Reading the comments on the article about Coaches, it somehow brought me back to my schooldays. My teachers had such great influence on me that till today the skills they had taught me has prepared me to take on the challenges in life. Obviously there were "ups" and "downs" but all that is part of the challenges. Everything is an experience to fortify ourselves to be stronger each time.
So when I read Patricia Cross's phrase on teachers i felt how right she was as she portrayed the essences of an "excellent teacher". I felt this could be adopted also to fit an "excellent coach" as both the jobs are very similar.
Replacing the term "teacher" with "coach" and "people" with "players" , Patricia Cross phrase would now read:
"The task of an excellent coach is to stimulate apparently ordinary players to unusual effort.
The tough problem is not identifying winners: it is making winners out of ordinary players."
Lets ask ourselves whether the Chairman of the Coaching Committee, the National Coaches for the Seniors, Juniors and Age Groups have such instinctive qualities in them. I ask this because I have not seen any "herculean" performances in any of the National teams i.e the absence of making winners in ordinary players.
Therefore in what categories are our National Coaches? This is best seen in a phrase of William Arthur Ward. It is about teachers which I have readopted for coaches. It is as follows:
"The mediocre coach tells. The good coach explains.The superior coach demonstrates. The great coach inspires."
Do I have to state it? Surely you should know the answer. I think it is just about "mediocre".
This probably explains why the various Malaysian National teams are not performing and Malaysian hockey is in this dismal state. What makes it sad is that MHF is not too concerned about all this or it is unable to comprehend the matter. Maybe, and maybe they may not have had great teachers.