Relationship between coaches, players grows

Published 11:59 pm Monday, September 7, 2009

Each week, whether it is at a football or volleyball game, I’ve noticed one common occurrence — that the relationship between coach and player grows.

Ever since I began as the sports editor of the Andalusia Star-News in April 2008, I have always wondered what type of dynamic that is.

Usually, from a fan’s point of view, the only thing you see is the coach yelling at a player for missing an assignment or the player getting the rare high five for a well-executed play.

Each week on the sidelines and in the gym, I see something totally different.

As I try to make my way around the players that are a lot bigger than I am on the football field, I notice that each coach makes it a priority that their players recognize what they did wrong and the best way to correct that particular mistake.

So, at that brief moment, a coach turns away from the action on the field to address that player’s mistake.

I can always see frustration from a player’s viewpoint, but it quickly turns into recognition of what they did wrong to how he can do that play a lot better.

“I can do better coach.” That’s something I always hear shortly thereafter.

Having not played sports in high school, I wasn’t very familiar with the relationship between a coach and a player.

More often than not, I find myself surprised at the lengths coaches will go for their players.

So, I beg to ask, does the relationship between a coach and a player far reach beyond that of the field?

I believe so and I know that parents of players know that as well.

I hope that coaches will continue to be a huge factor in an athlete’s life in any sport because that’s where a player receives the core of his values — discipline, confidence and a sense of purpose, to name a few.

Whether it’s on the football field or in the gym, don’t fret when you see a coach get in the face of their athletes.

It’s only helping them become better players and more importantly, better people.