Monday, January 7, 2013

I hope your coach isn't a Jailer, Mumbler or Sad Sam

I was leafing through 1975's "Coaching Girls and Women: Psychological Perspectives" and getting ready to place it in the donation box when one page caught my eye.

In a discussion of coaching styles, the authors — Patsy E. Neal and Thomas A. Tutko — cite a 1971 study by Lloyd Percival in which he outlined coaching types that served as positive forces and coaching types that served as negative forces.

What I found interesting were the labels Percival (or perhaps those he interviewed) used for the negative and positive types. I think the language is a neat reflection of the era (late 1960s, early 1970s). We certainly don't use all of these phrases any more to describe our coaches.

Positive Types
  • Counsellor
  • Mr. Cool
  • Democrat
  • Appreciator
  • Inspirer
  • Organizer
  • Orator
  • Planner
  • With It
  • The Doctor
  • Explainer
  • Salesman
  • Tourist
  • Supporter
  • Shrink

Negative Types
  • Insulter
  • Shouter
  • Avenger
  • Choker
  • Shakey
  • Tough Guy
  • Molder
  • Hero
  • Rocker
  • Whiner
  • Fast Mouth
  • Blister
  • Rapper
  • Black Catter
  • General Custer
  • Critic
  • Super Friend
  • White Cane
  • Sulker
  • Sloppy Joe
  • Hitter
  • Mumbler
  • Sad Sam
  • Scientist (Genius)
  • Jailer

Many of these terms are also included and explained on "What Type of Coach Are You?" — a tip sheet that was put together by diving coach Hobie Billingsley in 2002. Interestingly, Billingsley uses the negative term "Hitler" instead of "Hitter." I wonder if that was a typo in the 1975 book.

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