Good Composure is Vital for Coaching

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens says it’s crucial for coaches to maintain good composure at all age levels to promote fun, learning and passion for the game they are playing.

Stevens knows from experience that maintaining composure in difficult situations is one of the most significant qualities for a coach at any level and for every sport. He especially believes composure is vital at the youth level, because building character and teaching the fundamentals of the game are both more important than winning. It is crucial that coaches reinforce the idea that athletic competition is ultimately about learning, enjoying, and improving on what they are doing. Stevens thinks the most central aspect of youth sports is to promote passion for the game so kids are excited about the sports they play.

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