WHAT IS A GOOD COACH? from Steve Nash

  • Steve Nash was an outstanding basketball player.

  • He has a coaches manual which describes what it takes to coach youth.

  • Here is the description of a good coach from that manual.

For those of us who want to know more about coaching, here is an extract from the Steve Nash Youth Basketball COACHES MANUAL.

It says so much about what it takes to be a coach.


Stephen John Nash, OC (Order of Canada), OBC (Order of British Columbia) (born February 7, 1974), is a Canadian retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an eight-time NBA All-Star and a seven-time All-NBA selection. Twice, Nash was named the NBA Most Valuable Player while playing for the Phoenix Suns. He currently serves as general manager of the Canadian national team and as player development consultant for the Golden State Warriors.



A coach is…

• A teacher, a friend and a role model for children, parents and other coaches.

• Organized, prepared, flexible and resourceful enough to meet goals.

• Fair and sensitive to everyone’s needs.

• Patient and enjoys helping others learn and grow, not just in sport, but as a whole person.

• A teacher of the core values of the program.


A good coach communicates clearly. A picture is worth a thousand words. New skills should be clearly introduced with a demonstration.

A good coach makes encouraging comments to the group. Coaches should encourage their players by praising their efforts. Children like to be told they are doing a good job and working hard.

A good coach provides specific instruction to individual children. Coaches should recognize the individual differences of each child and addresses them differently/appropriately.

A good coach provides opportunities for feedback and questions from the children. Children should never be discouraged from asking questions.

-A good coach has happy children. Children who enjoy working with a good coach leave practices happy and satisfied, ready to come back the next time.


As a coach in the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program, I will…

  • Teach and promote the program’s philosophy and core values: FUNdamentals, Learning, Activity, Success, Respect.

  • Ensure a safe learning atmosphere for the children at all times.

  • Make basketball participation fun and enjoyable for all children.

  • Act in a professional manner pertaining to dress, language and behavior.

  • Strive to learn the game, its concepts and its rules.

  • Lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all players.

  • Be organized and prepared to teach, by dedicating the necessary time to learn preparation.

  • Ensure that all activities undertaken are suitable for the children’s: Age and experience; Ability; Fitness level.

  • Respect and foster the uniqueness of each child while developing realistic expectations that are based on individual abilities.

  • Place the emphasis in all activities on active involvement with a CHILD FIRST philosophy.

  • Encourage and include the support of parents and interested volunteers.

  • Be a positive role model for the children, parents/guardians and other volunteers.

Above can be found on page 7 of the Steve Nash Youth Basketball COACHES MANUAL – 253 pages.


The above says so much about being a coach.

Are you are interested in learning more about coaching?

If so, contact me to obtain a report on a simple and easy system on how to set up group coaching programs for youth. You can do this in the ‘Contact us‘ section of the website.

Please contact me to enter the discussion OR TO REQUEST A FREE COPY OF THE GROUP COACHING PLAYBOOK. 

Wishing you lots of love and laughter, as always.

Fred Jones

Victoria, BC Canada

Fred Jones

Fred Jones







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