Holiday Gift Guide - Top Gifts for Your Squad →

Coaches Answer: What matters most in your role?

October 18, 2020

Anum Hussain

We recently spoke with over 600 coaches about the impact COVID has had on return to play and their roles. Through these conversations, we learned more about what coaches care about and what motivates them to do their job. We heard a number of responses ranging from developing player skills to keeping them healthy.

Skill Development

The most emphasis was put on skill development and training. Coaches value investing time in individual athlete growth, which was disrupted during the pandemic. But whether pre or post COVID, we heard:

  • 60% says it’s very important to teach athletic skills
  • 52% want to improve an athlete’s skills over time
  • 45% focus on training exceptional talent

Staying Healthy

Naturally, staying safe in a pandemic-driven world is a top priority for not only coaches, but parents, schools, and more. We heard:

  • 55% of coaches are focused on keeping kids safe
  • 43% of coaches are focused on keeping kids active

Of course, health also encompasses the benefits of keeping kids active even during this time. Many don’t want to see players fall behind by missing time on the field, court, or more.

Personal Growth

We’ve all heard the numerous benefits playing sports can have on kids, and coaches only echoed this.

  • 61% want to help athletes achieve their goals
  • 53% prioritize teaching teamwork
  • 50% prioritize instilling confidence

Competition

Of course, students are in to win it, right? So are coaches.

  • 47% mentioned the importance of winning larger championships
  • 39% mentioned winning games and competitions
  • 51% say their role involves identifying more talented athletes

Building Relationships

Many coaches enjoyed and prioritized the relationships they build and maintain through their role with various stakeholders.

  • 68% their role means having good relationships with athletes
  • 60% their role means having good relationships with people running league / org
  • 54% their role means having good relationships with parents

Overall, it’s clear coaches care.

Not that we ever doubted it! To learn more about the state of coaching in 2020, check out our latest ebook.

Ebook-State-of-Coaching-2020


Ready to jump in?

SquadLocker helps simplify custom team gear, uniforms, and spirit-wear for schools, leagues, companies, & more so you can skip the headaches and fundraise faster.

Get Started
SquadLocker
SquadLocker

More from the Squad Blog

We Tried It: New UA LAX and Baseball Bags

We Tried It: New UA LAX and Baseball Bags

A bag is a bag. You can call it a tote or a backpack or duffel or whatever, but it’s just a sack to carry around your apparel and gear, right?

Read More
NHL On Track for Jan 1 Start

NHL On Track for Jan 1 Start

What would winter be without ice hockey! If your team hasn’t geared up yet for this season -- perhaps waiting to see what might happen with COVID-19 Return to Play guidelines -- now’s the time to...

Read More
Top Holiday Gifts for the Guys

Top Holiday Gifts for the Guys

Yikes! In case you haven’t noticed, the holidays are right around the corner! Is your SquadLocker store all decked out and ready to sell the hottest gifts? Everyone wants to shop your store,...

Read More
Virtual Learning Calls Attention to Student Privacy Laws

Virtual Learning Calls Attention to Student...

With millions of students now relying on online tools for virtual education, we need to be extra diligent in maintaining students’ data privacy, and PTA and PTO leaders play a large role.

Read More
See More Posts