As COVID-19 has forcefully brought most facets of life to a halt, including beloved sports, many people are experiencing financial or morale hardships, even coaches. Now more than ever, coaches want to get back on the field, in the weight room, or in the office with their players and peers. Unfortunately, this desired return to normalcy will likely not take effect for an extended period of time. This is where encouragement is necessary.
As many people have recently been negatively impacted and discouraged, coaches have the unique opportunity to practice what they preach within their respective programs; encourage those around you no matter the circumstances. Time and time again coaches have been there for one another, and this pandemic is no exception. Over time, coaches have formed a unique brotherhood, compiled of national connections. Though physically separated, a phone call, text, Zoom, Skype meeting, or social media post can be used to uplift anyone and everyone. These virtual outlets allow the special community of coaches to continue connecting and supporting one another.
Coaches Helping Coaches
As you continue to virtually connect with your players, support staff, and fellow coaches, one way to implement encouraging messages is by incorporating the following hashtags on social media:
On Mondays, use this hashtag as you encourage an athlete or fellow coach that you are currently mentoring or have previously mentored. Send an uplifting quote, note of appreciation, or affirmation to let those around you know that you care.
On Tuesdays, use this hashtag as you virtually incorporate team building exercises. Even though everyone isn’t physically together, it is important to continue to focus on team building and growth. Weekly exercises every Tuesday are a good way to do this.
On Wednesdays, use this hashtag as you empower those around you. Promote a word of uplifting encouragement and empower your athletes or fellow coaches to get creative in making a difference in the lives of others.
On Thursdays, use this hashtag as you consider the less fortunate. Advocate for those who are experiencing difficult times. Extend a listening ear or promote a certain cause, which will generate concern and awareness for those who need it the most.
On Fridays, use this hashtag as you promote an act of service. Facilitate decisions that promote and enact the service of your athletes and fellow coaches. Be a blessing to someone who needs it. This will encourage and uplift spirits as the weekend draws near.
At the end of the day, everyone can always use some words or deeds of encouragement. The coaching profession is truly special, and now is the time to continue spreading positive encouragement throughout our society.