Whenever we train a team we always discuss athletes' performances and how they present themselves. We decided to compile a list of what makes an athlete easy to work with, aka coachable. Coaches across the whole athletic world will agree that a coachable athlete beats out non-coachable any day of the week.
If you're sitting there asking yourself, "Am I non-coachable?" Then there's a good chance you might be, so here's a list of traits and behaviors every coach looks for in an athlete. We divided the two traits we find the most important into two categories and made sub-categories from there to explain each characteristic. Compare yourself to this list and ask, "Am I coachable?"
- Effort - possibly the most important piece of the success puzzle, do you give your full-effort every time for your team and self?
- Hard work - every practice, every lift, every shift you're giving it your all, you're not sitting back waiting for someone else to get better or make the play.
- Compete - are you willing to compete all of the time? If you want to be the best you need to show that all of the time, choosing when you want to try and not will only lead to one thing: doubt from a coach.
- 0-100 (reference Drake's song) - can you turn on the jets when asked and needed to? Your coach gives you a task-you do it, no questions, no lack of effort, you give everything you have all of the time to the same degree.
- Attitude - this trait goes hand in hand with effort, if there's lacking effort-we guarantee there's an attitude issue as well.
- Positive - this is having a mindset that is optimistic and is willing to keep any negativity away from the team, negativity is infectious there's no room for that on a team. Have a personal issue? Keep it away from your team and take care of it on your own.
- Enthusiastic - energetic and excited about the tasks being performed, running drills knowing there's a reason behind them and giving it your all. An athlete that mopes is easy to point out, they're usually being shown up by the enthusiastic athlete.
- Teammate - this is having everyone's back, a good teammate shows support and energy to everyone on the team. Don't be that guy who needs attention, so you end up not trying, bringing someone else down or not caring (that's a disease).
- CARE - show that you give a damn, coaches notice this. Not caring is literally the worst thing you can do-first, your coach will notice and give opportunities to others, next, teammates will begin to isolate you, because let's face it...who wants to work with negative Nancy? Why show up if you're not going to try?
- Responsible - if you're on a team you have a responsibility, do your job 100% of the time. Take ownership when you mess up and work harder to earn it back, a strong team is built by trust in one another.
- Leader - everyone is a leader in their own way, whether you lead by voice or action, it doesn't matter. Pick others up by working hard, don't put them down.
- Respect - you have to give to receive, showing respect to coaches, teammates, parents, everyone in your life is the easiest way to ensure respect being given back to you.
- Body language - how do you carry yourself? If you mess up, do you hang your head or bust your ass to earn it back? If you don't want to do something, do you go half-ass or choose to not fully listen? These things are as easily seen as voicing your lack of care.
Work your ass off, bring a great attitude and you will be rewarded for your effort.