“Being soft on the players can come across as too easy-going, which therefore prevents athletes from taking the sport seriously and being competitive,” said Sheila Bubramanian, writer for Viking Sports.  

Athlete’s love for the game can be lost if they have a coach who isn’t pushing them to win. Yes, I think having fun is very important in sports. But it’s not fun when you’re losing every game and you have no drive to play at all. I also think the softer coaches tend to not work their players hard enough at practice, yet seem to be surprised when their team loses games, matches, or competitions. If they tried their hardest to make their team the best they could be and they still lost, at least they could be content in knowing they did everything they could for the team and that the team actually tried. Of course, it’s important for athletes to have self-motivation, but having someone to tell you “keep going” or “don’t give up” makes a huge difference. 

“And just when you think you might give up, your coach is there to step in and firmly tell you that you need to stick it out and wait for the positive results that will come during competitions,” Bubramanian said. 

It gives you what you need to push through the pain when conditioning or practicing, even when your body is aching. 

Strict coaches can also teach athletes lessons bigger than the game itself. They teach you not only how to be a better player, but also how to be a better person. These lessons will be important for all aspects of their lives, getting a job, starting a family and more. Coaches can teach them what it means to work hard, giving them a strong work ethic. Dedication is another trait that can result from a strict coach. These coaches will want their athletes to work on their own and put in their own time to make themselves better. They teach patience when their athletes don’t pick something up quickly, but urge them to work their hardest and will try to help them improve. They teach their players perseverance, how to be a good teammate and how to have sportsmanship.

Overall, I’d take a strict coach over an easy-going coach any day. At the end of the day, they just want to help their players improve, and I can appreciate that.