Core Practice 15 - Leadership Development

Provide opportunities for athletes to develop and practice leadership skills

The coach designs strategies for athletes to take leadership roles within the team as appropriate. The coach identifies the natural leaders who are in those roles because of seniority, age, or skill and supports them to utilize that position in service of team aims.  

The coach also helps identify opportunities for younger or less assured athletes to cultivate their leadership skills throughout a season or throughout their time in the program.  

Opportunities for leadership vary based on age and type of team, but may include leadership councils, athlete-led meetings and discussions, or leading drills, captaining intra-team groups or relays, leading an off the field activity, or speaking to the group.