The coaching ranks has it fair share of Control Freaks regardless of the sport. These people are not very good at delegating, nor are they comfortable with sharing the scope of what’s going on with others. In addition to what’s been said, they all tend to have similar characteristics. Here are just a few:
Their personality and demeanor is one of intimidation, presented in total or in part as, “I know what I’m doing here”, and/or “respect me or else.”
There is no thinking out of the box with these people. Players and staff coaches alike are not there to think - but do as they’re told.
There is no learning curve, no benefit of the experience. Every phase of a practice and game time is mapped out in detail - but, kept close to the chest of the Control Freak.
Players are expected to know when, where and why at all times - but are rarely given the opportunity to practice the supporting roles that give them the chance to practice when, where and why…
Missed opportunities on the field are always blamed on others for not acting properly.
There are two (2) unwritten laws when dealing with Control Freaks (1) don’t speak until spoken to (2) don’t tell me, I’ll tell you.
Failure is not an option, nor is it something to learn from.
A Control Freak will always give credit to himself/herself for how many wins he/she has, but will never give credit to the players that actually did the work.
When a player gets hurt or injured on the field, that’s not his/her problem.
There is no tolerance or endurance limits for the Control Freak, hence, said same for others.
Kids are nothing more than a bunch of smart @#!*’s that have to kept in line.
Control Freaks rarely, if ever, realize the personality that they project. And that’s not unusual. They’re so focused on their pattern of behavior that everything else around them is out of focus.
If you’re a head coach, staff coach, assistant coach … take stock of the Code of Ethics that you addressed when you got into this business. Coaching is a life skills responsibility, tailored to the level of competition and the age group that’s involved. If you have to rationalize to yourself …”this is the only way I know in order to survive”, your in the wrong business. Don’t go there.
Pitching Coach John Baker