Why Nothing Is Compulsory in Amateur Sport

Preseason retreats, post-match recoveries, and social functions are all common events where the local club coach will demand that it’s ‘compulsory’ for players to attend.

I believe this approach sends the wrong message to players – why would you want to indicate that there will be some form of punishment or consequence for not complying when players are giving up time with family, work or other hobbies to play amateur sport? At the end of the day, your players ultimately have a choice on how they decide to spend their time.


With this in mind, coaches should reframe their thinking and direct their energy into creating an environment were players ‘want’ to participate in these events because they understand the underlying purpose and benefit from them.


The results from building a team where players truly value their time together will be far greater than using your role of coach as a dictatorship.





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