I get calls from coaches every season.
They want to come to a coaching summit, but they're not even sure if they want to coach next season.
They think they want to quit.
They ask, “Should I even come to the summit?”
They worry about "being a distraction" or "being a downer" to the group.
When I ask them what's up, it usually goes something like this:
"It was a really long, hard season. I haven’t talked to anyone else about the challenges I’m facing. It’s just gotten worse and worse all season long. Even if I had someone to talk to, I wouldn’t even know where to start!”
- OR -
"I’m the only female on my staff. There are things that I would do so differently. Maybe it’s just me though. I bring things up - that I think are important and they just blow it off. Or…they say it’s a good idea but things never ever change. I feel like all my feedback and ideas are just a total waste of time. I’m so frustrated. I think I'm just done with coaching."
- OR -
"I worked so hard this year. We didn't get the results I was hoping for...again. It’s almost as if any decision I make is going to come with complaints and resistance - from athletes, parents, the administration….and even my staff. I seriously can't win! I'm not sure it's worth all this effort."
I'd imagine there isn’t a single coach out there who hasn’t questioned their decision to be a coach - at least once (or maybe multiple times) - every single year.
When a coach brings up the possibility of quitting at a summit, they are often surprised to find out how many other coaches have been there, too.Read More